Blow for Guardiola: Man City suffer big setback ahead of Arsenal clash

Manchester City supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern so far this week after seeing their side win the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday courtesy of an easy 3-0 victory over Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s men got past West Brom, Wolves, Leicester City, and Bristol City to reach the showpiece, and produced an excellent display to comfortably get the better of Arsene Wenger’s lacklustre Gunners on Sunday. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, and David Silva secured a routine success for the North West outfit, thus sealing a third League Cup triumph in the last five years, at the same time clinching the first leg of a possible treble this season.

Subsequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in the last few days, although their fine win at Wembley on Sunday appears to have come at a cost, with the club’s official website confirming that midfielder Fernandinho will miss Thursday’s Premier League clash with the Gunners due to a hamstring injury.

The Brazil international has played every minute of City’s league campaign so far this term to underline his significance to Guardiola’s team, with three goals and four assists in those 28 league starts also emphasising his ability to come up with crucial contributions at crucial times.

However, the 32-year-old came off injured at Wembley on Sunday to immediately throw his participation against the Gunners on Thursday into doubt, and the club’s official website have since confirmed that he will not be fit to line up at the Emirates Stadium later this week.

And while they did admit that the problem ‘isn’t serious’, his absence on Thursday is sure to come as a big blow to manager Guardiola, whose side can take another step closer to the Premier League title with victory in the capital later this week.

Landlord’s verdict: While the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, and Kevin De Bruyne have been hogging the headlines for Manchester City this term, there’s little doubting just how crucial Fernandinho has been to their success.

The 32-year-old has played every minute of their Premier League campaign to give Pep Guardiola’s side the much-needed balance in the midfield, but the Citizens have reportedly suffered a huge blow ahead of Thursday’s league clash with Arsenal, as the Brazil international has been ruled out through injury.

He sustained a hamstring problem against the Gunners in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, and while the club’s official website reassured City fans that the problem ‘isn’t serious’, his absence on Thursday will still come as a setback to manager Guardiola, who deemed the Brazilian one of the best defensive midfielders in the world earlier this term.

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