Guardiola: Advantage of five points is nothing

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The Argentinian became City's all-time record scorer when he netted his 178th goal for the club in Wednesday's brilliant 4-2 Champions League victory at Napoli. City fought back despite a dominant early display from the Serie A leaders in their San Paolo Stadium stronghold before defender Faouzi Ghoulam went off with a knee injury.

But ahead of an encounter with Arsene Wenger's side that promises to be another feast of attacking football, Guardiola took time to praise a vital defensive cog in his side.

Share your thoughts in the comment section or on the #AmoreNation community page. "The point is how in the bad moments the team react and they did really well".

So, can Guardiola ensure that City avoid a third consecutive winter of discontent? The pint-sized Silva has played a key role in the Citizen's current, as well as prior, success, so much so that manager Josep Guardiola did not hesitate to call him "a legend for this club". But if you want to search for the last time that Man City actually lost a competitive game you have to go back to April, and who were the team that beat them?

Sterling could have moved to north London in August as City tried to secure the £60m signing of Alexis Sanchez, but both deals ended up falling through.

Wenger made 11 changes to his starting XI as Arsenal secured a place in the Europa League knockout rounds with a 0-0 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday. I just have to keep playing the same way, and I don't know. The France international is unlikely to feature again this season.

So, are City better equipped this time around? "He is an Arsenal player and the transfer window is closed", Guardiola said, in effect shutting down the debate, though the feeling remains City retain an interest that may resurface in January. "They are happy in the group, in the locker room - Fernandinho and for example David [Silva], these kind of players, they enjoy that situation". If there is a concern, it is probably in central defence.

However, Arsenal travel to Manchester for the Super Sunday encounter having shown great spirit in coming from behind to win their last two league matches, and will be no pushovers at the Etihad. Similarly, City can ill afford to lose right-back Kyle Walker, especially with left-back Benjamin Mendy already a long-term absentee. We will not hide.

Guardiola added: "I think it's mainly because he's decided: 'I want to score goals".