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Guardiola speaks on Man City’s decision to let Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko join Arsenal

Guardiola speaks on Man City's decision to let Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko join Arsenal

Pep Guardiola, the mastermind behind Manchester City’s success in the past few years, has recently spoken out about the departures of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal.

Despite their impressive performances for the Gunners, Guardiola maintains that he has no regrets about letting them go.

“When they want to leave, they cannot stay,” said Guardiola. “I wish the best for Gabriel and Oleks. They are fantastic people, and they helped us a lot. I never say one player leave, it’s the club and it’s their decision.”

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But it’s not just good wishes from Guardiola. He is quick to point out that Manchester City’s current position is not dependent on the presence of Jesus and Zinchenko. “Erling and Julian came and it’s difficult for Gabriel. What happened with Gabriel is normal. It was a good deal,” said Guardiola.

“For the players that were here, Gabriel, Raheem, Oleks. I have a big thank you for what they have done for us. It was a good transfer for the club. We are not in the position we are because we do not have Oleks or Gabriel.”

Guardiola’s words show that he is a coach who not only values the contributions of each player, but also understands the business side of the sport.

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He is able to make difficult decisions and move on with a clear vision for the future. With Manchester City sitting second of the league, it’s clear that Guardiola’s leadership and strategic thinking are paying off and it will be evident at the end of the season.

Watch Pep’s full press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Wolves on the video below…

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# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Liverpool 25 17 6 2 59 24 +35 57
2 Manchester City 25 17 5 3 58 26 +32 56
3 Arsenal 25 17 4 4 58 22 +36 55
4 Aston Villa 25 15 4 6 52 33 +19 49
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 5 6 52 38 +14 47
6 Manchester United 25 14 2 9 35 34 +1 44
7 Brighton & Hov… 25 10 8 7 48 40 +8 38
8 Newcastle United 25 11 4 10 53 41 +12 37
9 West Ham United 25 10 6 9 36 44 -8 36
10 Chelsea 25 10 5 10 42 41 +1 35
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 10 5 10 39 40 -1 35
12 Fulham 25 8 5 12 34 41 -7 29
13 AFC Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 33 46 -13 28
14 Brentford 25 7 4 14 35 44 -9 25
15 Crystal Palace 25 6 7 12 28 44 -16 25
16 Nottingham Forest 25 6 6 13 32 44 -12 24
17 Everton 25 8 6 11 27 33 -6 20
18 Luton Town 24 5 5 14 34 47 -13 20
19 Burnley 25 3 4 18 25 55 -30 13
20 Sheffield United 25 3 4 18 22 65 -43 13
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