“Even if there is a little risk, I will not play against Arsenal.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed his thoughts on the rise and appearance of ‘monster’ Erling Haaland.
Manchester City are facing the most important match of the season. It is against Arsenal on the 16th (hereafter Korean time). Manchester City won 3-1 against Aston Villa on the 13th. Although they played one more game than Arsenal, who played 21 games, they caught up with a three-point margin. If you win the upcoming game against Arsenal, the points will be equal. And you can climb to the top spot by goal difference. It was Arsenal, which seemed distant, but now they pursued it to the bottom of their chin.
But I ran into a little problem. It is the injury of Haaland, the key striker. Haaland was substituted for Julian Alvarez before the start of the second half against Aston Villa. He played a good role in the first half, helping Ilkai Kwon Do-gan’s second goal, but went to the bench with the second half left.
At first, it looked like he was resting ahead of an important Manchester City match. It was Manchester City that had plenty of room because they scored three goals in the first half alone. But it wasn’t a break.
In an interview with the ‘BBC’, Guardiola said, “Haland had a collision. There was discomfort.” If it was, I might not have replaced it. I don’t think I was seriously injured, but I have to watch the condition.”
“I want Haaland to play against Arsenal, but if he’s not ready or if there’s even a little bit of a risk, he won’t be playing,” Guardiola said.