Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he will be “the happiest guy in the world” if Arsenal’s target, Mikel Arteta, stayed at The Etihad.
However, Guardiola insisted that he will not stand in Arteta’s way if he is offered the Gunners job.
The former Arsenal midfielder and City assistant coach has emerged as a strong contender to replace Arsene Wenger at The Emirates.
Guardiola said: “If he stays I will be happiest guy in the world. If he decide to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say you don’t have to go.
“I want the best for my friends, and he’s a friend of mine, and I want the best.
“If he decides to go, I will be so sad, but I will understand his decision, because it’s his career, his life, his family, and I am not the right guy to say you don’t have to do that.
“But hopefully hopefully he can stay and finish what we have started together in the coming years.”