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Mikel Arteta singles out ‘key figure’ Guardiola after Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph
The final game of the English domestic season took place on Saturday evening.
Arsenal and Chelsea would face off at Wembley in the FA Cup final as Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard vied for their first piece of silverware as a manager.
When all was said and done on Saturday, though, it would be Artetas outfit who came out on top.
Christian Pulisic got Chelsea off to a superb start thanks to some poor defending from the Gunners.
But as has so often been the case in recent years, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would come up big for the north Londoners.
The hitman equalised after 28 minutes before firing Arsenal into the lead after 67 minutes.
Said result also means Arsenal now have European football for the forthcoming campaign in the form of a spot in the Europa League.
As mentioned above, the FA Cup is now Artetas first piece of silverware as a manager.
And speaking after the final, the Spaniard moved to single out one person for helping him develop as a coach.
The individual in question was Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, whom Arteta spent over three years learning from at the Etihad.
Arteta even went as far as to claim he wouldnt be at Arsenal now without Pep:
“He has been a key figure in my development as a coach.
“He has my gratitude. I wouldn’t be sitting here today without him. I have to thank him big time.”
Quotes via Goal.