Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta comforts pal Pep Guardiola after Man City boss lost mother to coronavirus – The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA has  comforted pal Pep Guardiola after the heartbroken Manchester City boss lost his mother to the coronavirus.

Guardiola is back at the family home in Barcelona following the death of 82-year-old Dolors Sala Carrio on Monday.

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 Mikel Arteta was No2 to his friend Pep Guardiola at Man City before taking over at his old club Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta was No2 to his friend Pep Guardiola at Man City before taking over at his old club ArsenalCredit: Getty – Contributor
 Manchesetr City won the domestic Treble in the last full season where Guardiola and his then assistant Arteta worked together

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Manchesetr City won the domestic Treble in the last full season where Guardiola and his then assistant Arteta worked togetherCredit: Reuters

And Arteta was among the first to offer his sympathy — having been English football’s first  Covid-19 sufferer last month.

Arsenal boss Arteta, who spent four years as Guardiola’s right-hand man at City before replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates in December, said: “I have been in touch with Pep and it’s really sad news.

“I know his family really well and I send my condolences to them all and hope that they can come through this all together.

We have to maintain the connection with players and care for them and do things to improve their development and education.

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“He was worried about his parents before this happened because they are getting older, and they have been trying to isolate them.

“Things are really complicated back in Spain at the moment. They have taken even stronger measures to deal with the situation and it is critical at the moment.”

Arteta, 38, insists he has now completely recovered after he and wife Lorena were laid low by the virus for a week.

It was his positive diagnosis for Covid-19 which led to the entire English game being placed in lockdown and he admits he has no idea when he will be allowed to resume his managerial duties.

 Emirates boss Mikel Arteta admits young players in particular need care as they are getting bored during the lockdown away from normal training

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Emirates boss Mikel Arteta admits young players in particular need care as they are getting bored during the lockdown away from normal trainingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He remains in daily contact with the Arsenal executives but says that making  long-term plans is practically impossible at the moment.

And he reveals it is even possible that he will not be able to add to his squad if the club continue to haemorrhage cash because of a lack of TV and gate money.

He told Sky Sports: “In terms of transfers, I am planning for two or three different scenarios.

“Depending on each one, we will be able to do more, less or nothing. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing or window.

“There are so many things we can’t control at the moment and we are having to react on a daily basis.”

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Arteta is also keeping his players on their toes with a series of  mental and physical challenges during their time in isolation.

He said: “They are young players with a lot of energy and they are bored and  need something to do.

“We can’t train together but we can keep in touch through technology.

“We have to maintain the connection and we have to care for them and do things to improve their development and their education.

“I want them to assess where they are and what they want to do in their lives.

“We have had some really good conversations and this has been a good opportunity for me to get to know the players more, to break some boundaries and be open with our feelings.

“If these players don’t realise how lucky they are, they have a much bigger issue than the coronavirus.”

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