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Guardiola Tells Arsenal They’re His Preferred Choice?

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola would prefer to manage Arsenal ahead of Premier League rivals Chelsea or Manchester City if he were to come to England.

Pep Guardiola would prefer to manage Arsenal ahead of Chelsea or Manchester City if he were to come to England, according to

The report claims the Spaniard has been courted by several clubs throughout Europe since quitting Barcelona in the summer with Chelsea and Manchester City said to be interested in luring him to the Premier League next year.

However, an apparent ‘source’ has told that Guardiola’s representatives have been in touch with officials at Arsenal and made it clear that his preference would be to take over the reigns at the Emirates should Arsene Wenger leave the club at the end of the season.

The ‘source’ says that Guardiola doesn’t want to go to Chelsea due to the lack of stability at Stamford Bridge and he holds a good relationship with Arsene Wenger after doing his coaching badges at Arsenal.

“Guardiola’s preference in England is Arsenal,” a source told

“The club are aware he would be interested in the job in 2013.

“Guardiola doesn’t want to go to Chelsea. He is worried about the lack of stability. He also has a good relationship with Wenger dating back to when he started doing his coaching badges at Arsenal.”

While many Arsenal fans, myself included, may be feeling slightly giddy at the thought of Guardiola taking over in the summer, I wouldn’t be getting too excited just yet. I have my doubts over the credibility of this unnamed ‘source’ and a lot needs to happen for the Spaniard to come to the Emirates in any case.

There is little doubt that Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure at the Emirates following our poor start to the season and our shock exit from the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. If we don’t win a trophy for the eight consecutive year or we miss out on a place in the top-four this season, both of which are conceivable at this point, the Frenchman may decide to walk, but i really can’t see the board sacking him.

So while Goal’s source may claim Guardiola would like the Arsenal job, much will depend on how our season unfolds over the coming months and whether Wenger decides it’s time for a change. Many may feel that time has already come, but sadly Wenger seems to call all the shots these days and will probably decide for himself when the time is right to leave north London.

Let’s just hope Guardiola is still available when that time finally comes.

Would you like Guardiola to replace Wenger in the summer? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. M

    December 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    One, it’s “they’re”. Two, imagine Guardiola at Arsenal and Mourinho at United…

  2. Richard

    December 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    And three, if he gets on well with Wenger why would he destablise him at a time Wenger is already under pressure by saying he would like to take over at Arsenal? With friends like that …
    Seems likely it’s a piece of speculation designed to elicit a response from one of the parties involved

    • chris from Cambridge

      December 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Guardiola cannot have retired for ever and it is just possible he might go for the Arsenal job. He knows he would get a free hand – which he would NOT at Chelski. He can’t imagine that Man. City is ‘ stable ‘ either … in its regard for Managers. Why not Man. Utd ? Well maybe he reckons Mourinho will be up for that one when Ferguson steps down ? There again it is all speculation.

  3. olumo quadri

    December 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Wenger should leave for Guardiola

    • chris from Cambridge

      December 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Of course whoever takes over from Wenger … it will take a long time to change the deeply entrenched attitudes which Wenger will leave behind. All Arsenal teams from the boys upwards have been taught the same way ….Wenger’ way.

      • ken lo

        December 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm

        That’s absolutely right…the one and only correct way…in Arsene we trust

  4. Maballsa Ricci

    December 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The voices in your head don’t count as “sources”

  5. Zane

    December 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Funny. This coming just after Arsenal’s shock defeat at Bradford. I think it’s pure speculation and not true. M said that Mou might go to United. I doubt that too. Mou is going to Chelsea if Guardiola resists a move to the bridge.

  6. Jah Gooner

    December 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I’d have Pep all day long.

    Up the Arsenal.

  7. mark BIAS

    December 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    i nolonger consider Arsenal astrong team coz ov da poor foundation dat is at da team right now,wen i recall Wenger saying back in 2009 dat da team had average age players of whom we had to give dae time to mature,now i ask maself where are they????????

    • John

      December 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Sometimes some of you guys write as if this web site is just your private slate board where you practice your local version of English or something of that nature,I can’t even make sense of what you’re trying to say here.As you’re typing your post the red line underlines the misspelled words, yet you did ignore it? And continued to write as if you are typing some sms on your mobile phone? Please try to write what other people can read and at least understand what your opinion/comment is about!!!

      • Bishop

        December 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        Thank you so much John. I don’t know whether some people actually realise the damage they do to themselves and the amount of frustrations some of us seems to derive (as if that is pleasurable), trying to make sense out of the rubbish – right in front of you.
        Sincerely, I hope people using this forum make a simple effort in writing legibly!

        • Zane

          December 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

          Oy! You two are typical small minded and stuck up idiots. The world consists of many cultures and languages. To most of these people,english is a language they don’t use often. Meaning it aint their first language. I perfectly understand what they are saying because I’ve learnt to use my logic. Besides,english isn’t my first language either,it’s afrikaans-almost similar to dutch. Try to live in the world idiots!

