Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is set to stay in the Premier League until 2025 after signing a new contract at the Etihad Stadium. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all faced difficulties in the past against Guardiola’s side with City having won four Premier League titles in the last five years.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta worked as an understudy to the City boss before taking charge at the Emirates Stadium, whilst Guardiola has had kind words for both Graham Potter at Chelsea and Antonio Conte at Spurs. Arsenal currently lead the reigning champions by five points and will remain top of the table at Christmas as Arteta’s rivalry with Guardiola continues into the second half of the season.
The Blues and Lilywhites are lagging behind in the title race, but whilst this may change after the World Cup , Guardiola’s position at the Etihad Stadium will remain the same for the foreseeable future. After signing a new deal with City, Guardiola spoke of his delight at remaining as manager of the reigning Premier League champions until the summer of 2025. The Spaniard said:
“I am so pleased to be staying at Manchester City for another two years. “I can’t say thank you enough to everyone at the club for trusting me. I am happy and comfortable here, I have everything I need to do my job as best as possible. “I know the next chapter of this club will be amazing for the next decade. It happened over the last ten years, and it will happen in the next ten years because this club is so stable.
“From day one I felt something special being here. I cannot be in a better place. I still have the feeling there is more we can achieve together and that is why I want to stay and continue fighting for trophies.”
His comments may come as a major warning for his Premier League rivals, hinting that City have all the resources needed to continue their dominance domestically under his management. Many pundits and ex-players feel that Guardiola’s side will come back at Arsenal in the second half of the season, with Gary Neville predicting City to still win the title by 15 points come May.
Liverpool are the only team to have knocked City off their perch at the top of the Premier League in recent years, but the Gunners are doing a good job of keeping them at arms length so far this season. Chelsea will be hoping to close the gap at the top of the table with some January signings and more time under Potter, whilst Spurs will be looking to do the same whilst Conte remains at the club.