Wenger in Wembley spotlight as Arsenal face City test

The Brazil star was expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for the injury he sustained at Bournemouth on February 13 in only his fifth game for the club.

"He's really, really much, much better", Guardiola revealed, according to the Daily Mail. 'He will take part in training with us [on Friday]. He's is coming back with his happiness, and we are so happy.

"We are going to travel, all the squad, to Wembley".

'In the previous semi finals, we were super favourites but in this game it is between two teams who are very close to each other in the Premier League so it is much more level on chances at the start.

The FA Cup now represents Guardiola's only hope of silverware in his first season at City after his side failed to mount a serious Premier League title challenge and crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

'Of all the players who are injured I am happy when they come back but especially for him.

But in the event the Citizens find a way to win the FA Cup as well as procure Champions League football for next year, afterward Guardiola might have the ability to claim his first effort accountable for the club has, actually, been successful.

The Spanish manager ruled out defender John Stones for the weekend's clash because of a muscular problem. I think the big pitch will suit our style of play.

Alexis Sanchez has scored five times in his four appearances at Wembley: three goals for Arsenal, and two for Chile against England.

The Citizens have won just eight of their 15 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium this term, with their tally of 30 points ranking seventh in the division. I think Arsenal is a step - we have to remove them and go to the final.

Even though Pep Guardiola plans to include Gabriel Jesus in the squad, it is quite unlikely that the Brazilian will straight away displace Aguero at the top.

However, it stopped short of endorsing the manager of 21 years, insisting that only a decision about a new deal "will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way".

"We expect that as players, the fans expect for sure because in the two games we've played against Arsenal there were a lot of goals". But the fact the contract extension story was leaked a month ago and it's still unsigned makes it clear there are enough people on the board who are unsure about him.

"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".

"He has made an impact".

  • Julie Sanders