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ARSENAL CRISIS Pep Guardiola warns Arsenal against sacking Mikel Arteta after Arsenal are beaten again


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted his former assistant Mikel Arteta should be given time to avert his Arsenal crisis after the Gunners were hammered 4-1 in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The Gunners were outclassed by Guardiola’s Manchester City, who reached the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a comfortable win at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta has not seen his side win a domestic game since November 1 but he opted to make eight changes to the team that lost at Everton on Saturday and, while his former boss Guardiola made seven alterations of his own, the difference in the respective squads was clear for all to see.

Arsenal chiefs have vowed to stand by Arteta after he oversaw the most disastrous start to a season for Arsenal in four decades and now Guardiola has urged them to hold their nerve in what has now become a crisis.

"They will do a huge, big mistake," he told BBC Radio 5 Live when asked about Arteta’s future.

"I’m pretty sure they are going to trust him. I understand for the analysts, analyse the results, but I was with him many years and I know his incredible quality as a human being and especially as a manager, how he is involved in everything. It’s just a question of time and he will do well.

"I’m not on the board. For me they will do a big mistake if they are thinking. They give him the confidence, they won two titles when for a long time ago it didn’t happen at this club.

"In this pandemic situation, with injury problems they have and the games they played always they played good, but unfortunately these games is our job and it depends on the results. But football changes in one week so quick.

"I can speak about my experience alongside him, one of the most incredible successful teams in English history we had and he was part of this success and it would not be possible without him, and to create something like this you need time like I had in my first season."

Arteta has insisted bad luck and not bad management is to blame for his side's failings, but he is running out of excuses after this latest hammering.

"It was a combination of the amount of games that some of them have played, some players could not be involved, and others deserved to play," said the Spaniard.

"It is a painful moment again, we started the game and conceded a soft goal really early. After that in this moment, to get over that is difficult.”

"We're going through a lot of difficulties, the last thing we want to be thinking of is more problems coming up in the next few months. I'm not in that state of mind.

"I know the responsibility that I have and why I am here. Everybody knows that from a few months ago, this wasn't going to be resolved really quickly. I think that's the consciousness of everybody at the club.

"From within the club everything I am feeling is just support, encouragement and total confidence that we will get through this together.

"A club of this stature deserves the best and when it is not happening, everyone is going to question what is happening.

"I am the most responsible one in terms of results, so I have to accept that."

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