Aguero and Co get ready for Champions League opener against Lyon

Arteta ready to step into Guardiola´s shoes after missing out on Arsenal job

The former Gunner was reported as the front runner for the role to succeed Arsene Wenger before Unai Emery was opted after the Arsenal board got cold feet. "You all know some things that happened, the reality is I'm here and I'm very happy". When things happen, you have to make decisions and sometimes you don't have time to make decisions. "I see them every day in training and I wouldn't change them for any others because they are fantastic".

Mikel Arteta will step into Pep Guardiola's shoes as Manchester City begin their Champions League campaign tonight.

The Dutchman said: "Everybody knows the story of me and Manchester United was not successful but I'm just happy that I'm the player I am today".

Guardiola praised Arteta for his "outstanding contribution" after last season's record-setting title win and said he hoped his compatriot would stay so they could "finish what we started together in the upcoming years".

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"It has to be a motivation, not a pressure, that's the way we take it and hopefully we can improve on what we did the last two seasons because we came up short". If you ask me the question if, one day in the future, I will be a coach, the answer is probably "yes".

Guardiola is serving a touchline ban for coming on to the pitch to remonstrate with the referee during his side's quarter-final defeat by Liverpool last season, but Arteta is determined to do his best to make sure the manager's absence is not felt.

"It is a good challenge, a very nice challenge, but if I had to choose, I would choose Pep on the touchline, because he does that job better than anyone else", Arteta said.

Mendy sat out Saturday's 3-0 Premier League win over Fulham due to a knee complaint and missed Tuesday's session at the City Football Academy.

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