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Man City ‘seal’ midfielder deal before Arsenal

Man City sign up Fernandinho

According to the Mirror on Sunday, Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernandinho has “sealed” a contract extension with Man City.

To be clear, however, the deal has yet to be confirmed by eitherFernandinho or Man City.

The 32-year-old year is set to be out of contract at the end of the season. However he’s going to stay at the Etihad Stadium for a while longer:

Mirror Sport can reveal that the terms of a new one-year extension have now been sealed.

The deal will be signed once Fernandinho has resolved a business issue back in Brazil.

In the build up to the Arsenal match on Sunday, Pep Guardiola hailed his South American holder.

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Guardiola labelled Fernandinho one of the three best players in his position in the world.

Unfortunately he didn’t expand on who the other two players were, or the ranking of the top three.

Man City v Arsenal

Heading into the Arsenal game, it’s hard to see past a Man City win.

Aside from drawing with Everton this season, the Sky Blues have won ever other match they’ve played in.

That’s included wins away at Chelsea and Napoli in recent weeks.

To compound matters for Arsenal, they head to Manchester with serious problems at the back.

If the rumour mill is true, left-back Sead Kolasinac is out of the game after he picked up an injury last weekend against Swansea.

There is talk Alex Iwobi could feature in the Bosnian’s place.

German centre-half Shkodran Mustafi is also set to miss the City game through injury. That could seeing Per Mertesacker start at the heart of the Gunners back three.

It’s worth remembering, however, that Arsenal did beat Man City in the FA Cup semifinal last season.

Also see: Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez shows support for Man City star.

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