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Why Manchester City are likely to heavily rotate for Arsenal this weekend

Why Manchester City are likely to heavily rotate for Arsenal this weekend

Guardiola admits team needs rest

Pep Guardiola has hinted that he is likely to rest a number of his key players over the week to come, with the fixture list intensifying amid the return of Champions League football.

“The schedule can get you depressed as it’s too many games,” said Guardiola after Man City’s win against Everton in the league yesterday evening. “The guys need rest but at the same time it is a beautiful challenge.”

Why Manchester City are likely to heavily rotate for Arsenal this weekend

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan has to leave the pitch with an injury before being substituted during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday February 13, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images)

“We have the Carabao Cup final then we are back here for the FA Cup [at Everton]. We don’t look at the calendar just the next one. It’s non-stop but we recover well and try to win the next one.”

Manchester City face a testing run of fixtures over the weeks ahead, with a meeting with Arsenal followed by Champions League ties with Borussia Monchengladbach, sandwiching games against West Ham, Fulham and a potential title clincher against Manchester United.

“New ones” against Arsenal

Confirmation that the Sky Blues are likely to heavily rotate for the match against Arsenal on Sunday was provided in Wednesday’s post-Everton press conference, when Guardiola revealed that he has no choice but to make changes.

“If you see the schedule we had in November, December, January, we’re in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Champions League to the end and you see the schedule we have at the end of February and especially all March, when Premier League included two more games in that period against Wolves and Southampton we don’t have one week off so everybody is going to play,” he said.

The Spaniard added that he will be selecting a ‘new’ team for his side’s trip to the Emirates:

“Today is the decision and against Arsenal we’re going to play new ones.”

John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Ferran Torres and Sergio Aguero were all on the bench last night, and could come into the side for the weekend.

Why Manchester City are likely to heavily rotate for Arsenal this weekend

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester CIty celebrates after he scores his sides fifth goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on January 12, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

This is the case for all except Aguero, who Guardiola admitted can only be an option from the bench at the moment:

“Sergio has been injured for a year, so cannot start from the beginning but is ready to come back. He was on the bench for the last game and will be again. When he can return he will do.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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