Guardiola: Not much respect for Arsenal off the pitch


The Spaniard congratulated Arsenal on their progress to the final but then aimed a jibe in the direction of Mikel Arteta's club, insisting he respects the Gunners on the pitch but "not much off the pitch".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said Arsenal deserve credit for what they do on the pitch but he has little respect for them off it.

City were initially banned from competing in the Champions League for two seasons after being found guilty of breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, though the club successfully overturned the decision after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will take their place amongst Europe's elite next season.

The Blues are understood to consider Arsenal have been one particular of the chief instigators at the rear of a collective technique to Cas by eight golf equipment in the Premier League - Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Wolves and Burnley - asking them not to agree to any delay in the European suspension pending City's enchantment.

Meanwhile, his City side's focus shifts to their Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash against Spanish champions Real Madrid on August 7. "It is the last opportunity we have to go through", Guardiola said.

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Guardiola's side hold a 2-1 lead from the first meeting in Madrid in February.

"Part of the good work Arsenal have done, I give them a lot of credit for - what they did, how good they defended." .

"We have two weeks and we want to play the final (of the Champions League)". We didn't make a good performance; we were not ready enough.

Arteta was on the Metropolis bench for a 3- earn at Arsenal in December, soon after which two senior Gunners executives travelled north to fulfill the previous midfielder at his home for talks.