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How do Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta compare ahead of Man City v Arsenal clash?

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Pep Guardiola comes up against his former assistant Mikel Arteta for the first time this season as Manchester City host Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday.With the Gunners leading the champions in the title race, the eagerly-anticipated contest at the Etihad Stadium is sure to whet the appetite for their two Premier League encounters still to come this season.Here, the PA news agency looks at the two managers:Having managed three of Europe’s most powerful clubs in Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, and collected 32 trophies over the past 15 years, Guardiola’s experience obviously dwarfs that of relative novice Arteta.Yet the former apprentice was a key part of City’s backroom staff for three years and appears to have learned the lessons well.He is just over three years into his managerial career but, despite a rocky start and losing six of his seven games against Guardiola, has a strong record and an FA Cup triumph under his belt.

This season’s title challenge has marked a further step up.Guardiola has never shirked the big decisions, cutting loose players such as Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Toni Kroos in the past.

This continued at City, when it became clear soon after his arrival that his vision did not include club stalwarts Joe Hart and Yaya Toure.These were controversial calls but time has proved him right.

Similarly, Arteta made the bold decision to offload club captain and key striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season.It could be argued this cost the club a place in the Champions League but the Londoners now look a stronger and more united team without the divisive presence of the Gabon international.Comparisons between Guardiola and Arteta are common and obvious.

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