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Mikel Arteta sends class message to Pep Guardiola after Arsenal beat Chelsea in FA Cup final

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Arteta was delighted after the final whistle (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has thanked Pep Guardiola for his part in moulding him as a manager after the Spaniard picked up his first piece of silverware as a coach with Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

Arteta was under Guardiola’s wing at Manchester City for three years, learning from one of the top coaches in world football, before replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates in December.

That vital experience under Pep looks to have played a pivotal role in the 38-year-old’s development as he led the north London club to their record 14th FA Cup victory.

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Speaking after the final whistle, Arteta was quick to give thanks to his former mentor.


‘I miss my family so much they have been all the way with me,’ Arteta told BT Sport after the game.

‘Thank you as well I have to thank you Pep in a very big way because I am a manager in a big part to him so I think I have to consider that as well.’

Guardiola was Arteta’s mentor at City (Picture: Getty Images)

A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sunk the Blues in a topsy-turvy game in which Frank Lampard’s side suffered three major injuries and a red card.

Both Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic went off with hamstring injuries, while Pedro had to be stretchered away after seemingly dislocating his shoulder.

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Mateo Kovacic was given a second yellow card and sent off in the second-half for an innocuous looking challenge on Granit Xhaka.

The Blues couldn’t muster a comeback as Arsenal hung on to extend their record number of FA Cup wins to 14.

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