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Arsenal are still risky says Guardiola

"We wanted to make a ideal performance but we were not able", he said.

It seems likely Guardiola will oversee a reshaping of the squad in the summer to launch a stronger push for trophies next season.

On Sunday, City missed a golden opportunity to bridge the gap with league leaders Chelsea when drawing 2-2 at Arsenal the day after the Blues lost at home to Crystal Palace.

Wenger made the claim in 2012 after an FA Cup defeat at Sunderland, he stated that "the first trophy is to finish in the top four".

He is now off his crutches after more than six weeks and Guardiola believes he is on the road to recovery.

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'He was in NY, ' said the City boss when asked about Gabriel Jesus.

"We created more chances than Monaco".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has questioned why some worldwide teams are playing friendlies as well as competitive matches at this stage of the season.

"I played him because Bacary Sagna was injured and Pablo Zabaleta was not ready".

Asked about a late incident which saw City appeal for a penalty against Nacho Monreal for handball, Guardiola said: "I spoke to Monreal at full-time about the penalty". Of course they have to run, but I like when they have the personality to play.

He continued: "As a spectator, I don't understand". Xabi Alonso went to Liverpool, Cesc (Fabregas) to Arsenal.

Southgate called for English football to ditch its "island mentality" and spoke of the benefits players could garner from playing overseas - an argument Guardiola inadvertently aided by exiling Joe Hart for season on loan at Torino. "They are not top, top ideal, but they are OK". "I think in Under-21s and Under-19s the quality is there too". The talent is there, I have no doubts about that.

"They need to make that step".

"We want to win, but we were not able to make a flawless performance", Guardiola told Sky Sports.



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