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Sport I want the best for Manchester City - Arteta 'not conflicted' by UEFA ban

05:40  17 february  2020
05:40  17 february  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Mikel Arteta has said Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are ‘suffering’ after Uefa handed them club a two‑season ban from the Champions League and a €30m (£25m) fine. Arsenal manager worked as City ’s No 2 under Pep Guardiola. ‘ I just want the best for Manchester City , I really do’.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists he is not conflicted over Manchester City ’s European ban as he looks to take advantage of his former side’s plight and lead the Gunners back into the Champions League. I just want the best for Manchester City , for Pep, for the players.

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Mikel Arteta insisted he is "not conflicted at all" by Manchester City's looming UEFA ban after Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United to move within sight of the European places in the Premier League.

Former City assistant coach Arteta oversaw a 4-0 defeat of Newcastle on Sunday, but the news Pep Guardiola's side are facing a two-year suspension from European competition dominated the weekend.

While City have announced an intention to appeal the ban, there is the possibility fifth could now secure Champions League qualification, with the Europa League potentially in reach for a team in eighth depending on who wins the domestic cups.

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Mikel Arteta said Manchester City have the best players in the world but Real Madrid are the favourites to win the Champions League.

City 's two-season ban handed down by UEFA on Friday means fifth will be enough to secure a Champions League place unless the champions succeed in overturning that sanction at the Court of Arbitration for I want the best for Manchester City , the best for Pep (Guardiola) and the players.

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Arsenal are 10th, lifted by second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, but Arteta was not looking to revel in his former employers' gloom.

"We don't know anything about it," he told Sky Sports. "We will have to wait and see.

"It's very difficult. I'm not conflicted at all. I want the best for Manchester City, the best for Pep, for the players.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Mikel Arteta, Arsenal Head Coach before the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) © 2020 The Arsenal Football Club Plc LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Mikel Arteta, Arsenal Head Coach before the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

"I love a lot of people there and I am so grateful for the time I spent there. The only thing I want for them is positive and good things.

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Uefa investigators want Manchester City banned from the Champions League for a season if they are found guilty of breaking financial rules. Financial Fair Play was introduced by Uefa to prevent clubs in its competitions from spending beyond their means and stamp out what its then president Michel

Manchester City did wrong but Financial Fair Play is designed to protect UEFA . What's the better football club? The one that faces a two-year ban from Europe, or the one that When City were first fined £50m by UEFA for financial breaches in 2014, the main reason for accepting the penalty was

"I just want to do the best we can for Arsenal, to achieve ourselves what we deserve."

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Arsenal were poor before half-time against Newcastle, making a slow start and surviving the occasional scare, and Arteta is not getting carried away.

"We want to go game by game because, 10 days ago, I was disappointed by the game at Burnley," he said. "A lot of things are going to happen.

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Manchester City are forced to rethink their future plans after being hit with a two-year Champions League ban for FFP violations.

On Friday, Uefa banned Manchester City from European competition for two seasons. Since the announcement it has been difficult to separate fact It is the second time Manchester City has been punished by UEFA . In 2014, the team agreed to pay a conditional £49m fine as well as accepting

"It's up to us and how consistent we can be from now until the end of the season. If we want to have a chance [of qualifying for Europe] in the last few games, we have to put wins together."

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Asked what Arteta told his team after the tough first half, captain Aubameyang said: "'Just keep going'. We started not at our best.

"But in the second half, we put in some more energy and we went through and scored the first, the second, the third."

On the coach's overall impact at Emirates Stadium since his December appointment, the striker added: "We feel better. We have an idea of playing that's very clear.

"We'll try to maintain this level. We are happy to keep going like this."

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