Raheem Sterling concerned by Mikel Arteta’s inside knowledge ahead of Man City vs Arsenal

first_imgRaheem Sterling worked with Mikel Arteta from 2016 (Picture: Getty Images)Raheem Sterling admits that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will likely have ‘something up his sleeve’ when his side take on Manchester City on Wednesday night after spending over three years at the club.Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City from July 2016 until December 2019 when he left to take charge of the Gunners, his first job in managemenet.The Spaniard enjoyed a superb spell with his compatriot at the Etihad, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups before returning to the club where he finished his playing career.Sterling worked with Arteta for the entirety of the coach’s stint at Manchester City and admits that his inside knowledge will be an advantage when the Gunners travel north on Wednesday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s definitely going to be a strange one,’ Sterling told BBC Radio 5Live. ‘He knows us inside-out. ‘He will definitely have something up his sleeve, but we are ready and we are focused, and we have to try to get the result we want.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 11:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Comment Mikel Arteta playing for Arsenal against Raheem Sterling, then at Liverpool, back in 2012 (Picture: Getty Images)Guardiola is looking forward to locking horns with his former colleague and long-time friend, who he has known since their days in the Barcelona academy.‘I’m so excited to see him, one of the nicest people I ever met. It was a joy for me and for all of us to work with him,’ Guardiola said.‘The feeling I have is he’s happy there and doing an incredible job. I’m looking forward to seeing him.‘He knows absolutely everything of us, he was an incredibly important part of our success, he helped us to be who were were and who we are.‘We are delighted he will come back, especially if he is happy there. We sent a message an hour and a half ago. It was about the wine we are going to drink after the game if social distance allows.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe clash at the Etihad will be the second Premier League game back after the coronavirus hiatus, following Aston Villa vs Sheffield United at 6pm.Sterling admits that playing in an empty stadium will take some getting used to but is sure the competitive juices will start flowing quickly.‘It’s going to be weird, for sure, it’s going to be weird,’ said the England star.‘We played a training game, a couple of training games and it is a bit strange.‘But when it is competition time, we have got to dig deep and find something to motivate us and drive us on.’MORE: Charlie Nicholas names three Arsenal players set to leave and makes Manchester City predictionMORE: ‘I don’t understand that at all!’ – Chris Sutton hits out at Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract situationFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Raheem Sterling concerned by Mikel Arteta’s inside knowledge ahead of Man City vs Arsenallast_img

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