Strongest Man City XI vs Arsenal: Guardiola to make TWO key changes in 4-3-3 formation

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Vincent Kompany (muscle) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are Manchester City’s only confirmed injury-related absentees for the visit of Arsenal, with Pep Guardiola saying in Friday’s press conference that Benjamin Mendy (knee) has trained with his team-mates in the last couple of days but adding that he “doesn’t know” if the Frenchman is ready to start.

Changes are a possibility after the defeat to Newcastle on Tuesday with Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan clamouring for a recall in midfield and attack.

Kevin De Bruyne’s place could be at risk given that he has started the last four games in all competitions, though the fact that City had five days to recover from their exertions on Tyneside and that the Belgian was substituted midway through the second half of that loss could count in his favour.

Mahrez and Jesus will surely see game-time over the next two Gameweeks with City facing Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea in the space of eight days, though Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero may be given another chance to impress before possible rotation in midweek.

Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko are options at left-back, while Nicolas Otamendi will compete with John Stones for a place alongside Aymeric Laporte.

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