Guardiola came to my house when he was player: Wenger

Pep Guardiola will finally step out at Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium in Manchester City's fifth-round FA Cup tie with the third-tier side on Monday - 13 years after he nearly joined the Lancashire club as a player.

After leaving Qatari club Al-Ahli in 2005, Guardiola was approached by then-Wigan manager Paul Jewell, who tried to persuade the 35-year-old free agent to spend the final days of his career in Lancashire.

"I was not good enough, that is the truth".

On the other side of the coin, I am expecting Manchester City to play well and try to kill this game quickly.

"He told me he would like to come and play in the Premier League". The same happened when I came here to Manchester City, with Stuart Pearce.

Asked if he had a drink for Guardiola, Cook said: "A can of Skol!"

They were interested in me. "They were so clever!"

These past cup successes add spice to an intriguing tie but it would probably be an even greater shock than the previous two if City - 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League - slip up again. The period began with a comfortable 4-0 away win against Champions League opponents FC Basel and continues on Monday with an FA Cup clash with Wigan Athletic, a rematch of the 2013 final.

The Egypt global picked up his tenth booking of the season against Blackpool in Tuesday's League One outing which subsequently triggered a two-game ban.

"He'll stay a long time, while I'm here he will not move on, he will stay with me". The other (competitions), we will see.

"He reacted ideal. I know for the players - not just Claudio, the other ones - when they don't play regularly it is not an easy situation". They've scored at least three goals (and 33 in total) in eight of their last 11 outings.

"We are in the Carabao Cup final (against Arsenal next weekend) thanks to him".

"In the top clubs we need two good goalkeepers, so you can not survive with just one goalkeeper".

"Gomes did play for us a couple of times in the Premier League and the FA Cup".

Vanessa Coleman

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