Pep Guardiola has credited Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for much of his success at Manchester City and conceded the Spaniard knows everything about his methods.
Arteta spent three seasons as assistant to City manager Guardiola during an unprecedented period of success for the club.
He takes his Arsenal side to the Etihad for the first time on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports, as the Premier League resumes competition after halting during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m so excited to see him, one of the nicest people I ever met. It was a joy for me and for all of us to work with him,” Guardiola said.
“The feeling I have is he’s happy there and doing an incredible job. I’m looking forward to seeing him.
“He knows absolutely everything of us, he was an incredibly important part of our success, he helped us to be who were were and who we are.
“We are delighted he will come back, especially if he is happy there. We sent a message an hour and a half ago. It was about the wine we are going to drink after the game if social distance allows!”