Arteta reveals phone call with Guardiola after Man City Premier League win

Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola

Arteta reveals phone call with Guardiola after Man City Premier League win

Faruq Ibrahim 23:57 - 26.05.2023

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals details of his conversation with Guardiola after the former Bayern and Barcelona boss beat him to the Premier League title.

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the third consecutive season, this time at Arsenal's expense. Still, the Gunners' manager, Mikel Arteta, revealed that he called Guardiola to congratulate him. 

The North London club led the league table for a huge chunk of the season but lost it to a nigh-perfect Manchester City in the final run-in.

Arteta has a relationship with Guardiola, having served as his assistant manager previously. The heat of competition did not seem to melt their ties, as the Spaniard in charge of the crushed Arsenal side called his friend to salute him.

What Arteta said to Pep 

In a conversation with Sky Sports, the manager of the Emirates Stadium occupants revealed that he called his former boss to applaud him and his staff, as he believes winning the Premier League is no small feat and should not be taken for granted.  

He pointed out that the former Barcelona captain is a good friend of his, whom he admires as a person and respects as a professional. 

"I called him to congratulate him and the staff because people may think things that happen are granted for them,” He told Sky Sports, according to 90Mins.

"They have to work so hard and all the hours they put in, how much they suffer and how much they have to think and think… and try to always promote that winning mentality that they are doing.

"Then at the end, you have to say congratulations; this is sport. He's a really good friend of mine. I not only respect him, but I admire him as a person, as a professional."

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