Guardiola hits at Arsenal: ‘I don’t have respect for them off the pitch’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has blasted Arsenal by saying he does not have respect for the club off the pitch. The Spanish manager congratulated the Gunners and his former assistant Mikel Arteta for his 2-0 win in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday, but also aimed a barb at the London club.

After the game Guardiola spoke with reporters and he congratulated Arsenal after he admitted his own team’s performance was not good enough. “We didn’t play the first half against Arsenal like the second, that was the only regret. We wanted to play 90 minutes like the second half.”

“But, after we were beaten, we shake hands. The opponents always deserve my respect and credit. And Arsenal, I have all the respect for what they are on the pitch, not much off the pitch – but on the pitch, a lot. Congratulations to them and good luck in the final.” Guardiola did not reveal why he does not have respect for Arsenal off the pitch.

However, it has been suggested that Arsenal are one of several Premier League teams to have written the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to deny any attempt from City to lift their two-year European ban. Last week the CAS decided to lift their ban, allowing the club to participate in next season’s Champions League.