Cape Town - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he doesn't have any
further news regarding Mikel Arteta's potential move to take over as Arsenal
Reports are growing that Arsenal plan to unveil the
37-year-old as their new head coach on Friday, but as things stand, the Gunners
have yet to make formal contact with City over a deal, and a compensation
figure has yet to be agreed.
City are said to have become very agitated with Arsenal's
handling of the situation, and Guardiola himself was showing signs of
frustration when he addressed the media after a 3-1 win over Oxford in the
Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
A Raheem Sterling double sent the Premier League champions
into the last four of the competition for a third straight season, where they
will play Manchester United over two legs.
Talk ahead of the fixture centred on Arteta, who was
alongside Guardiola in the dugout at Kassam Stadium and the City manager could
not shed any light on who will be Unai Emery's successor at the Emirates
despite reports insisting it will be his number two.
"There was no change. I don't have any news," he
said. "We prepared the game as best as possible. Before, during and now
after and we did it.
"I spoke yesterday, my press conference I had 48
questions and 35 were about Mikel so I don't have to say anything more until
there is news. When there is news, in my next (press) conference when you ask
me something I will answer."
Meanwhile, City had to work for the win. When Matty Taylor
cancelled out Joao Cancelo's first-half opener a mere 21 seconds into the
second period, the hosts dreamed of an upset, but Sterling ruined those hopes
as he tapped home Angelino's cross in the 50th minute.
He added another from Gabriel Jesus' centre 20 minutes
later, but the U's did not let it deter them and missed several late chances to
set up a grandstand finish.
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