Former midfielder Arteta served as assistant to Guardiola at Metropolis from 2016 to 2019 earlier than Arsenal appointed him as supervisor following the exit of Unai Emery.
Arteta’s facet are prime of the league desk with 50 factors after 19 video games, 5 factors above second-placed Metropolis who’ve performed a sport extra. The groups will face off on the Etihad Stadium in Friday’s fourth-round FA Cup conflict.
Requested about how he felt about going head-to-head with Guardiola within the league and FA Cup, Arteta informed reporters: “I always hoped this would be the case one day and it is happening this season.
“Clearly that isn’t going to alter any friendship, how essential he’s in my life and the way essential he’s to my career.
“We both want to win and defend our clubs the best possible way. That has always been the case since day one.”
Arteta, who guided Arsenal to the FA Cup in 2019-20, stated a victory on Friday would give his group momentum and enhance their confidence.
“In some ways it will define our season, yes, because if we are able to win on Friday we will go into the next round and they won’t,” Arteta added.
“It is a very important competition for us and winning will define this moment, for sure, as it will give us a chance to try to go on and win this trophy.
“This can be a huge take a look at towards, for my part, the most effective soccer group on the earth. I’m trying ahead to it. It’s going to inform us lots about the place we’re.”