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“No. I dress better!” – Pep Guardiola brutally responds to Mikel Arteta comparisons



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hilariously played down comparisons to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash.

Manchester City travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, looking to avoid back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time since 2018, after suffering a shock loss to Wolves at Molineux, last weekend.

The treble-winners are unbeaten in the Premier League against Arsenal since 2015, but suffered a penalty shoot-out loss to the Gunners in the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium in August.

Manchester City thumped Arsenal en route to the Premier League title last season with two devastating victories – winning 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium and 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side were rivalled by Arsenal for the Premier League trophy last campaign, but could move four points clear of the Gunners with a victory at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Mikel Arteta left Guardiola’s backroom staff at the Etihad Stadium to become Arsenal manager in 2019, but has only beaten Manchester City once, in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium in 2020.

The Arsenal boss has been likened to Guardiola in the past, however the Manchester City manager played down comparisons between the pair ahead of Sunday’s clash in north London.

“No. I dress better! I’m sorry, my wife gives me the perfect outfit all the time,” joked the Catalan.

“[Characteristics?] Zero. He has a father and mother that are completely different, he has his own personality. All the success he has belongs absolutely to Mikel [Arteta] and his people and Arsenal, not me.

“People say, ‘Oh he was with Pep [Guardiola] and learned a lot!’ I learned a lot from him.

“The people say always I have to teach my assistant coaches, I bring assistant coaches to teach me. Juanma (Lillo) is here to teach me.

“But I’m a figure here, in front of the microphone, I have to talk about the excellence’s that we do as Manchester City, but I learn.

“It’s like the players. The people believe we teach the players. We learn from the players to take decisions, we learn from them many times.

“All the success, the good things and bad things, belong to him, his genetics, his mum and dad have given to him. Not me.”