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Pep Guardiola wants Mikel Arteta to stay at Mancheste City – but won’t try to talk him out of taking the Arsenal job.
Former Gunner Arteta has been strongly linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
After champions City signed off in style by winning at Southampton to set a new record of 100 points in a top-flight season, Guardiola said: “What we have done this season, for all the staff, Mikel, his contribution, was outstanding, amazing.
“We were together so good, all the staff, Mikel.
“So if he stays I will be happiest guy in the world.
“If he decide to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say you don’t have to go.
“I want the best for my friends, and he’s a friend of mine, and I want the best.
“If he decides to go, I will be so sad, but I will understand his decision, because it’s his career, his life, his family, and I am not right guy to say you don’t have to do that.
“But hopefully hopefully he can stay and finish what we have started together in the coming years.”
Ex-Arsenal ace Patrick Vieira is also in the running to take the reigns at the Emirates.
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