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Pep Guardiola is glad to see former assistant Mikel Arteta make a big impact at Arsenal

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PEP GUARDIOLA is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with his former No.2 Mikel Arteta, who takes Arsenal to Manchester City tonight.

The City boss admitted he always expected Arteta to become a manager in his own right and has been impressed by the start his fellow Spaniard has made since taking charge of the Gunners in December.

‘I’m looking forward [to it] a lot,’ said Guardiola. ‘I said three or four years ago, when we started together, I was convinced he would be a manager when the right opportunity came.

‘He’s done incredibly well. His ideas are already implemented, already in the team and his positional game is getting better every day.

‘To do that in a short time is not easy. I’m pretty sure Arsenal will have success in a short time, in the future, with him on the bench.’

Guardiola says he is still in regular contact with Arteta but he does not give him tips, adding: ‘He’s an adult and doesn’t need advice from me.

‘We talk about how everything is, the family, the first days, how he’s settling in the team. We talk about normal things. We are friends, ex-colleagues. That is all.’

Kevin De Bruyne remains a doubt after the playmaker missed Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United with a shoulder injury. ‘Kevin trained the last two days but I don’t know if he’ll be able to play,’ added Guardiola.