Guardiola said: “When the club takes a decision to replace the manager, it's always to rise to be better. Whether it's going to happen or not, I don't know.
“Arsenal were always one of the best teams over the last 20 years.
“When Arsene Wenger took over, he raised the club to another level and now they are struggling a little bit.
“If Mikel stays I'd be happy because we all work together really well.
“If he decides to move, I'll wish him all the best for his professional future.
“I will beat him . . . that's a joke. But the best of luck."