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Guardiola backed to replace Wenger at Arsenal

Guardiola would be ideal for the Gunners. (©GettyImages)
Guardiola would be ideal for the Gunners. (©GettyImages).

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola would be a 'perfect' appointment for Arsenal, according to ex-Nou Camp defender Rafael Marquez.

Guardiola has taken an unspecified time out of the game having become exhausted after four years with Barca, during which he guided the Catalan giants to 14 major honours.

The future of Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager may not be up for debate just yet given the fact the Gunners want to extend the Frenchman's contract beyond 2014, but Guardiola has often been mentioned as potential successor.

The 41-year-old is, says Marquez, the ideal candidate to replace Wenger when his time at Arsenal comes to an end, and believes a move to the Premier League is a formality for Guardiola.

"I didn't yet have the chance to meet Pep in New York. We've been in touch before, to help him move here," New York Red Bulls defender Marquez, who played for two years under Guardiola at Barcelona, told Cadena SER.

"He will soon return to the game. I think he'll go to England. He'd be perfect for Arsenal."

Given his success at Barcelona, Guardiola has unsurprisingly been linked with almost every elite club in Europe, and is reportedly under consideration by Manchester United - along with Jose Mourinho - to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid boss Mourinho has already outlined his ambition to return to English football, although appeared to rule himself out of the Manchester United post by claiming he wants to pit his wits against Ferguson once again.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have also been credited with interest in the former Guardiola, and Roman Abramovich reportedly wanted to bring him to Stamford Bridge as a long-term successor to Andre Villas-Boas.

Bayern Munich has also been mooted as a potential destination for Guardiola, while both AC Milan and Inter Milan have been mentioned as possible suitors.

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