Why Manchester City are likely to heavily rotate for Arsenal this weekend

Guardiola admits team needs rest

Guardiola has hinted that he is likely to rest a number of his key players in the week to come with the fixture list intensifying and the return of Champions League football in addition to domestic cup responsibilities.

“The schedule can get you depressed as it’s too many games,” said Guardiola after the win against Everton in the league yesterday evening. “The guys need rest but at the same time it is a beautiful challenge.”

Why Manchester City are likely to heavily rotate for Arsenal this weekend

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan has to leave the pitch with an injury before being substituted during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday February 13, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images)

“We have the Carabao Cup final then we are back here for the FA Cup [at Everton]. We don’t look at the calendar just the next one. It’s non-stop but we recover well and try to win the next one.”

Manchester City are facing a huge test of fixtures with Arsenal followed by Champions League ties with Borussia Monchengladbach which sandwich games against West Ham, Fulham and an arguable title clincher against Manchester United.

“New ones” against Arsenal

The confirmation that Manchester City are likely to heavily rotates for the match with Arsenal on Sunday was given in the post match press conference where the Spanish manager confirmed that with the heavy fixture schedule he had no choice but to make changes.

“If you see the schedule we had in November, December, January, we’re in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Champions League to the end and you see the schedule we have at the end of February and especially all March, when Premier League included two more games in that period against Wolves and Southampton we don’t have one week off so everybody is going to play,” he said.

Guardiola said that he will be selecting a new team for the test with Arsenal on Sunday.

“Today is the decision and against Arsenal we’re going to play new ones,” Guardiola added.

John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Ferran Torres and Sergio Aguero were all on the bench for the match with Everton and could come into the side for the weekend.

Why Manchester City are likely to heavily rotate for Arsenal this weekend

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester CIty celebrates after he scores his sides fifth goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on January 12, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

All except Sergio Aguero whop Guardiola said can only be an option from the bench at the moment.

“Sergio has been injured for a year, so cannot start from the beginning but is ready to come back. He was on the bench for the last game and will be again. When he can return he will do.”

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