Pep Guardiola says Arsenal will not find a better manager than Mikel Arteta.
Arteta caught fire after a run of five Premier League games without a win that left Arsenal 15th in the table, just five points above the relegation places.
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But Guardiola has urged the club to maintain trust with his former Manchester City assistant and says he is confident the Spaniard will turn things around at the Emirates.
“Arsenal don’t have a better manager who leads this club – this year and next – that’s better than him,” Guardiola said.
“I don’t have to give my public support because he has it and he knows he has it. He’s one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with, of course, and seen directly.
“I’m pretty sure he’ll cross over and do it like everyone expects. But sometimes when a club comes from a not good period, sometimes it takes time.
“I would say [if I was] part of the board at Arsenal, I will have no doubts about his quality and ability to put Arsenal in the place as Arsenal deserve to be. “
Arsenal’s technical director Edu has also thrown his support fully behind Arteta, saying there is no internal talk of management change amid calls for stability.
In quotes appearing in The Mirror, Edu said: “I think the club needs stability now, we have faced so many changes. It’s not about Edu, Mikel, but about stability. Now is the time to try to be stable. Club in the old sense – outside and inside, we need that.
“Since we got here, we’ve been changing, changing, changing, now it’s time to be stable and together at the same time.”
Meanwhile, City will welcome West Brom at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday looking to relocate to three points from leaders Tottenham and Liverpool, who meet at Anfield on Wednesday.
Sergio Aguero trained on Monday and could appear after missing the 0-0 draw with Manchester United due to a stomach complaint.
Gabriel Jesus struggled to form in Aguero’s absence and went six games without a goal but Guardiola says the Brazilian international contributes much more than just putting the ball into the net.
“I love him so much,” the mayor said at a news conference Monday.
“What he is capable of doing is one of the reasons why we give up few goals, and few opportunities thank him exclusively.
“Without him we would have conceded more opportunities. And sometimes I give credit to the others. Of course, he wants to hit goals and he will do it.
“I want his goals, but his contribution is as the best striker in the world doing something no other striker can do for the team.”