Pep Guardiola expects clubs to be monitoring Alexis Sanchez's contract situation

Guardiola would love to beat Arsenal and return to Wembley to lift the FA Cup in his first season in English football where expectations have been high but silverware delivery low.

Arsenal must face Manchester City on Sunday without injured quintet Shkodran Mustafi, Danny Welbeck, Lucas Perez, David Ospina and Santi Cazorla.

"I used over the years always the League Cup - as we played in the Champions League --to develop the younger players". However, among all of the madness of the Premier League season, it's easy to forget that Arsenal has managed to reach the semifinal of the FA Cup.

For Arsene Wenger's side, winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to start after a string of impressive performances lately, despite failing to find the back of the net in the FA Cup this season. It's not only for the trophies that we win that is important.

"2014 was special pressure, this time, was special opportunity for us". You know as well when the team fights and doesn't do it creates even more uncertainty.

Arsenal have lost four of their last eight games in all competitions and had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with City at the Emirates earlier this month. In the league they are 11 points behind leaders Chelsea with six matches remaining.

He scored three goals in his first two league games.

The Spaniard was a member of the Barca side which won the Champions League at the ground in 1992 and he tasted glory again when in charge of the Lionel Messi-inspired winners of 2011.

"It's maybe our only opportunity to get a trophy this season".

Manchester City face off against Arsenal on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup semi-final, and they'll have to do it without a key first team player.

It is a special experience and, for us, I think we are focused, highly motivated.

His stunning free-kick against Middlesbrough helped them to a win last time out and Guardiola said it was that type of magic which separated Sanchez from other players.

"If they didn't want it, that would be a huge disappointment. After that, we are going to see".

Will Alexis Sanchez lead Arsenal to victory?

Although the way they conceded in their 2-1 win over Boro raised questions about the defence again, having three defenders with two wing-backs did seem to offer more protection.

  • Julie Sanders