Why Pep Guardiola finally leaving Man City may spell disaster for Arsenal

Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola
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Mikel Arteta is the ideal candidate to replace Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to former footballer Danny Mills.

Arteta, 42, and Guardiola, 53, each have just one year remaining on their current contracts. And after winning a sixth Premier League title at Arsenal's expense last season, Guardiola acknowledged he would leave City sooner rather than later. "The reality is I am closer to leaving than staying," Guardiola said on the final day of last season.

The manager also suggested that talks will take place during the campaign about his future. Arteta also assured Arsenal fans during the final week of last term that he and the club would discuss a new deal. Mills, meanwhile, sees him as the successor to Guardiola.

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“Mikel Arteta is the best man to replace Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, without a shadow of a doubt," Mills has told BetVictor. "He's worked with Pep, he knows the way City play, and he can come in with the same level of intensity as him. We know how intense Pep is and the pressure he puts on himself and his team to be the best every single day. Pep gets burnt out, and you can understand why."

The former City player has also acknowledged the worries about life after Guardiola for City, which Arsenal could benefit from. “I think it will be a concern," Mills continued. "It's like trying to replace Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson. Those coaches have been so successful because they are so unique. It's almost impossible to replicate that style of play and intensity. The way City play, the style, everything is down to Pep. And if you look at what happened to Barcelona after he left, those players started to leave the football club, and they were never the same."

Mills also believes it is a situation that should be proactive about this summer. “The hierarchy at City have to be looking for a successor now, and I'm sure they are," Mills stated before adding: "There are lots of coaches winning in the City Group, for instance. It's a concern for City, but when you look at what they've done in the past, the senior figures they've brought in to manage the academy and recruitment, you have to put faith in them and hope that there is a good succession plan.”