Pep Guardiola press conference: Man City boss confirms no approach for Mikel Arteta amid Arsenal links, previews Manchester United clash

The former Gunners midfielder has been linked with replacing Unai Emery in the Emirates Stadium dugout.

Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of the first-team while Arsenal chiefs look for a permanent successor to Emery.

The Gunners are winless in nine games in all competitions and suffered a 2-1 home defeat by Brighton on Thursday.

Arteta is yet to manage a club, but has been learning from Guardiola for the past three years at the Etihad.

When asked if City had received any approach for Arteta, Guardiola replied: “No.”

He gave the same answer when asked if Arteta had spoken to him about his immediate future, before admitting he wants him to stay in Manchester.

Guardiola said: “I’m not a guy that puts a gun to the heads of my staff or players and says what they have to do.

“We are human beings and everyone has dreams and desires. Hopefully he can stay this season and the next one – as long as possible in this club.

“That would be my dream, but Mikel has his own life and I will never say what he has to do.

“I arrived here and we were in touch about working together and the time we have spent together has been magnificent.

“I tried to help him and he has helped me a lot. He knows what I want and what the club wants.”

City host rivals Manchester United on Saturday – with the game LIVE on talkSPORT – looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Liverpool, who hold an 11-point lead over them.

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