When Ilkay Gundogan was substituted off during Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday, Pep Guardiola feared the worst.
The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder left the field in tears, suggesting that this wasn’t merely a minor knock.
Sure enough, when speaking to the press, Pep Guardiola admitted that he was ‘sad’ about the news and that the 26-year-old would be a big miss.
“I am so, so sad at what happened with Ilkay Gundogan,” he told reporters following the win over the Hornets.
“We’re going to miss him I think for a long time.”
Gundogan’s already featured in 10 Premier League games this season and has become a regular starter; he’s even scored three and assisted one. Therefore, not having the German international in the side when Arsenal travel to the Etihad on Sunday is bound to hear the manager with dread.
So far, Pep’s tenure in Manchester hasn’t been quite as remarkable as many expected. However, his City side are still fourth in the table, just one point behind the Gunners, who they face at the weekend.
While a loss will put the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager under more pressure, a win could dramatically boost their title chances.
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