Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta has revealed that he is has no regrets over missing out on the chance to replace his former manager Arsene Wenger earlier in the summer, according to the Daily Star.
The Spaniard was in the running to replace Wenger at the Emirates following the Frenchman’s decision to step down after 22 years at the club. He however lost out to his compatriot Unai Emery, who eventually took over the reins at Arsenal.
Speaking in a pre-match conference before Manchester City’s Champions league clash with Lyon, he revealed that he was not bitter at losing out on what would have been his first managerial job.
“In football it’s so hard to predict things. When things happen, you have to make decisions, sometimes you don’t have time to make them.
“The decision was made and I’m so happy the decision was made. I’m very privileged to be where I am.
“I feel very fulfilled with the job I’m doing at the moment.
“If you ask me the question if, one day in the future, I will be a coach, the answer is probably ‘yes’
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was serving a European touchline ban in that fixture and Arteta took over from his boss for the game, he talked about his level of preparation. “Obviously Pep’s very disappointed.
“He wouldn’t choose the situation but I’m here, I’ll try to do my best, to reduce the impact of not having Pep, but for the rest it is absolutely normal.
“Up to now, the preparation has been completely normal. I’ll be on the touchline and I’ll try to make the right decisions and for the rest, nothing will change.
“It’s a good challenge, a very nice challenge.”
However, he will be disappointed at his first attempt at management as City fell to a 2-1 defeat to Lyon, and were saved from a larger defeat margin by Memphis Depay missed penalty.