          • John

            December 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

            Zane, I don’t normally have enough time to reply to such an imbecile as yourself you’ve got the stupid gut to insult someone for speaking sense into a fool of your type.First I can bet that most of those guys who write in those unpronounceable words can actually speak better English as well as writing better,than your very self and I know where most of them come from,so shut your stupid mouth nobody invited you to their defense,in fact through the style of their writing I know them and easily can read and understand every single word they post.That is on personal point, but then it’s not wise to write in that manner and post in a public website a lot of people do not make sense out of that kind of writing.And for your information if you really want to make sense from your posts,assuming they can’t write English properly as you stupidly suggested,it’s very simple, type your opinion on Google language translator with Arabic or any other major language it’ll be translated then copy and paste to the site after all your post is not there for yourself it’s rather there for other people to read and understand what your opinion is about, that is the main reason behind the posts or do you have a different idea? You Fooool!!!

  8. tekena

    December 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    many are sayin, sell all the deadwood in arsenal, like squillaci, djourou, arshavin, santos etc. But many do not knw that arsene wenger is the greatest deadwood we have in arsenal now. If wenger is not sacked, believe me, terribles wil hapen at arsenal

  9. tekena

    December 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    many are sayin, sell all the deadwood in arsenal, like squillaci, djourou, arshavin, santos etc. But many do not knw that arsene wenger is the greatest deadwood we have in arsenal now. If wenger is not sacked, believe me, terribles things wil hapen at arsenal

    • 124toeknee

      December 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Reluctantly I have to agree, although it would be churlish to sack Wenger. The man must see that he has run out of ideas and move upstairs paving the way for the very man he has tried to emulate but failed to as copycats usually do.

  10. KEN

    December 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Save us Pep

  11. Ochieno Kennedy

    December 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I personally don’t think that Arsene Wenger and the entire Arsenal board do care about how we fans feel,it is going to 8 seasons now without any trophy but all they care about is making profits.Wenger is transforming our Arsenal into the modern Liverpool and we can’t just sit and witness all this mess happen without anything we can do,I therefore urge all the arsenal fans worldwide to support me so that Wenger should(IN FACT MUST GO) leave our team and we get some one else and the board should release money so that we can acquire star players for the betterment of our club.For God and my Arsenal!!!!!!!!

  12. Haluk yang

    December 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Arsenal fans..,lets parade in the studium and help push this man out of our team…. Wenger must gooo!!! we cant bear it now

  13. Blue Smurf

    December 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Wenger shud stay… He is a brilliant coach and will take Arsenal to greater heights!

  14. ibrahim

    December 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Ooo…my loving arsenal fans ds would solve ds problem d only solution 2 ds iz let all arsenal fans stop going 2 stadium,that wil give d useless management co’s. I m arsenal fans 4 over 20y now.

  15. Motsot

    December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I would welcome Pep any time. I’m sure he can deliver to champions league final due to the respect good players have for him out there and whom he can sign with ease.

    Wenger has been frustrated with big name stars rejecting his advances for example Hazard,Bensema, etc

    Arsenal funs are there for ever but Wenger can come and go en even footballers.

    Enough of Wenger’s songs of success in 2003 season. Enough is enough.

  16. Nyaga,kenya

    December 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Yap.time is up for mr.wenger n if the source of pep news is to b trusted,then pep shud take over sooner than later.arsenal need a tactical change immediately rigtht from the board coz i believe mainly they’r tha source of our currect misfortunes.arsenal has great players who can bring results.lets not waste these talents anymore.

  17. Benedict

    December 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Wenger needs to go for our darling Arsenal to leave this state. Imagine our Arsenal now becoming a middle table team. What an insult.


    December 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Wenger, pls let guardiola com in. D team need 2 b rebuild. Despit d fact dat arsenal is now heavily shakin, dis man Guardiola stil luv arsenal. He refuse 2 join rich club lyk chelsea n city bcos he luv arsenal. Wenger we are tired of u. We nid a beta change frm anoda manager. TRophy is d joy of fans, WENGER pls quit… Let Guardiola com in…

  19. nico

    December 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Wenger better than guardiola…

  20. Austine

    December 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Look @ man u. Go 4 yrs back, many were caling 4 Fegurson to be sacked. The glazers also had doubts & gave him altimatums. Bt hw many trophies dd he lift thereafter. Where is he now. If you hate wenger the prsn, jst say it. We are going thru a bad patch bcoz of new players, positional changes ie arteta is a box to box midfielder bt is playing as a DM.If Diaby ws fit we cld be tälking of a different story. That team wil be great,given time. Lets luk @ man city. They have baloteli £24m, Tevez £40m, aguero £40m, Dzeko £30m. They have scored a combined 20 league goals. They are mo expensive than man u bt they were beaten @ home by man u. Torres is a flop at chelsea bt ws bought 4 £50m. Players take time to gel. That is y wenger hd a policy nt to buy more than 3 new players in the team

  21. Motsot

    December 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Come Guordiola come… Arsenal funs are eager to receive you.

  22. Nigerian Gooner

    December 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Which Coach in d World can win tropies with players like Gervinho,squallaci. Chamahk,Ramsey? Blame d board not Wenger,he has to make do wit what he s got. I still believe he can get us out of this Mess. Its Football anything can happen.

  23. Gerry

    December 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Die man wag net vir Wenger om pad te gee chief.

  24. yusuf walcott ug

    December 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    please venger if u really deciding goods for arsenal please kindily leave arsenal dont make us leave in absardness

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