Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola cheered in front of the camera to wish BT Sport spectators a ‘Happy New Year’ ahead of an Arsenal game.
The defending Premier League champions travel to north London to extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points.
But in-form Arsenal are coming in their way, who have not lost their last five innings and find themselves in the top four.
Guardiola was giving his assessment ahead of the much-anticipated fixture, and left immediately afterwards.
Guardiola then flew in front of the camera and wished the audience a “Happy New Year”.
One fan said on Twitter: “So comforting to know he has a fun team to go out and bat on.”
Another said: “This will be one of the greatest memes in the football world.”
A Norwich fan described Guardiola’s wishes as ‘the first meme of the year’.
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Unfortunately for the Spaniard, his old understanding Mikel Arteta will not be on the touchline due to the covid.
Assistant manager Albert Stuyvenberg will take charge for Saturday’s game.
Arteta confirmed: “Albert will be in charge. As with the rest of the team, it will depend on who is unavailable as there are too many [Covid] Issues in that department recently.
“Hopefully, everyone will be there to help as much as possible.
“We will keep in touch but at the same time I want to give them the possibility, responsibility and freedom to make decisions and express themselves on the pitch.
“It is completely different than being on that touchline with the players and being at home.
“I’m going to be here at some point to support and help, but they have to get the pace of the game and communicate with the players.”
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