LONDON (AFP) – Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta will travel with the squad for the League Cup quarter-final with Oxford despite holding talks over the vacant manager’s role at Arsenal, Pep Guardiola confirmed on Tuesday.
The City boss revealed in his pre-match press conference Arteta had taken part in a training session with the cup holders and was due to head to Oxford.
“He’s an incredible person… work ethic… and that’s why he’s with us,” said Guardiola.
“He is talking with Arsenal so I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“Now it happens with Mikel that teams want him. He knows exactly what we would like but at the end the decision is personal.
“The organisation of the club is always live, it doesn’t always stay the same. What works today might not work tomorrow. The people today maybe won’t be here tomorrow.”
Speculation linking the former Gunners captain with the vacancy at the Emirates intensified after pictures emerged of Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham outside Arteta’s house in the early hours of Monday.
It is understood City are unhappy the London club did not ask for permission to speak to Arteta and are especially annoyed because City played at Arsenal on Sunday and no approach was made when club officials met.
“He knows exactly what we want but at the end it’s his decision. It’s personal.”
“The organisation of the club is always live, it doesn’t always stay the same, what works today might not work tomorrow,” he added. “The people today maybe won’t be here tomorrow.”
Arteta, 37, played more than 100 times for Arsenal, his final club before retiring, and joined City’s coaching staff in 2016.