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Arsenal v Manchester City Team News

13th December 2019, 17:23 by Aidan Perkins

Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe will have his knee injury assessed ahead of Sunday's Premier League visit of Manchester City.

The Gunners’ club-record signing missed the Europa League trip to Standard Liege on Thursday with knee bruising, but is in contention to return against the reigning champions this weekend.

Hector Bellerin (hamstring) will also undergo a fitness test, but Kieran Tierney (shoulder), Granit Xhaka (concussion), Rob Holding (knee) and Dani Ceballos (hamstring) will all miss out.

City will again be without record goalscorer Sergio Aguero (thigh) and defender John Stones (hamstring) as Pep Guardiola’s side aim to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing 2-1 Manchester derby defeat at home to United.

Playmaker David Silva is also doubtful after missing the midweek Champions League game at Dinamo Zagreb after what Guardiola described as a kick in the leg. Phil Foden, who started the 4-1 win in Europe, will be on stand-by to play at the Emirates.

Goalkeeper Ederson should be available again after illness, but defender Aymeric Laporte and winger Leroy Sane (both knee) are long-term absentees.

Guardiola’s side appear to be out of the Premier League title race already this season as they sit in third place, 14 points behind leaders Liverpool after 16 games.

They will still be expected to make the top four, but cannot afford another setback and Guardiola is aware Arsenal can pose them plenty of problems, with Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette mentioned as possible key men to hurt his side.

He said: “We will watch the previous Arsenal games and figure out what they will do. Arsenal have a typical style of play.

“They have quality between the lines with (Mesut) Ozil and (Alexandre) Lacazette.”

The Gunners will again have interim boss Freddie Ljungberg in charge and the Londoners, who beat West Ham 3-1 last time out, are ninth, seven points behind current fourth-placed Chelsea.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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