Man City prepare to play Arsenal for the second time in five days after their comfortable Carabao Cup final victory. This time the two face off in the Premier League, but who would make the cut in a combined XI?
GK Ederson- The influence Ederson has on this City side cannot be understated, one of the key differences between the City of last season, and this season is the presence of a world class goalkeeper. Ederson’s ability with the ball at his feet is his strongest attribute, but his all round goalkeeping cannot be underestimated. This can be seen by his miraculous save from a close range Lukaku effort in the Manchester derby earlier this season.
RB Kyle Walker- Guardiola moved quickly to ensure he replaced his ageing fullbacks with young, quick players, and in Kyle Walker they got one of the best around. Going forward he offers pace and solid delivery into the box, complimenting the wing play of Leroy Sane perfectly, who prefers to come inside, leaving the space for Walker to overlap. Defensively he is also solid, his pace managing to nullify most wingers.
CB Vincent Kompany- Despite his numerous injury troubles over the past few seasons, the fact remains that when he’s fit, he’s the best defender in the country. Now enjoying an injury free run in the side, Kompany is back to his best, and at only 31 years of age, he still has a good number of years left to cemente his legacy as one of City’s greatest ever players.
CB Nicolas Otamendi- Otamendi is one of the most improved players in the Premier League. Often seen as a bit of a liability at the back before this season, Otamendi now looks like a completely new player. Calm and composed, compared to his previous erratic and unpredictable style of play, Otamendi is a player reborn under the tutelage of Pep.
LB Nacho Monreal- The first Arsenal player to make the team, Monreal is having his best season in England, despite the constant turmoil currently going on at the Emirates. Monreal is having the best goal scoring season of his career, with 5 goals in all competitions (the same amount as Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck). Not bad for a left back.
CM Fernandinho- Fernandinho has consistently preformed in City’s engine room for the past few seasons, and allows their more dangerous players to attack relentlessly. However, he is much more than a standard defensive midfielder, capable of scoring and assisting goals making him a very well rounded player, and perfect to play a similar role that Sergio Busquets played at Barcelona.
CM Jack Wilshere- Perhaps a controversial choice in the centre of the park, but when he’s on form, Wilshere is a brilliant player. Another player who has suffered with injuries over recent years, Wilshere finally looks to be injury free, and has been putting in impressive performances this season. With his contract situation still not resolved, Wilshere could move on this summer, and if he carries on playing like he currently is will not be short of offers.
RW Leroy Sane- Sane continues to impress during his second season in the Premier League, and despite not being the main man at the Etihad, his potential is frightening. 11 goals this season reflects a brilliant return for the wide man, but it is his all round wing wizardry that has captured the attention of fans across the country.
AM Kevin De Bruyne- Possibly the best player in the Premier League, De Bruyne is unbelievable to watch, and does not have a single weakness opposition teams can try to take advantage of. His consistency is unrivalled, and there is not a single team in the world that De Bruyne wouldn’t instantly improve. 11 goals and 19 assists highlight his ability, and you can guarantee there are plenty more goals and assists to come as he leads City’s treble hopes.
LW Raheem Sterling- Sterling has gone from a tricky winger who failed to deliver an end product on a regular basis, to one of the best and most consistent wingers in the Premier League. If you’d have said at the beginning of the season Sterling would have 20 goals by February, most fans and pundits would have laughed you out of the room, but that is exactly what has happened. The improvement is as clear as day, and even Sterling’s most harshest critics cannot deny that he is justifying that £50 million price tag.
ST Sergio Aguero- Not a lot can be said about Aguero that hasn’t already been said, put simply, he is one of the greatest goalscorers the Premier League has ever seen. Despite rumours that Pep wasn’t his biggest fan, Aguero has continued to bang in the goals, and is on course for his best ever season. Already City’s all time top scorer and one goal away from 200 strikes for the Citizens, it doesnt look like the goals will be drying up anytime soon.