Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger go head-to-head for the 13th time on Sunday as Arsenal battle Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley. Both have met 12 times, with Guardiola having an advantage. Completesportsnigeria.com’s JOHNNY EDWARD chronicles their previous encounters between the two managers of the final…
1. Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona (Champions League quarter-final, March 2010)
The first meeting between Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola was in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and it ended in a draw. Barcelona raced to a two-goal lead after 13 minutes through strikes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Theo Walcott pulled one back before Cesc Fabregas’ late penalty made it 2-2.
2. Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal (Champions League quarter-final, April 2010)
The reverse fixture of the tie Camp Nou saw Arsene Wenger’s side lose 4-1 with Lionel Messi scoring a double brace to send the Gunners crashing out after Nicklas Bendtner stunned the Spaniards with an 18th-minute opener to put Arsenal ahead in the tie.
3. Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona (Champions League last-16, February 2011)
In 2011, Wenger recorded his first win over Guardiola at the Emirates Stadium. Andrey Arshavin sealed a memorable win for the Gunners after Robin van Persie had cancelled out David Villa’s opener in the 43rd minute of the first half.
4. Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (Champions League last-16, March 2011)
After recording that remarkable win from the first leg, Arsenal failed to reproduce the same performance in the return leg as they suffered a 3-1 defeat. A brace from Lionel Messi and another goal from Xavi Hernandez cancelled Sergio Busquets’ own goal.
5. Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich (Champions League last-16, February 2014)
The 2014 UEFA Champions League round of 16 saw Wenger suffer his first home defeat to Pep Guardiola at the Emirates. Brilliant strikes from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller saw the Gunners pay dearly for Mesut Ozil’s penalty miss. Wojciech Szczesny was also sent off for a foul on Arjen Robben in the encounter.
6. Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal (Champions League last-16, March 2014)
The second leg fixture of the UEFA Champions League at the Allianz Arena ended 1-1. Lukasz Podolski cancelled out Bastian Schweinsteiger’s opener as Arsenal bowed out of the competition.
7. Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich (Champions League group stage, October 2015)
Wenger enjoyed his second win over Guardiola after seven meetings in the group stages of the 2015 UEFA Champions League thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil.
8. Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal (Champions League group stage, November 2015)
However, Guardiola claimed his revenge a few weeks later as Bayern Munich annihilated Arsenal at the Allianz Arena. Goals from Robert Lewandowski, a brace from Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and David Alaba sealed victory for the Bavarians in the encounter.
9. Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League, December 2016)
This was the first English Premier League meeting between Wenger and Guardiola. Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a fifth minute lead at the Etihad stadium. In the second half, City scored twice through Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling to turn the game around.
10. Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City (Premier League, April 2017)
Their second meeting in the English Premier league at the Emirates Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw. Leroy Sane gave Manchester the lead after five minutes Theo Walcott restored parity in the 40th minute but Sergio Aguero restored the lead two minutes later. Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-2 in the 53rd minute to hand Wenger his third draw against Guardiola.
11. Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City (FA Cup, April 2017)
Arsene Wenger had the last laugh in their first ever meeting in the English FA Cup as his side ran out with a 2-1 win. Alexis Sanchez’s extra-time winner saw Arsenal beat Manchester City at Wembley. Sergio Aguero had put Manchester City ahead in the 62nd minute before Nacho Monreal equalised 11 minutes later. The defeat saw Pep Guardiola end a season without a trophy for the first time in his coaching career.
12. Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal (Premier League, November, 2017)
Pep Guardiola won the first league meeting between both managers this season, as his side emerged 3-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City were two goals up after 50 minutes thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero. Alexandre Lacazzete came off the substitutes bench to pull one back for Arsenal but Gabriel Jesus was on hand to put the game beyond reach for Arsenal, making it 3-1.