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Mikel Arteta explains why he rejected Arsenal and Newcastle United to stay with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

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Mikel Arteta has explained the reasons behind his decision to stay at Manchester City following discussions with Arsenal and Newcastle United.

After calling time on his playing career at Arsenal, Arteta began his path as a coach under Pep Guardiola at City in the summer of 2016.



Arteta has since become an instrumental figure in Guardiola's coaching setup and has created tactical plans to help City beat Arsenal on more than one occasion.



Last year, the 37-year-old held extensive talks with Arsenal about succeeding Arsene Wenger as manager before he opted to remain at City and the Gunners went on to appoint Unai Emery.

Arteta was also high on Newcastle United's managerial shortlist following Rafa Benitez's departure earlier this summer but the Spaniard once again decided to stay at City and continue to work under Guardiola.

Asked about his decision to reject Arsenal in an interview with SER Catalunya, Arteta said: 'Yes, there have been some things, but the decision I have made is that I am very happy where I am, I feel very valued and fulfilled.

Guardiola is still aiming to win his first Champions League trophy since his success with Barcelona in 2011 but Arteta admits City need luck in that competition and has stressed the importance of ensuring that the team are still consistent in the Premier League.


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