Sports Desk: Pep Guardiola, coach of Manchester City, said Mikel Arteta was a good manager who would turn things around at Arsenal with a bit of patience despite his team’s Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
The team docilely slipped to their third Premier League defeat–the first time in 67 years that they have lost their opening three fixtures of a campaign–against City to sit at the bottom of the table with no points and no goals.
But Guardiola called on Arsenal fans to keep the faith. He said, “I worked for two or three years together with him, and I learned many things. He’s above and beyond a good manager. The character, personality, the lead. He was incredibly beloved by all of us. We were sad when he left. ”
He added, “Sometimes people expect results immediately. The squad he played with today isn’t the team he dreamed of because they had seven or eight injuries. Really important players–Ben White, Thomas Partey. ”
“He can’t use the players he needs to do it. All the managers need a deep squad. All our players except Kevin (De Bruyne) and Phil (Foden) are fit. I am a big fan of him and if they trust him, he will do a good job at Arsenal.
Arteta said, “We have some players here. Hopefully, we can get some players back,” “It’s time to reflect and look in the mirror at each of us. We need to change the dynamic straight away. I don’t think today is the day to talk about any problems with the process. Today we have to talk about the result and what happened on the pitch. And that’s it. ”