Depleted City squad faces Arsenal without Ilkay Gundogan

With Ilkay Gundogan suffering a serious knee injury in Manchester City’s win over Watford mid-week, the forward out of the club’s clash with Arsenal this weekend.

Gundogan was forced off the pitch in tears minutes just before half-time after sustaining the damage in his knee, which City coach Pep Guardiola later confirmed could sideline the Germany international for “some time.”

The City manager said after the 2-0 win: “I’m so sad for Ilkay as it looks like we’ll be without him for a long time – we will know more tomorrow but it doesn’t look good.”

“We’ll know the extent of the injury when he has been properly assessed by the doctor tomorrow so until then we cannot know for sure, but I think he may be out for some time.”

The news will be a major blow for Guardiola ahead of City’s vital Premier League game on Sunday against Arsenal, who sit above them in the standings in third place, with Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho suspended.

Gundogan has scored five times for City in all competitions, and created another, since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

His latest injury will also be hugely disappointing for the player himself after he spent the summer recovering from a dislocated kneecap, which he suffered during training at Dortmund in May.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, will be without long-term absentees Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Shkodran Mustafi for the game in Manchester.

The Gunners lost a chance to shorten the gap against table leaders Chelsea after a defeat to Everton, and now stays only one point ahead of City.

Prediction:

Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal

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