Mikel Arteta 'happy' to miss out on Arsenal job

Manchester City co assistant coach Mikel Arteta during the press conference Action Images via Reuters  Andrew Boyers

Arteta was close to replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer, only for Arsenal to have second thoughts because of his lack of managerial experience, turning instead to former Valencia, Sevilla and PSG coach Unai Emery.

"In football, it is so hard to predict things". "You all know some things that happened, the reality is I'm here and I'm very happy. I wouldn't change the players for any others".

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta believes the Premier League champions have the best players in the world but that holders Real Madrid are favourites to win the Champions League again this season.

"The decision was made and I am so happy the decision was made", he said (via The Mirror). "I am very privileged to be where I am".

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He stated that Real Madrid are still favourite to win this season's Champions League trophy despite losing their all-time highest goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer. We are preparing every detail to improve what we've done in the past. "He knows what a player is thinking so I think he's a great coach". We got brought up in Barcelona with the same mentality and the same philosophy so we clicked together really well.

"We have a fantastic momentum and there's still a lot of room for this club to grow - so I am very pleased with where I am".

The reason? Guardiola is serving a touchline ban as a result of his sending-off in last season's quarter-final against Liverpool. If I had to choose, I would choose Pep to be on the touchline because he does that better than anyone else.

Mendy was absent from the matchday squad that took on Fulham at the weekend, having struggled with a knee problem in training, and the club have taken a safety-first approach given his serious injury last season.

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