Manchester City’s Premier League title defence got off to a good start after Pep Guardiola’s men defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates last Sunday.
And, according to the Telegraph, it was an ex-Arsenal player who played a pivotal role in Manchester City leaving London with all three points.
Mikel Arteta, who is currently one of Guardiola’s assistant coaches at the Etihad and was heavily linked with the Arsenal job before Unai Emery was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor, was instrumental in Manchester City’s second goal.
The Telegraph reports the former Arsenal man suggested a tactical tweak that allowed Bernardo to fire into the top corner to put the Premier League champions 2-0 in front.
It is still early days but, should Arteta continue to work under Guardiola and evolve as a coach capable of making decisive in-game adjustments like the one made in the Citizens’ triumph over Arsenal, then the Spaniard could one day find himself in the Etihad dugout.
Have a look at what Manchester City supporters are saying about Arteta below…
I have a feeling Arteta is going to become something quite special as a manager.
— Cornish Blue (@1cornishblue) August 13, 2018
I’m convinced he’ll take over from Pep….not a bad choice IMHO looks like he has all the right credentials
— eileen fullen (@FullenEileen) 13 August 2018
I noticed this yesterday too,he definitely had something to do with it
— Chase (@chase84_chase) August 13, 2018
If Arteta isn’t our next manager then I’m a mermaid
— Centurions (@SoccerPM) 12 August 2018
We need to hold on to Arteta and delegate him now as Peps chosen one to succeed him otherwise we will lose him. Pep sadly i doubt will stay on after another 3 years. He will seek a fresh challenge. This is a seamless no brainer transfer. Essentially Arteta is the number 2 now.
— Charles Marcus MCFF (@CharlesMCanada) August 12, 2018
— Maureen Tucker (@tucker_tucker17) August 13, 2018
I think the new system they played today was introduced by Arteta & Pep was thanking him for the victory
— David Jenkinson (@bowlerjenks) August 12, 2018