Pep Guardiola confirms knee operation rules Sergio Aguero out for rest of club season

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Aguero is City's leading scorer this season.

Argentine international Sergio Aguero‘s club season is over following a minor knee operation, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Guardiola, whose side secured the Premier League title last Sunday, said he would be sidelined for four to five weeks at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Swansea game.

Aguero is City’s top scorer with 30 goals in all competitions. The injury, suffered in training on March 10, does not appear to rule him out of Argentina’s World Cup campaign.

Asked if the striker’s season was over, Guardiola said: “Here, yeah. He will be out for four or five weeks. He is in Barcelona right now. We are going to fight to get him to the World Cup.”

The World Cup, in Russia, starts in mid-June.

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Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams and other players to feature in Arsene Wenger's Best XI

David Cooper 21/04/2018
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After 22 years at the helm, it will be the end of an era for Arsene Wenger when his association with Arsenal is over next month. He will leave London with three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and possibly the Europa League trophy come May and that success would not have been possible without his players.

Since arriving in 1996, Wenger has been fortunate to work with some world-class players over his two decades and here, we have come up with our Best XI during Wenger’s reign at Arsenal.

GOALKEEPER: DAVID SEAMAN

Already at club when Wenger arrived, 1996 to 2003

Appearances: 230 

When Wenger arrived in 1996, he was fortunate to have a gifted goalkeeper in David Seaman. Agile, authoritative and calm, Seaman was a safe pair of hands who rarely made errors in a big game when he was at his peak. Played key roles in the league’s 1998 and 2002 success’ and three FA Cup triumphs.

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RIGHT BACK: LAUREN

£7.2 million from Mallorca, 2000-6

Appearances: 159, Goals 4

Plying his trade in Spain where he grew up, Lauren made the move to north London in 2000 for £7.2million and quickly established himself as the first-choice right-back. Played a major role in Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ campaign and in the 2001-02 season. Left the club in 2007 having made nearly 250 appearances in seven years.

Lauren of Arsenal

CENTRE BACK: SOL CAMPBELL

Free transfer from Tottenham, 2001-6 and 2010

Appearances: 146, Goals 8

Caused a lot of controversy after signing on a free from arch rivals Tottenham, the England defender showed why Arsene Wenger rated him so highly with consistent performances at the back. Played 146 times for the Gunners and was an integral part of their unbeaten Premier League season in 2004.

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CENTRE BACK: TONY ADAMS

Already at the club when Wenger arrived, 1996 to 2002

Appearances: 204

The one-man club and a rock at the heart of Arsenal’s defence, Adams was one of the finest defenders in English football. As well timing his tackles perfectly and having mental and physical resilience, he possessed great leadership that was instrumental in the club’s league success in 1998 and 2002.

Dean Sturridge, Tony Adams

LEFT BACK: ASHLEY COLE

Youth product, 1999 to 2006

Appearances: 156, Goals: 8

Making his first-team debut aged just 18 was just the start for the Arsenal youth player as he went on to become one of the world’s best left-backs. Won two Premier League titles including the 2003-04 season and three FA Cups before making a controversial move across London to sign for Chelsea.

Birmingham City v Arsenal

RIGHT MIDFIELD: ROBERT PIRES

Signed from Marseille for £6 million, 2000-6

Appearances: 189, Goals: 62

The Frenchman didn’t have the best of starts to his career at Arsenal but the World Cup and Euro 2000 winner gradually found his form. Despite playing as a winger, he had an eye for goal, scoring 62 goals, some which were extraordinary as the club won two league titles and FA Cups in six years.

Arsenal's Robert Pires (R) fights off a

CENTRE MIDFIELD: PATRICK VIEIRA

Signed from AC Milan for £3.5 million, 1996 to 2005

Appearances: 279, Goals: 29

A tough-tackling midfielder, the Frenchman wasn’t afraid to get stuck in, in any battle on the pitch. Led by example and was a driving force in 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’ campaign. Left the club for Juventus after nine seasons with almost 280 appearances.

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CENTRE MIDFIELD: CESC FABREGAS

Joined from Barcelona Academy, 2003-11

Appearances: 212, Goals: 35

Arrived from Barcelona as a 16-year-old in 2003, Fabregas made giant steps in his development, making his first-team debut later that year. Became a prominent player for Arsene Wenger in the centre of midfield and was later given the armband. Won the FA Cup in 2005 before returning back to the Nou Camp in 2011 after eight years.

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LEFT MIDFIELD: MARC OVERMARS

Signed from Marseille for £5 million, 1997-2000

Appearances: 100, Goals: 25

Wenger took a risk to bring the Dutchman to Highbury but the decision paid off as Overmars took English football by storm. Finding his feet after recovering from a lengthy injury, was immense on the wing with his pace and creativity causing headaches for the opposition. He made 100 appearances over three seasons, winning the double in 1997-98.

