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Can Guardiola overcome Wenger's Emirates hoo-doo?

Goal.com logo Goal.com 02-04-2017
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Arsenal's repeated struggles against Europe's best sides have become a major complaint among fans who want to see Arsene Wenger step aside.

'Wenger is up there with Ferguson'

Pep Guardiola is an example of a coach who has regularly got the better of Wenger whenever they have faced each oher, just as Sir Alex Ferguson did in the final years of his reign at Manchester United, and as Jose Mourinho does, particularly during his time at Chelsea.

Guardiola and Wenger have faced each other in nine competitive games in their managerial careers, and the Catalan has come out on top in five of those meetings, with just two wins for Wenger.

Crucially, those Arsenal wins have counted for little. When Wenger masterminded a 2-1 win over Guardiola's Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 in 2010-11, Barca bounced back to win the return 3-1. And when Arsenal beat Bayern 2-1 at the same stage in 2014-15, the German side recovered to win 5-1 at home.

In four Champions League last-16 ties, Guardiola has got through to the next round every time. Including Manchester City's 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Premier League in December, Guardiola's teams have scored 20 goals compared to Wenger's 11.

It is fair to say that Guardiola, like many of Europe's top coaches, has the upper hand when it comes to facing Wenger's Arsenal.

But there is an interesting quirk in the rivalry. Four of Guardiola's five wins have come at home, whether at Camp Nou, the Allianz Arena or the Etihad Stadium.

At the Emirates Stadium he has won just once in four attempts, with Bayern in 2014. Both of Wenger's wins against Guardiola's teams have come in London, and there has been one draw.

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