Pep Guardiola provides fitness update on Nathan Ake and Ilkay Gundogan ahead of Arsenal clash

Manchester City Pep Guardiola has provided a fitness update on Nathan Ake and Ilkay Gundogan ahead of the club’s Premier League game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Cityzens are currently the in-form side in Europe’s top five leagues with a stellar 17-match winning run across all competitions.


Next up, they face the Gunners who they have beaten in their previous seven league meetings, three of those coming at the Emirates.

Ahead of the game, Guardiola provided a fitness update where he revealed that Nathan Ake is close to making his return following a lengthy lay-off with a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Ilkay Gundogan returned to training after a minor groin complaint and Guardiola said that he will be assessed ahead of the trip to north London.

“Nathan [Aké] has come back to training alone but he is closer to coming back,” he said as per the club’s official website.

[Ilkay] Gundogan played just a part of today’s session. We see tomorrow how he feels. The rest are fit.”

Sportslens view:

Ake has been out of action since the turn of the year but he has not been missed with Ruben Dias forming a solid central defensive partnership with John Stones at the heart of the defence.

Aymeric Laporte has also provided quality back-up when one of them has been rested. The Frenchman has recently started three of the previous five games at centre-back with Guardiola going for rotation.

Meanwhile, Gundogan has been in stupendous form since mid-December and he has contributed 11 goals and one assist from 12 league games during this period.

The German is enjoying his best return, having only managed a maximum of six goals in a season previously.

The 30-year-old has impressed with his positioning and timing into the box and it remains to be seen whether he continues to have the freedom to do the same with Kevin De Bruyne back in the mix following his hamstring injury.

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