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Opinion: Guardiola must retain Aguero in Manchester City’s starting XI despite Arsenal stinker

Opinion: Guardiola must retain Aguero in Manchester City’s starting XI despite Arsenal stinker

The 2-0 scoreline between Manchester City and Arsenal would suggest it was a comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s men last week as they began their title defence with a victory at the Emirates.

However, that was far from the case and there were times where Arsenal looked like they would find a way back into the game.

And now Guardiola, as he so often likes to do, could tinker with some things going into the Premier League champions’ game against Huddersfield Town.

One thing the Spaniard should not tinker with, though, is his No.9.

Since arriving at the Etihad back in January 2017, Gabriel Jesus has shared striker duties with Sergio Aguero. And, after what can only be described as a disappointing performance against Arsenal, there have been some calls for the Argentinian to be dropped in place of his Brazilian team-mate.

£72m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Aguero was criticised by some Manchester City supporters for not squaring the ball to team-mate Kevin De Bruyne during an attack against Arsenal when the game was still only at 1-0.

That, however, is not enough to warrant the exclusion of Aguero in the Citizens’ upcoming game.

While Jesus has clearly showed he is an adequate enough alternative to Aguero on many occasions, it was only a couple weeks ago when the latter scored his 200th and 201st Manchester City goals after tormenting Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea defence in the Community Shield.

Also, with David Wagner likely to deploy the deepest of deep blocks against Manchester City, Guardiola’s side may need that little flash of brilliance or moment of magic up front that Aguero usually delivers when the current Premier League champions need it most.

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