Gabriel Jesus in Manchester City squad for Arsenal FA Cup tie, Pep Guardiola confirms

James Benge
Evening Standard
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Manchester City will welcome back Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus to the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Arsenal, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

However defender John Stones faces a race against time to feature in the semi-final as he suffers with a muscular injury that ruled him out of the 3-0 win at Southampton last week.

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The return of Jesus could prove to be a serious headache for Arsenal, with the Brazilian having made a swift impact on the Premier League following his midseason switch from Palmeiras.

Jesus scored in three of his four Premier League appearances before suffering a metatarsal fracture at Bournemouth. It had been assumed the injury would rule out the 20-year-old for the remainder of the season but he will now be available for City’s run-in and could play a part in the cup tie. 

​Guardiola said of Jesus: “[He's] much, much better, today he made part of training with us. He’s is coming back with his happiness, and we are so happy. We are going to travel, all the group, to Wembley, he will be part of that and after that we’ll see.

“The impact of Gabriel is shown by how difficult it is to come to the Premier League and have the effect he did against Tottenham, Swansea.

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“He had all Europe in his hands and he decided to come here, we cannot forget that. That’s why we are so happy that hopefully he can help us, along with Sergio [Aguero] and the others before end of season.”

In addition to Stones City could also be without Bacary Sagna, who has not played since mid-March and has a groin strain.

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