Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said assistant coach Mikel Arteta “deserves the best” after he was linked with Arsenal.
The former Gunners midfielder has been tipped in some places as a possible successor to departing boss Arsene Wenger.
Asked about Arteta on Friday, Guardiola praised the 36-year-old’s contribution to City’s Premier League title-winning campaign.
He said: “My opinion of Mikel is overwhelming. He deserves the best. Working with him is one of the reasons for our success this year.”
Guardiola was also asked about rumours linking Luis Enrique, his former Barcelona team-mate and one of his managerial successors at the Nou Camp, with the Arsenal post.
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He said: “He is an an excellent manager. He can train wherever he wants and Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
City supporters called for goalkeeper Ederson to take a penalty when the champions were awarded one in last week’s victory over Swansea.
Ederson has since said he would be happy to take one, but Guardiola insists there is no chance.
He said: “That is not going to happen because he is a goalkeeper and there are other players that are going to hit them.
“There is respect for the opponents, respect for the competitions. In friendlies or penalty shoot-outs maybe he can do it but in a (league) game, no.”
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