Man City's Jesus in line for Wembley return against Arsenal
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 3:54
Guardiola will be desperate to win the F.A. Cup, as he wants some kind of silverware in his first season, but Arsenal and Wenger will be just as desperate, as Wenger is fighting for a contract, and the team are fighting for their pride.
Defender John Stones, however, is still sidelined with the muscle injury that kept him out of last week's Premier League win at Southampton and he could also be doubtful for Thursday's derby against Manchester United.
"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".
Wenger could field as many as five British players - Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Rob Holding - but he says a player's nationality is less important to him than "players who integrate the values of the club" and are "ready to defend these values".
"I think they will not be happy", Guardiola said.
He said: "We want the FA Cup to put in my players' heads how good they are". I am so happy he joined us here.
The teams have a defence that has bordered on the shambolic this season and while they have flattered deceive in the league, the FA Cup is a last chance to salvage their season. "The fact they did fight and did win had a positive impact". We were able to win the first Champions League when Ronald Koeman made a fantastic goal against the Sampdoria of Roberto Mancini. "But I think winning or not winning isn't going to change too many things about the perspective of our future, what we are going to do". The younger players who have now got to the age where their potential has gone, have not progressed to the stage Arsene Wenger would like.
Jesus needed surgery after fracturing a metatarsal but the Brazilian striker has recovered quicker than anticipated after missing the past two months of activity.
Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed the 20-year-old will travel to London with the squad and is in contention to play, perhaps even to start.
The City boss said: "He's really, really much, much better". Today he will make part in the training with us and he is coming back with his happiness.
"And then from an England point of view keep pushing to be in and around that squad, and hopefully go to the World Cup and help us achieve something special". "After we will see". "All the squad are travelling down tomorrow and we will watch the match between Tottenham and Chelsea", he said.
With Claudio Bravo having played the last two games, Willy Caballero could return in goal if Guardiola sticks to his usual cup rotation policy.