Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has damned Pep Guardiola with faint praise. Wenger had a view on the spectre of former Barcelona boss Guardiola becoming the next Chelsea manager at a cost of £18million, despite Rafa Benitez now being in charge of the west London outfit.

Asked how good he felt Guardiola was, Wenger said: "He started his career with caviar and he would get caviar at Chelsea, so it's a good ingredient again to do well.

"It depends on the quality of the players. Barcelona this season are 16 points ahead of Real Madrid so they have an exceptional team. He's a great manager - but so is Benitez."