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Man City furious with Arsenal over Mikel Arteta approach

Man City are said to be furious with Arsenal over their Mikel Arteta approach, according to reports within the last 24 hours.

The Gunners have met with Pep Guardiola’s assistant over their vacant manager’s job early on Monday morning but Manchester City were not told of their intentions.

Arteta took part in City’s training session on Tuesday and is to be travelling with the team’s coaching staff to Oxford United for the Carabao Cup clash on Wednesday.

In his Manchester home, Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and lawyer Huss Fahmy were pictured leaving after 1am on Monday.

City – who reiterated that they weren’t angry with Arteta and more so with Arsenal’s approach – are to demand the full seven-figure compensation fee for the Spaniard.

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Guardiola said: “He’s an incredible person, work ethic, and that’s why he’s with us. He is talking with Arsenal so I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“Now it happens with Mikel that teams want him. He knows exactly what we would like but at the end the decision is personal.”

Sky Sports News understands talks have reached a “sensitive stage” and Arteta is yet to decide where his future lies despite more than 24 hours of discussions with Arsenal.

When asked if he knew about Arteta’s meeting with Arsenal officials, Guardiola replied: “Yes, I knew it.

“The organisation of the club is always live, it doesn’t always stay the same, what works today might not work tomorrow. The people today maybe won’t be here tomorrow.

“He’s an adult, he knows exactly what he has to do. He was incredibly transparent and honest with me.”

“Now he is part of our group and he stays here. When we have any new news, I will know it and you will know it.

“Now he’s here and tomorrow he will travel with us. He trained today, he will prepare the training session before the game.”

Despite all of this, Arteta is yet to make a decision on where his future lies even though he’s had 24 hours of discussions.

Will his emotional attachment with his former club take him to the Emirates or will City be enough to tempt him in staying where he is?

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