The Frenchman came under criticism from Chelsea's Jose Mourinho last week, with the Portuguese calling him a 'specialist in failure', but Guardiola has declared his respect ahead of Wednesday's Champions League meeting with the Gunners.
"My opinion on Arsene is that I have a lot of respect," Guardiola told reporters. "His teams have his quality and I have to admire the quality of my opponents.
"We are going to play one team that has all the season been up (leading the league), so now they are third or second in the league, but in the beginning (they were) there.
"It is a typical team that always puts in a good performance in the Champions League."
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