Pep Guardiola explains reason behind Fernandinho’s central defensive role against Arsenal

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that the urge to play another midfielder meant that Fernandinho was slotted into the central defensive role against Arsenal last weekend. The Brazil international was a surprise selection for the position but that did not hamper the Citizens’ performance as they romped to a comfortable 3-1 triumph.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola said that Fernandinho had no concerns after being asked to slot into the heart of the backline. He added that he was impressed with the showing of Ilkay Gundogan of late and the urge to play him alongside other midfielders meant that Fernandinho had to drop deeper to partner Nicolas Otamendi in central defence.

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