- Pep Guardiola says Arsenal board does not deserve his respect
- The Spanish-born tactician says the club is doing amazingly on the pitch but off the pitch is nothing
- The Gunners dumped City out of the FA Cup clash to reach the final a record 21 times
Two-time Premier League winner Pep Guardiola has thrown a jibe at the Arsenal board after saying their activities off the pitch do not deserve his respect.
The Gunners ended City's quest of retaining the FA Cup title this year after bundling them out of the championship with a 2-0 win in their semifinal clash at Wembley Stadium
Mikel Arteta's men are the most successful team in the history of the competitions with 13 titles and they are in their 21st final with the hope of crowing their season with the 14th title.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich handler is of the opinion that the Gunners were part of the so-called 'Hateful Eight' cabal who tried to frustrate their successful Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal, as revealed by Sportsmail.
"The opponents always deserve my respect and credit,' he said.
"Arsenal, I have all the respect for what they are on the pitch, not much off the pitch - but on the pitch, a lot."
Guardiola may be unhappy with the North Londoners over the way they took his assistant away from him last December.
He further stated that he was unsure if Arsenal would support their young manager in the transfer market this summer.
Meanwhile, he will immediately shift his side's focus to their Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash against Spanish champions Real Madrid on August 7.
The first leg ended in a 2-1 advantage for the Premier League side but Los Blancos would have a little more time to rest before the clash at the Etihad next month.
"We'll have two days (off) after Watford, but after Watford we'll have two weeks of training sessions, Guardiola said.
"We are going to try to maintain our rhythm in our sessions. We are going to find a specific way to play against Madrid.
"They have no (Sergio) Ramos, so we'll see how (Eder) Militao and (Raphael) Varane have joined together in their games together. It's an advantage that we have more time to prepare specific things about them.
"We are excited and optimistic against Madrid. If we play at a decent level we'll have our chance, if not we'll be out. Saturday was not good enough."
The Spaniard has been in charge of the Citizens since 2016 and the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona gaffer has won the Premier League title twice together with FA and EFL Cup.
City and Manchester United have been long-term rivals in the Premier League considering how they share the same city.