Pep on the likely return of Mendy and Ederson for Arsenal

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola is optimistic about welcoming Benjamin Mendy and Ederson Moraes ahead of their top of the table clash on Sunday.

Mendy only managed a cameo appearance against Burton in the League Cup since returning from a long-term knee injury and missed the games against Burnley and Newcastle

While Ederson suffered a knock in the midweek defeat at St James’ Park raising doubts about his chances featuring against the Gunners.

Previewing Sunday’s crucial clash against Arsenal, Guardiola revealed all of his squad were in training on Friday, bar skipper Vincent Kompany.

“Today, except Vinnie, the others have taken a training session,” he told the club’s website.

“I don’t know [whether Mendy will be fit to face Arsenal]. After the minutes he played against Burton away, he had two or three days without training.

“In the last two training sessions, he was able to train and we will see day by day.”

Pep equally spoke about the threat posed by the North Londoners with the Spanish manager wary of what he feels is a deadly trio.

“Unai Emery has done quite well in his first season with new players,” he said.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City in action during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium on April 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

League will be decided in the Manchester Derby

According to the Citizens' Bernardo Silva, the league title will be decided on Wednesday as Manchester City and Manchester United face off.

“Always, he has done an incredible job and now we are here. He has done very well and Arsenal will always remain a danger.

“They have very nice midfield players – young guys with lots of quality with Lacazette and Aubameyang and Ozil. They are a top side.”

City are five points adrift league leaders Liverpool and would be hoping to reduce the gap when they trade tackles with Unai Emery’s men.

On the other hand, Arsenal will be doing their best to consolidate on the fourth position with the race turning into a three horse race.