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Boost for Arsenal as key Man City player ruled out of Premier League clash

Arsenal have been handed a minor lifeline as they prepare for their Premier League fixture against league leaders Manchester City.

The Gunners are a staggering 27 points behind the champions elect, and are actually closer on points to the bottom of the table than they are to the top, going into Thursday’s game at the Emirates.

They have already been humbled by this week by City, having being thumped 3-0 at the League Cup final on Sunday afternoon.

However, Arsenal’s hopes of taking some kind of revenge have been given a boost with the news that City will have to do without midfielder Fernandinho. The Brazilian has been ruled out with the hamstring injury that he picked up during Sundays victory at Wembley.

He hobbled off in the 52nd minute of the one-sided clash, with what scans would subsequently reveal was a hamstring injury.

“The initial prognosis suggests the problem isn’t serious,” City confirmed in a statement on their club website.

“No timescale has yet been set for his return but the Premier League game against the Gunners on Thursday will come too soon.”

Fernandinho has played in every one of City’s 27 league games so far this season, but his injury is likely to mean Ilkay Gundogan is deployed in a holding role alongside David Silva.

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