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Mikel Arteta is closing in on a move to Manchester City after admitting he was no longer good enough to play for Arsenal. The Spanish international who is set to end his playing career this summer would now team up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to the Dailymail via Football transfer tavern.
The midfielder will be offered a coaching role in Guardiola’s backroom staff next season. He was reportedly giving the opportunity to remain at Arsenal in a coaching capacity but the Spanish man has opted to join Guardiola’s revolution at City. However he remains grateful to Wenger for standing by him during his stint at the Emirates. He said:
“It is very hard to stop but I wanted to leave it. I wanted to decide, and I
thought for the last few months that I wasn’t good enough to represent this club on the pitch.”
“You have to accept it. It has been a long time for me to be playing
football and I didn’t want to cheat them or anyone. It is time. I want to
leave it like this and we will see what happens.
“You have to be honest with yourself. That’s why I haven’t been upset with the manager. I have been upset with myself. When you can’t get it right and you have been through injuries and difficult moments at this level.
“For me, to play at this club, you have to be the best in your position. When you lose that, I think you should be away from this place. I have probably been here too long.
“In the last few months, I probably didn’t deserve to be here but at least I got the chance [against Aston Villa] to stay in touch with them and it has been amazing.
“For me, the standards you need to play for this club, it cannot be eight out of 10. It has to be 10 out of 10. When you cannot deliver that, it is not good enough.
“Sometimes, people get away with it. Inside myself, my gut wasn’t clean and, when you are like this, I prefer to make the decision myself.”