City were looking to catch Crystal Palace on the break late on in Sunday's 0-0 draw, with Ederson saving a Luka Milivojevic penalty just a few moments earlier.
First of all, Guardiola's squad is beginning to suffer from injuries and the absences of key players.
While the full extent of Jesus' injury was yet to be ascertained, Guardiola had suggested he could be out for "little more than a month".
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Guardiola said Jesus would be out for "maybe one month or two months" and that De Bruyne would be assessed on Monday, ahead of the league game against Watford.
But the fact is that if Wenger and the players really want Alexis to leave, then this could force Man City to put in a substantial bid to get the Chilean before the summer. and give Wenger a good fund towards bringing in a replacement.
"Not just the best players [need protecting], all the best players".
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Following the injury to Jesus and midfielder Kevin de Bruyne taking a knock on a late challenge in the same match, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola asked for more protection for players. There are more strong teams, the physicality, a lot of competitions and a lot of games.
There are then FA Cup and Carabao Cup ties against Burnley and Bristol City respectively before City travel to Liverpool on January 14. "Happy new year! 2018 is going to be my year!"
City have lost their last four league games at Anfield and have not claimed three points away to Liverpool since May 2003, so if any fixture is likely to trip them up and end their unbeaten record, it is that one.
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Yet after being so impressive for so long, the draw at Crystal Palace offered proof that City can be stopped.