By Steve Stammers For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:31 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 23:46 GMT, 1 February 2019
There are those in football who believe that Pep Guardiola has led a charmed life in management.
Wherever he has been in charge, Guardiola has inherited a star-studded squad and had considerable financial backing - at Barcelona, at Bayern Munich and now at Manchester City.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is not a pupil of that school of thought.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery described City boss Pep Guardiola as the best manager in the world
Emery and Guardiola have been head-to-head on eleven occasions in their careers and the City manager is unbeaten - he has recorded seven wins and there have been four draws.
The latest confrontation came in Emery's first match in charge at Arsenal - a 2-0 home defeat at the Emirates in the Premier League.
While Guardiola took over a squad laced with proven ability, Emery has been handed the task of re-shaping the squad following the Arsene Wenger dynasty and with severe financial restrictions.
The two teams meet again at the Etihad on Sunday and there was only respect and certainly no envy when Emery spoke of his direct opponent.
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