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STRIKER: THIERRY HENRY

Signed from Juventus for £11 million, 1999-2007 and 2012 (loan)

Appearances: 258, Goals: 228

A few eye brows were raised when Henry arrived from Juventus for £11 million as a winger but that was soon forgotten when he showed his potential as an out-and-out striker. Caused problems for his defenders with his speed and agility and made it a habit of scoring some sensational goals. Is the club’s all-time scorer with 228 goals over two spells, winning seven trophies in London.

French forward Thierry Henry (L) of Arse

STRIKER: DENNIS BERGKAMP

Signed from Marseille for £7.5 million, 1995-2006

Appearances: 423, Goals: 120

One of Bruce Rioch’s first signings but it was the arrival of Arsene Wenger which saw Bergkamp transformed into a complete player. A magician on the ball, he had great vision in creating opportunities and was a threat in front of goal. Scored 120 goals in 423 apperances, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups in his 11 years.

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Fantasy Premier League tips: Liverpool's Mo Salah only an alternative captain and a Man City bargain to consider

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Like Double Gameweek 34, this round is just as crucial in the Fantasy Premier League but while its predecessor featured a whopping 14 fixtures, this one serves up just six.

Premier League big-hitters Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are out of the equation for gameweek 35 but Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City are all in action and enjoy relatively comfortable encounters as well.

If you haven’t played your Free Hit chip just yet, this is the ideal time to do so but there is an argument to use it in double gameweek 37 as well.

When playing the Free Hit though, it’s important to take full advantage, bringing in the cheapest players on your bench in order to get the most value from your starting XI.

Keeping that in mind, here are some of the assets to consider in gameweek 35.

CAPTAIN – GABRIEL JESUS | MANCHESTER CITY |10.1M

Romelu Lukaku was entrusted with the armband last time out and while he blanked in the first of United’s two games and was benched for the second, he did come on and score to bag a total of eight points, doubling to 16.

This week, Gabriel Jesus will take over from the Belgian with Sergio Aguero’s injury assuring him of a start at home to Swansea.

The Brazilian has started three times since his return to action and has delivered returns in each, scoring twice and providing two assists.

Jesus scored a brace against the Swans in the same fixture last season.

Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus.

ALTERNATIVES

MOHAMED SALAH (10.6m) will likely start against West Brom as he looks to secure the Golden Boot but with the Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma to play on Tuesday, he probably won’t play the full 90. With six goals and an assist in his last three league outings, he may not need that long to get on the score sheet.

RAHEEM STERLING (8.7m) continues to impress with two goals and three assists in his last four outings. Swansea travel to an Etihad Stadium ready to celebrate the league title but haven’t lost their last six games on the road. The winger averages 2.7 shots per game, only Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane have registered higher.

BOLD CHOICE

LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (5.2m) has been in sensational form, scoring three goals and assisting twice in the last four gameweeks, registering 38 points in the process. With Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend leading the line for Crystal Palace, there’s always opportunities for the Eagles to be awarded penalties and Milivojevic has been lethal from the spot.

Luka Milivojevic

Luka Milivojevic.

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WILFRIED ZAHA  | CRYSTAL PALACE | 6.9M

Delivering attacking returns in each of the last three gameweeks, and a 14-point haul last time out against Brighton, Zaha is very much the man in form. He’s great value as well, as a midfielder playing up front often can be. The final four fixtures are attractive enough for Palace to compensate for them playing only once in gameweek 37.

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha.

ILKAY GUNDOGAN | MANCHESTER CITY | 5.4M

He’s a goal-scoring midfielder for the league champions, has bagged 18 points in the last two weeks and is available for just 5.4m. What?! With the World Cup around the corner, Ilkay Gundogan, who’s endured another season blighted by injury, is in desperate need of game time and with the title wrapped up, there’s no reason Pep Guardiola should deny him that.

Ilkay Gundogan

Ilkay Gundogan.

TWO OUTS

SERGIO AGUERO| MANCHESTER CITY | 11.6M

Nothing to debate here. He has a 12 per cent ownership at the time of writing and those FPL managers would do well to get rid of Sergio Aguero before his price falls further. Guardiola confirmed on Friday that the Argentine will need five weeks to recover from his knee injury, meaning he’s out for the rest of the season.

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero.

MARCOS ALONSO | CHELSEA | 7.2M

Not quite as straightforward but a retrospective three-match ban for a tackle on Shane Long means Marcos Alonso faces the axe as well. He’s already missed the Burnley game and Chelsea don’t play in gamewek 35 anyway. He will also miss the FA Cup semi-final so should be back for double gameweek 37. Given his price and form, it’s difficult to justify holding on to him until then though.

Marcos Alonso of Chelsea

Marcos Alonso.

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