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Pep Guardiola on Mikel Arteta’s struggling Arsenal: ‘It’s time to be patient’

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Manchester City FC/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

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Pep Guardiola spoke out in support of former assistant Mikel Arteta after Manchester City ran away from Arsenal in a League Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday.

A 1-1 halftime scoreline turned into 4-1 as Phil Foden drove City within one win of a fourth-straight final. City has won five of the last seven League Cups.

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Arsenal won the FA Cup under Arteta last season but the ex-City assistant has been under fire as the Gunners sit 15th on the Premier League table.

“What I can say in our position as a manager we’ll be judged by the results,” Guardiola said after the win. “I was with him a long period, the most successful period our club had. Sometimes in our job we need time. It’s time to be patient. He’s an outstanding manager, incredible work ethic and puts the club in front of any decisions he has to make.”

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The four-goal performance was solid but Guardiola stressed that his team needed to be finish better in the first half, and that the four goals were far from perfect as Arsenal keeper Alex Runarsson bungled the second and Phil Foden’s onside status on the third is questionable.

“We changed the set-up, they score a good goal, after the second half we had more fluidity,” Guardiola said. “The second goal was helped, the third maybe offside, so that makes a difference. After 3-1 it is a completely different game.”

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