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Mikel Arteta sent a classy message to Pep Guardiola after watching Arsenal lift the FA Cup following their 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

The Gunners boss worked as assistant coach to Guardiola at Manchester City for three years before leaving his role to take the Emirates Stadium hot seat last December.

During his time as Guardiola's deputy, City won five major honours - including the FA Cup last year - and Arteta learned from one of the all-time great coaches.

On the path to his own FA Cup triumph this season, Arteta masterminded a 2-0 win over holders City in the semi-finals.

And after the victory over Chelsea, the Spaniard made sure to thank his compatriot - alongside his family - for helping him become the manager he is today.

"I miss my family so much they have been all the way with me," Arteta told BT Sport.

"Thank you as well I have to thank you Pep in a very big way because I am a manager in a big part to him so I think I have to consider that as well."

Arteta also hailed Guardiola for his influence on him as City and Arsenal prepared to meet in the Premier League in June.

"Well, he [Guardiola] was an influence for me since I was 15 years old and we met at Barcelona, both as players," Arteta said before the 3-0 defeat to the Sky Blues.

"And in my coaching career and my personal life, he has an enormous influence.

"If I have to talk about the person he is, his values, the way he has treated me and how he deals with the players and the staff around him, its phenomenal.

"As a coach, I have learned so much from him, we have spent some amazing moments together, some difficult ones as well, but the experience next to him has been incredible."

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