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Manchester City still upset with Mikel Arteta over a secret meeting with Pep Guardiola

It has been revealed that Manchester City hierachies are still upset with Mikel Arteta over a secret meeting with Pep Guardiola in 2019

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In a tale of friendship turned sour, the relationship between Manchester City and Arsenal has soured following the departure of Mikel Arteta from the Etihad Stadium to become the Gunners’ boss. 

Despite the amicable bond shared between Pep Guardiola and Arteta, resentment simmers among City’s senior figures over the handling of Arteta’s move.

The rift deepened after a clandestine meeting at Guardiola’s Manchester home, where Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham and director for football operations Huss Fahmy secretly met with Mikel Arteta, who was Guardiola’s assistant at the time. This meeting, conducted without City’s knowledge, marked the beginning of Arteta’s move to Arsenal, leaving City feeling blindsided and betrayed.

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Arteta’s failure to inform City about Arsenal’s interest and his subsequent departure drew ire from City’s hierarchy, who felt disrespected by Arsenal’s covert actions. The situation was exacerbated by Arsenal’s past grievances with City’s spending practices under Sheikh Mansour’s ownership, with Arsène Wenger previously criticising City’s financial approach as “financial doping.”

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A source within City expressed disappointment at Arsenal’s conduct, highlighting Arteta’s ambitions to become a manager and the lack of transparency in his negotiations with Arsenal. City, however, would have been willing to support Arteta’s move had they been approached formally, but instead demanded £2 million in compensation for the remaining 18 months of his contract.

Tensions escalated further when City discovered Arsenal’s involvement in a plot, along with eight other Premier League clubs, to support UEFA’s two-year ban on City’s participation in European competitions for Financial Fair Play breaches. Despite Arsenal’s denial of direct involvement in drafting the letter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), City remains steadfast in their belief that Arsenal orchestrated the move.

City ultimately prevailed in their appeal against the ban, diffusing the immediate threat of exclusion from European competitions. However, the fallout from Arteta’s departure and the subsequent disputes between the two clubs have left a bitter taste, straining the once amicable relationship between Guardiola and Arteta’s respective teams.

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