- Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has offered support to Arsene Wenger
- City thrashed Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley last weekend
- They meet again on Thursday — this time in the Premier League at the Emirates
- Wenger is under pressure and Guardiola said: ‘I’d like to tell him that I am close’
The two clubs meet again in the Premier League at the Emirates on Thursday night and Guardiola expressed sympathy for his beleaguered rival as City attempt to take another step towards the title.
‘I understand completely,’ said Guardiola. ‘I’d like to tell him that I am close, I am on the same side as him. I understand what he feels because I have had it before.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left) has offered support to Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger
Guardiola’s City thrashed Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley last weekend
‘Believe me, you feel alone because there’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders.
‘What happened can happen to me in the future. We won, I’m good. Arsene Wenger didn’t win, so he’s not good. I always support my colleagues.’
City will travel to London by train on Thursday morning despite the threat of more snowfall and further disruption to the transport network.
Meanwhile, Guardiola insisted that he will not allow his personal views to ‘damage’ City and is prepared to stop wearing a yellow ribbon in support of jailed Catalonian politicians.
He has been charged by the FA for making a political statement having twice ignored formal warnings to stop displaying the ribbon on the touchline.
The City boss has until Monday to respond to the charge and confirmed that he will write to the FA personally to explain his position on the matter.
The result left Wenger under serious pressure at Arsenal, who play City again on Thursday
Ahead of his next meeting with Wenger’s team, Guardiola said: ‘I am on the same side as him’
Guardiola faces a fine on this occasion but could be banned from the touchline if he continues to commit the same offence.
He wore the ribbon in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Arsenal, and it remains to be seen if he does so again at the Emirates.
Asked if he would stop when the threat of a ban became detrimental to his team, Guardiola replied: ‘Of course, I don’t want to damage my team or club. They know my opinion, it’s simple like that.
‘It’s more important what is happening with the team and the club than my personal opinion.
‘I am open to talking to the FA. I am going to write a letter to explain our position.’
Guardiola plans to send a letter to the FA to ‘explain our position’ on wearing his yellow ribbon