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Pep’s Presser: Guardiola comments on Arteta to Arsenal, Iniesta leaving Barca, Sané’s season

Premier League champions Manchester City continue their quest to break records and a win on Sunday against West Ham would equal the Most Away Wins records in league history and go within one point (with one away game to go) or equaling the Most Away Points record.

To discuss City’s trip to the London Stadium, which will see another reunion with Pablo Zabaleta, Pep Guardiola addressed the press this afternoon at the CFA.

One of the first questions Pep was asked was about assistant coach Mikel Arteta, who has been linked with the Arsenal job. Pep spoke highly of Mikel.

“I’m not the right guy to talk about that, because my opinion of Mikel is overwhelming,” said Guardiola. “He deserves the best, we are so comfortable working with him. One of the reasons for our success this season is because Mikel is here.”

Andres Iniesta announced today that he is leaving Barcelona for China at the end of the season. His former manager was asked about him…

“I could spend three minutes talking about what Iniesta means to world football.

“He is part of Barcelona’s history, it would not have been possible without him. I just want to say thank you, because he helped me… to understand the game better.”

The topic of Leroy Sané was raised with Pep asked how he had improved this season.

“The most important thing about Leroy this season has been his consistency during the games. Some guys can play good for short periods, but he was playing well for long periods,” Pep replied.

On Benjamin Mendy

“It’s a joy to train with him.

“I can’t decide if the World Cup is too soon, I don’t know. After six or seven months, you need a bit of time to get your brain, knee and football skills back.”

A hot topic of late has been Ederson taking penalties after the goalkeeper expressed interest in scoring before the end of the season. Guardiola shut the idea down quite bluntly.

“That is not going to happen. Because he’s a goalkeeper and (we have) respect for the opponents, for the competitions.”

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