Pep Guardiola says it would be a “big mistake” for Arsenal to sack manager Mikel Arteta after Manchester City’s 4-1 win over the Gunners in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Arsenal is without a win in eight domestic league and cup matches.
Arteta left City, where he was Guardiola’s assistant, 12 months ago to take charge at Emirates Stadium.
Arteta said on the eve of the last-eight tie with City that he has no plans to walk away from his job and feels he has the support of the club.
The former Arsenal captain won the FA Cup in his first season in charge and his side then beat Premier League champions, Liverpool, in the Community Shield at the end of August.
But they have been poor in 2020-21 and languish in 15th spot in the top flight, four points above the relegation zone and without a win in seven league games.
They have qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League but they were comfortably beaten by City on Tuesday.
Guardiola, who has won two Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and one FA Cup after failing to secure a trophy in his first season at City in 2016-17, said Arteta needs time.
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