Guardiola will come up against the Premier League’s longest-serving manager for the first time since his move to England when his City side host the Gunners at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 18th December by 5pm (Nigerian time).
“He’s the chief for Arsenal! That’s why. I’m the commander-in-chief for Manchester City. I saw so many Netflix series and that’s why [I called him that]. Commander-in-chief and colonel, I use a lot,” he told reporters.
“He has been here a long time. When that happens at a club such as Arsenal, it’s because a person is doing a good job.
“I understand it’s not easy to win the Premier League, but I have a lot of respect for his career. I’ve said many times that I admire the way he tries to play and especially the quality of the players they like and they buy. I like a lot.”
Meanwhile Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also said that he admires Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting between the two sides.
The two will come face to face for the first time since Guardiola’s move to England with just one point and one place separating the title rivals.
Wenger believes that it is now easier for foreign managers to come to the Premier League than it was when he arrived 20 years ago, but admitted that Guardiola deserves his reputation as one of the most respected managers.
He started at Barcelona, I started in an academy. It’s not the same, but I must say he has done extremely well and he is one of the most respected managers in the game, if not the most and maybe rightly so.
“Every manager has a personality and can only act with his own personality. You cannot copy a manager, you can only be who you are. He has been influenced at Barcelona by the Johan Cruyff period when he was a player. And I think he has strong beliefs and that for me is the most important thing for a manager. [Our styles] are similar, he tries to play. Do I admire him? Yes, of course.”
Guardiola and Wenger have met on eight previous occasions in the Champions League, with the Spaniard coming out on top four times and Wenger winning twice.
City would climb up to second in the table – above Liverpool and Arsenal – with a win over the Gunners.