Former France striker Thierry Henry has likened current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to a “mini Pep Guardiola.” Henry made this comparison during a podcast hosted by his former Gunners teammate, David Seaman. Seaman prompted the discussion by asking Henry about any similarities between Guardiola and Arteta.
Having served as Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City for three and a half years, Arteta later assumed the managerial role at Arsenal. Henry, who played under Guardiola’s tutelage at Barcelona from 2008 to 2010, expressed his views on the podcast, stating, “He’s like a mini Pep! I’m happy, you know, but I’m not going to say he’s not, he is.”
Henry went on to elaborate that Arteta’s coaching style reflects elements of Guardiola’s approach, while also incorporating his own unique perspective and techniques. Despite certain differences, Henry emphasized the fundamental similarities in tactics, asserting that “the tactics are virtually the same.” This comparison highlights Arteta’s continuity of some key strategic principles that he gained from his time working closely with Guardiola.
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