MANCHESTER – Pep Guardiola has confirmed assistant Mikel Arteta will travel with Manchester City for the Carabao Cup draw with Oxford United despite the Spaniard "talking" to Arsenal.
Arteta is set for the managerial job at the Emirates, but Guardiola still expects the 37-year-old to make his trip to Kassam Stadium on Wednesday.
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"I just know what you know," said Guardiola, who confirmed he knew of a planned meeting between Arteta and Arsenal bosses Sunday night.
"Today [Tuesday] I saw him. He is travelling [to Oxford] yes. He is an incredible person and a great coach. He talks to Arsenal, so I don't know what's going to happen. "
Arteta's potential departure would leave Guardiola's coaching staff short when City appear to close Liverpool's gap at the top of the Premier League and enter the Champions League.
They have received a tough round-16 rematch against Real Madrid, but Guardiola insists he is confident of moving on.
"It's positive because we're one of the top 16 teams in Europe, and that's good news," Guardiola added.
"If you want to go through, you have to play these teams sooner or later, you can do it now or later. It's an incredible test for us. We will prepare well for two months and get the injured players back.
"We'll see the feeling in February. If you want to take a step, we have to meet them. They have more experience in this competition, but we will try to compete with them. I have incredible confidence to make two good matches."
Guardiola has been given a boost ahead of the second half of the season after Leroy Sane increased recovery following knee surgery by returning to training on the grass at CFA.
The winger has not played since he sustained an injury during the Community Shield victory over Liverpool in August.
"He has taken the next step to get on the field, so he takes part in training," Guardiola said. "That's great news for us. It's good."