Manchester City striker Erling Haaland is in doubt for the Citizens' important challenge against Arsenal this week. The forward was injured in City's 3-1 win over Aston Villa, and was forced off the field at half-time. The coach of the team, Pep Guardiola, confirmed the news by commenting on the situation for the media:
"Erling took a hit, he wasn't feeling well. In the break between parts I talked to the doctors. They said that with the score we were at that moment, it was better not to risk it and that's what we did. If the result was closer, maybe I wouldn't have done it (replaced Haaland). Hopefully it will be ready for Wednesday. But if he is not or there is a risk, he will not play."
Arsenal meanwhile drew 1-1 with Brentford on Saturday and this is the perfect opportunity for Pep Guardiola's men to close the gap on the Londoners. If City manage to win at the Emirates they will go top of the table, but Arsenal have an extra game to play. Guardiola added:
"The team that is above us in the ranking lost points, that was the reason why it was important to use the opportunity and narrow the gap. They have played a game less, we know the points difference and we reckon we are 6 points behind, but we will travel to London to play our game."
Guardiola believes his side have improved in recent weeks, and have a real chance of beating rivals Arsenal:
"I feel that we have improved a lot, especially in the training sessions of the last 10 days. Everyone is focused, which gives us the chance to be competitive. It does not guarantee us victory, but without focus it is impossible."