Guardiola supports Arteta as future head of Man City

Manchester, United Kingdom): Pep Guardiola believe Mikel Arteta it would be a suitable replacement for him when he leaves Manchester city after his Spanish assistant was linked to vacant jobs in Arsenal and Everton .

But the city chief said he would not get in the way of the 37-year-old man if he wanted to look for an opportunity elsewhere.

When asked if he would recommend Arteta as his successor, Guardiola, whose contract with the City extends until 2021, he told Sky Sports News: He can do that. But it depends on him, the club, many things that I can't decide.

"He is ready (to be a manager). It's right when he has an offer and he accepts the offer. But if you ask whether he is ready in his knowledge of the game, as a person, as a professional, then he is ready.

"I'm not a guy that puts a gun to the heads of my staff or players and says what they have to do.

"We are human beings and everyone has dreams and desires. Hopefully he can stay this season and the next one -- as long as possible in this club."

Arteta, who played for Everton and Arsenal , is one of the names in the frame to succeed the sacked Unai Emery at the Emirates, while Everton are also looking for a boss after dismissing Marco Silva on Thursday.

Guardiola, who was preparing for the Manchester derby on Saturday, said Manchester United had impressed him with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite Norwegian difficulties.

I'm not there, it's hard to judge my colleagues, said Guardiola, whose team is third in the Premier League table, 11 points behind Liverpool.

"I judge the qualities of the players, incredibly fast, set-piece with (Harry) Maguire. They have good players and believe in what they do. I've been impressed.

"I'm manager of City and I think he's an exceptional person. United have huge history and their quality is always there but we must try to beat them."

Sergio Agüero remains out of play, but left back Oleksandr Zinchenko could face United after knee surgery in October.