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Predicted Man City XI vs. Arsenal: Gabriel Jesus to replace Aguero in altered City side

Still buzzing from the final Blues?

We take on the same opponents, Arsenal, this time at their home ground on Thursday night. With a fixture against Chelsea at the Etihad looming on Sunday, Pep Guardiola could choose to rotate some of his options against Arsenal, especially with the squad having been boosted by the returns of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané and David Silva.

Guardiola has confirmed that Fernandinho will not play against Arsenal with his injury not as serious as it had seemed when he departed the pitch at Wembley. Raheem Sterling has returned to training but Pep is not sure if he will be able to play tomorrow with a return more likely against Chelsea or Basel.

While Bravo was good in between the sticks in the final, Ederson is expected to start in the league. Ahead of him Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko are likely to be the starting full-backs. The former has been a solid and consistent performer on the right flank and the latter gives Danilo some much needed rest for the match against Chelsea.

I can see rotation in the centre of defence with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte being given a chance to find some rhythm.

Guardiola has a tough decision to make with his midfield because Fernandinho has played in every single league game this season and will be difficult to replace. If his icy demeanour towards Yaya Touré is taken into account, Ilkay Gundogan is the man most likely to replace him. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva will make up the midfield, once again a chance for the maestros to show their collective magic.

With Sané back to full fitness to start and Jesus back too, our front can be rotated again. Bernardo Silva, fresh from a substitute appearance at Wembley, should start on the right with Gabriel Jesus given a chance to regain some fitness up front and in doing so giving Aguero some rest before Chelsea. Leroy Sané showed an improvement over recent performances against Arsenal and should be given the chance to run at them again.

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