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Sergio Agüero set to miss the Arsenal clash

Tuesday 6th December 2016
The Football Association have confirmed Manchester City's star striker Sergio Agüero will serve a four-match ban starting immediately, barring an appeal. Sergio Agüero (28) has been given the suspension for his red card worthy tackle on David Luiz from Saturday.  
Chelsea defeated Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday, a victory that leaves them four points clear of Pep Guardiola's City. Manchester City have now failed to win their last four Premier League home games.

A match which should have been remembered for its breathtaking football was instead marred by the horrific actions of Agüero and his teammates. Perhaps it was the frustration of losing that pushed Aguero into this moment of madness. The tackle was literally knee high and completed with excessive force. The challenge left David Luiz writhing in pain deep in stoppage time.

Usually, a straight red is an automatic three-match ban but due to the Argentinean's previous behavioural problems, he gains an extra match on the sidelines. Sergio Agüero was given a three-match ban earlier this season for elbowing West Ham United's Winston Reid. The current ban will see Agüero out of action until Boxing Day. Meaning he'll make his much-anticipated return on New Year's Day against Liverpool. City will deeply miss the striker, who has scored 10 goals in his last 12  Premier League appearances.
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho (31) has also received a three-match suspension due to his ugly altercation with Cesc Fàbregas. The Brazilian sent the Spaniard over the advertising boards in what seemed like an unwarranted aggressive action. However, TV replays have now shown that Fernandinho was only responding to a slap from the Spaniard, which the referee did not see.
Both players gave Anthony Taylor no choice but to give them both straight reds. After the match, Guardiola apologised for the behaviour of his players, claiming that he didn't believe Agüero's challenge was 'intentional'.

The suspensions deliver a crucial blow to Pep Guardiola as he prepares his team for the Christmas period. Nicolas Otamendi will also be facing a one-match ban, after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. As City travel to Leicester this weekend, Pep will be without three of his most important players. For any team, this would be devastating, but for City, these are moments where their unbelievable squad depth comes in handy.
Manchester City face Arsenal in two weeks time, and both Agüero & Fernandinho will be ineligible for the match. In nine games against Arsenal, Sergio Agüero has scored four goals and assisted once. Even when he's not scoring goals, his mere presence alone strikes fear and panic into his opponents.

Arsenal will now probably have to deal with the raw Kelechi Iheanacho, who is a fine player in his own right but not someone who should concern Laurent Koscielny or Shkodran Mustafi. In midfield, Pep will probably deploy a pivot of Yaya Toure & Fernando. Two midfielders who are competent in their positions, but susceptible to being overrun. Gunners fans will be ecstatic with the ban but must not develop a false sense of complacency, as City still have several quality players to hurt the North London club.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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