Pep Guardiola is considering including Arsenal veteran Mikel Arteta to his backroom staff at Manchester City if the midfielder retires this summer, according to a report from The Times.
Arteta still remains a close friend of Guardiola and the Spaniard’s fitness coach Lorenzo Buenaventura and was a recent visitor to Bayern Munich’s Sabener Strasse training complex.
Guardiola is leaving the German champions to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City at the end of this season and will give a thought to Arteta’s own future.
The pair was even spotted deep in conversation at The Emirates after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Bayern in October.
Arteta, who started his career at Barcelona’s La Masia academy with Guardiola one of his main idols, is out of contract at Arsenal when the season ends and has suffered persistent fitness issues because of a recurring calf problem.
The midfielder has already taken his first step towards a career in coaching having started his badges, and he has worked with Arsenal’s Under-13 team recently and Wales Under-16 side.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also has previously hinted that he would consider Arteta for a coaching role and now Guardiola will mull over the footballing intelligence of the 33-year-old.
Guardiola is no doubt a great manager. But unfortunately, to taste the success at City, being a great manager is not all the criteria Pep will need. Premier League is a different ball game compared to what he has encountered in La Liga or Bundesliga.
The recent television deal in Premier League has changed football in English soil. Now, instead of just four or five teams having all the resources to fight for the ultimate, it seems most of the Premier League clubs have the bank balance to compete for the title run.
Interestingly Guardiola in his previous clubs has seen that out managing a few tough opponents will see him kiss the silverware, but the scenario totally changes in Premier League as he will have to outperform over half the league.
Arteta’s knowledge of the Premier League, achieved through 11 years with Everton and then Arsenal, could be regarded as helpful by Manchester City’s next boss Guardiola.