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"Impressive dedication, hard work and knowledge" - Pep praises new Arsenal manager Arteta

Mikel Arteta has finally been confirmed as the new boss at Arsenal, with Pep Guardiola wishing his old Manchester City assistant well.

Guardiola wishes 'excellent coach' Arteta well at Arsenal

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has wished former assistant Mikel Arteta well after he was confirmed as Arsenal's new head coach and claimed the 37-year-old is ready for the step up.

The protracted process to announce a successor for Unai Emery was concluded on Friday when ex-Gunners captain Arteta signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Emirates Stadium.

Arteta was part of the coaching staff that has led City to two consecutive Premier League titles with massive points totals of 100 and 98, the highest in the competition's history.

He was linked with taking charge at Arsenal when Arsene Wenger departed in 2018 only for Emery to be appointed instead, but he will now have his first chance to impress in the hotseat at a club where he was captain in a five-season spell as a player.

"Mikel has been an excellent coach for Manchester City," Guardiola told the club's official website.

"He has shown impressive dedication, hard work and knowledge of football during his time here and has been a real contributor to the club's achievements over the past years.

"We all wish him well in his new role; I am sure he is ready for it."

Director of football at City Txiki Begiristain added: "Mikel, as a member of Pep's team, has contributed significantly to the club in his time here in Manchester. 

"His work on the training field and detailed preparations have helped us become a side that wins with regularity and in style.

"This move to Arsenal is a further step in his football development and I am sure he will become a top-class coach."

City midfielder Phil Foden was among those to pay tribute to Arteta on social media.

The teenager wrote on Twitter: "Thank you for all your help with everything and good luck."

Team-mate Ilkay Gundogan added, with a wink: "Good luck on your new chapter... but not for the games against us."