Simon Jordan has said that Mikel Arteta looks like he is trying to make it seems as if he is not just imitating Pep Guardiola.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the controversial pundit had his say on Arsenal’s decision to add David Raya to their ranks when they already had a top goalkeeper on their books in Aaron Ramsdale.

However, Simon Jordan believes Mikel Arteta simply aspires to look like he isn’t simply duplicating the Pep Guardiola blueprint, as he defended his decision to rotate his No.1 against Everton (via the Guardian).

Simon Jordan says Mikel Arteta does not want to look like he is copying Pep Guardiola with David Raya decision

Previously, the Gunners boss, who was Guardiola’s assistant at City has admitted that he remains the best manager in the world.

However, ever since Arteta, branded as ‘amazing’ by Kieran Tierney (via All Football) has been appointed by Arsenal, many have claimed that his strategy is to simply imitate his countryman.

Simon Jordan believes Mikel Arteta has gone out of his way to try to look like he is not merely duplicating what Pep Guardiola does.

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“It feels like a bit of innovation for innovation’s sake. It feels like Arteta is making sure that everyone thinks he’s a clever, innovative manager that isn’t just following in the steps of Pep Guardiola. I don’t understand this interview and the structure of why he said, what benefit this wisdom gives us.”

Pep Guardiola should be flattered if this is indeed true

Considering Mikel Arteta is a tremendous coach, if Simon Jordan is indeed right, the Manchester City manager should be flattered.

Seeing how much of an influence Guardiola has had on football as a whole, to now potentially witness arguably the best young manager in the world imitate his ways should be viewed as a compliment to him.

Despite having been managing at the top level since 2008, the fact that the Spaniard’s vision is still being implemented by others should fill him with pride.

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