City fume at silent Arse­nal over Mikel

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI

CITY were left with a fa­mil­iar feel­ing af­ter Arse­nal an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Mikel Arteta with­out telling them.

The club have been fum­ing with Arse­nal’s con­duct dur­ing their pur­suit of the Blues as­sis­tant coach. Af­ter no words were ex­changed be­tween the bosses when the teams met at the Emi­rates on Sun­day evening, Arse­nal man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Vi­nai Venkate­sham and con­tract ne­go­tia­tor Huss Fahmy were pic­tured leav­ing Arteta’s house in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing.

City’s an­noy­ance then in­ten­si­fied on Wed­nes­day af­ter re­ports emerged that Arse­nal were plan­ning to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Arteta.

A club source said at the time: “It’s sur­pris­ing to hear that plans are be­ing made by Arse­nal to un­veil our coach as their head coach on Fri­day on the ba­sis that no con­tact has been made by the club to dis­cuss this mat­ter.”

There was con­tact be­tween the clubs on Thurs­day and Arteta was not in­volved in pre­par­ing City for their Pre­mier League game with Le­ices­ter as he headed to Lon­don ahead of the deal be­ing com­pleted.

Pep Guardi­ola told me­dia on Fri­day that he ex­pected the move to be done, but the club were ex­pect­ing Arse­nal to get in touch to let them know when the for­mal an­nounce­ment was be­ing made.

In­stead, they found out from the news break­ing on TV screens around City’s train­ing ground to leave them feel­ing dis­tinctly unim­pressed with the Gun­ners.

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