Pep has 'no respect' for Arsenal

English Premier League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he has no respect for Arsenal off the pitch following their FA Cup semi-final defeat.

City suffered a shock defeat to the Gunners on Saturday as his former assistant coach Mikel Arteta masterminded a 2-0 win at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

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While Guardiola acknowledged their domestic rivals are well worth their spot in the final of football's oldest cup competition against Chelsea, he couldn't resist taking a swipe at the club's board.

It's been claimed that Arsenal were part of the group that asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to deny City a place in the UEFA Champions League due to their Financial Fair Play sanction (FFP) which has since been overturned.

"We didn't play the first half against Arsenal like the second, that was the only regret. We wanted to play 90 minutes like the second half," he said, as per the Mirror. "But, after we were beaten, we shake hands.

"The opponents always deserve my respect and credit. And Arsenal, I have all the respect for what they are on the pitch, not much off the pitch – but on the pitch, a lot. Congratulations to them and good luck in the final."

Guardiola's side face Watford and Norwich in their final two Premier League games this season before hosting Real Madrid in their last-16 return leg Champions League clash on August 7.

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