Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta passionately defends Manchester City after Champions League ban is overturned

first_img Comment Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant when they won back-to-back league titles (Picture: Getty)‘But they lost off the pitch, they have to go on the pitch and try beat us on the pitch. Like a sportsman. If we did something wrong we accept our ban, any departments – Fifa, Uefa, Premier League – we are here. But we can defend ourselves.‘After yesterday it was a great day for football, not a bad day, as it was shown we were playing the same way as other clubs. We can play in the Champions League next season as what we’ve done is right and proper. Go on the pitch now and play against us.’MORE: Pep Guardiola demands apology after Man City’s Champions League ban is liftedMORE: Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Manchester City getting Champions League ban overturnedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta passionately defends Manchester City after Champions League ban is overturned Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Jul 2020 3:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Sharescenter_img Guardiola was clearly delighted that City’s European ban was lifted (Picture: Instagram)Arteta, though, believes old club City – where he used to be assistant to Guardiola – have acted fairly and appropriately and any questions surrounding their conduct should be forgotten.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his thoughts on City’s ban getting overturned, and the ramifications for FFP, Arteta said: ‘There is no question about what happened.‘They completely deserved to be in the Champions League because what they have done on the pitch is unquestionable.‘The regulators have looked at it and have decided that they haven’t done anything wrong so you have the two aspects that are really clear and transparent.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘They are going to be in the Champions League because they deserve it for what they have done on the pitch and what they have done outside of the pitch.’When City boss Guardiola was asked if the other clubs would now move on and stop questioning City, he replied: ‘It would be nice but I don’t think so. How many times people came to this club whispering on us.‘I’d like it to finish, I’d like to say people look in our eyes and if you have to say it, do it face to face. Then play on the pitch as rivals and if you beat us don’t hesitate, we’ll shake hands and congratulate them. Advertisement The Spaniard says his old club ‘deserve’ to be playing European football (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has not joined the chorus of Premier League managers who have questioned Manchester City’s Champions League ban being overturned, instead defending his old club.Pep Guardiola’s side were cleared of committing ‘serious breaches’ of Financial Fair Play regulations by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, with their two-year ban from European football lifted immediately.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacted to the news by saying he ‘didn’t think it was a good day for football’ while Spurs boss Jose Mourinho branded the ruling ‘a disgrace’.last_img read more

Neymar gets goal, yellow card for diving as Brazil romps 5-0

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