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Arsenal fans can’t belive: Best coach in the world called Mikel Arteta for advice

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Mikel Arteta could get the first taste of a title challenge as Arsenal manager, especially if the first few games of this season are anything to go by. The Gunners have made a rampant start to the campaign, winning five from their first five to put them amongst the contenders at the top.

The form of those expected to be around the top, the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, have left it wide open, to begin with. While this is expected to take further shape in the coming weeks before the break for the World Cup, Arteta has a shout for his side being real contenders.

The Spaniard has played down those chances so far. However, the likes of Arsene Wenger and Thomas Frank have been very vocal about the Gunners’ challenging. Should they do so over the course of the season, the manager will have to pip an old friend to the trophy in Pep Guardiola.

Arteta worked alongside the Man City head coach during his time as an assistant at the Etihad Stadium, where he developed in the coaching role after retiring. The two have made little secret of their friendship, however, it appeared to have stemmed from an old phone call between the pair.

Back when Guardiola was in charge at Barcelona, he used to call the former midfielder, as described in an extract of the book “Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam”. A passage reads: “When Barca drew Chelsea in the Champions League (in 2012), Pep picked up the phone to pick his old friend’s brain about their upcoming opponent. Impressed by Arteta’s critical analysis, Pep made a mental note to seek his advice more often.”

Since then, their bond has been close, with Guardiola being full of praise for the Gunners and their project under Arteta, claiming back in December they were one of the best sides in the league: “We have a game in London against Arsenal, maybe one of the top teams right now. The best Arsenal in the last four or five years.”

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