Arsenal vs Manchester City: Pep Guardiola expects unhappy owners

But Wenger says he felt under more strain in 2014, when Arsenal were hoping to end a nine-year trophy drought, and stresses league form will count for nothing against City.

Juventus and Atletico Madrid head into the Champions League semifinals as teams who put the art of defending above the lovely passing football espoused by Guardiola, while Chelsea remain four points clear at the top of the Premier League, despite their recent wobble, largely because of the defensive strengths engineered by Antonio Conte.

Guardiola said on Friday "he is really much, much better".

The FA Cup represents City's last chance for silverware in Guardiola's first season at the Etihad Stadium and he accepts billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour may have expected to see more from the side.

The match will be a record 11th FA Cup semi-final for Wenger, who is eyeing a seventh triumph in the competition - also a record.

Leroy Sane is aiming to continue his hot streak against Arsenal in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final as he plays at Wembley for the first time. "What we have to do in the next years, nothing changes if we win or don't win the title".

"I would like to win the FA Cup to prove to my players in their heads how good they are", Guardiola added. He's is coming back with his happiness, and we are so happy.

"I said many times with them, but they still don't believe how good they are. It is still massive and what is great at Wembley is that you see your fans coming in and it is a unique experience for them and their children in life that they never forget".

Yet, performances on the whole have improved in the Guardiola era, only for some breathtaking passages of football to be undone by poor finishing or poor defending.

Brazil global Jesus has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his foot in February but returned to training earlier this month. "I'm happy here. I was so happy all the season, with its up and downs".

"We just want to win this game because we want to reach the final and then win the competition".

Guardiola says he is too involved in City's remaining games this season to focus on City's transfer business, but he has met with Txiki Begiristain, the sporting director, about exactly what he needs for next season.

The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Claudio Bravo were all smiles as they were put through their paces by Pep Guardiola on Tuesday.

  • Julie Sanders