Arsenal vs Manchester City preview: Gabriel Jesus returns to squad after metatarsal injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 21 April 2017 16:31


Arsenal vs Manchester City preview: Gabriel Jesus returns to squad after metatarsal injuryJohn Stones ruled out with muscular injury sustained during training

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Cup

Date: 3.00pm, Sunday 23rd April 2017

Venue: Wembley Stadium, North London

Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: S Bennet, S Child Fourth Official: S Atwell

Odds: Arsenal 16/5, Draw 3/1, City 17/20

Tickets: On sale via www.mcfc.co.uk

TV: BT Sport

Arsenal

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Squad (from): Cech, Martinez, Debuchy, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Kodscielny, Bellerin, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Xhaka, Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez, Welbeck

Injured: Mustafi, Ospina, Perez, Cazorla

Doubtful: Welbeck

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWDLW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Garcia, Navas, Nolito, Sane, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho, Jesus

Injured: Stones, Gundogan

Doubtful: Jesus, Sagna

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLDDL

John Stones misses out after suffering a muscular injury in training, but Gabriel Jesus returns to the squad for the first time since breaking a metatarsal against Bournemouth in February and manager Pep Guardiola is delighted to see the Brazilian striker return to fitness.s

"(He's) much, much better, today he made part of training with us. He’s is coming back with his happiness, and we are so happy. We are going to travel, all the group, to Wembley, he will be part of that and after that we’ll see."

"The impact of Gabriel is shown by how difficult it is to come to the Premier League and have the effect he did.

"Against Tottenham, Swansea (you can see his impact). He had all Europe in his hands and he decided to come here, we cannot forget that. That’s why we are so happy that hopefully he can help us, along with Sergio and the others before the end of the season." 

City's last game against Arsenal ended in a 2-2 draw, with Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 37 of the 160 games played against Arsenal, with 40 draws and 83 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Navas, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Arsenal 2 City 2 (City to win on penalties)