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Man City boss Guardiola on Arteta touchline critics: It's pure JEALOUSY

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has scoffed at those complaining about the touchline behaviour of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

City meet the Gunners tonight in the FA Cup.

Guardiola - no stranger to a touchline fracas himself - backed the Arsenal boss, while suggesting that friendship does not preclude the two of them reaching a flashpoint in the future.

"Absolutely," Guardiola said when asked if jealousy was a factor in criticism. "When you are top of the league they have to undermine you for another reason. And they are doing that right now. I know this situation quite well.

"He wants to beat me and I want to beat him. I know how we both are and in defeat we are not the best friends in the world.

"From my point of view I have a huge respect for him as a person, as a manager. That's not going to change if we're going to fight on the touchline.

"Sooner or later it's going to happen I guess but when that is going to happen it's not going to change the respect I have for him."

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