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Man City’s hardest test this year could be yet to come despite Guardiola’s success

The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling confident ahead of one of the biggest months in their club’s season so far. 

Barring a mini injury crisis of late, the season has gone just about as perfectly as Pep Guardiola could have possibly wished so far. However, that could be all set to change this month as City prepare for a handful of fixtures which could determine the extent of their success this season. After 26 fixtures the Premier League title looks like a formality considering the level of dominance City have shown, but away from the league, City still have two domestic cup competitions that everybody involved with the club will be hoping, and even expecting to win.

City have an important 5th round tie against Wigan Athletic to play on the 19th of February before they face Arsenal at Wembley in the League Cup final on the 25th. The Citizens’ fixture against Arsenal at Wembley will be their second against The Gunners at the home of English football in as many years.

Arsenal eventually knocked City out of the competition in extra-time last year before going on to win the competition, and they will fancy their chances of recording another defeat over City now that they have been buoyed by the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners invincible season of 2003/04 remains one of the most iconic and commendable achievements recorded by any club in the history of English football, but a quadruple-winning season from Man City could potentially eclipse Arsenal’s season. And with that being said there is no doubt that Arsenal will have an added incentive to defeat the imperious City at Wembley for the second season running at the end of the month.

The league-leaders will also face FC Basel in their first-leg of the Champions League next week for a fixture they will be fully expecting to win, but the injury problems currently plaguing at the club could serve to upset their rhythm.

Man City’s season is not in danger of being derailed just yet, but football is a game so often defined and dictated by momentum, so the club must be guard against complacency this month, overcome their injury crisis unscathed and extend their hope of claiming a historic quadruple this season by winning all four of their remaining February fixtures.

Thoughts? 

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