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Manchester City round-up: City keen on Arsenal midfielder; Guardiola reflects on crazy night; Stones’ honest assessment of Monaco

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Manchester City round-up: City keen on Arsenal midfielder; Guardiola reflects on crazy night; Stones’ honest assessment of Monaco

According to reports in The Mirror this morning, Manchester City have turned their interest to Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of a potential summer move.

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Pep Guardiola has allegedly been an admirer of the 23-year-old for a while now, but the report suggests that City may have to beat off competition from Ronald Koeman’s Everton side.

Oxlade-Chamberlain only has a year left on his current contract at Arsenal when the season comes to an end, and it is believed his lack of regular football could tempt him away from the Emirates.

The midfielder has already revealed that he may look at potential new clubs once the season finishes, and Manchester City and Everton look to be the front-runners at present.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reflected on a thrilling night of Champions League football, saying it will be “impossible” for the Blues to progress if they don’t score in Monaco.

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The Etihad played host to a topsy-turvy first-leg encounter on Tuesday as City twice came from behind to see off the challenge of French side Monaco 5-3 and take a priceless lead into the return fixture.

Speaking after the match, the Spaniard urged his side continue attacking in the reverse tie.

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“We are going to fly to Monaco to score as many goals as possible.

“That is my target. It is impossible to progress if we don’t score a goal.

“We will have to defend better but we will have our chances, I am pretty sure of that.”

Two goals from Sergio Aguero, a late effort from Leroy Sane and Willy Caballero’s penalty save ensured that Guardiola’s side take a precious two-goal lead to Monaco on March 15.

Manchester City defender John Stones has said that there’s a lot of work to be done defensively despite helping his side to a vital win at the Etihad.

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The former Everton man scored City’s fourth on an absorbing night in Manchester but he was once again found out defensively, given a torrid time by Monaco’s Radamel Falcao all game.

Falcao, once of Manchester United and Chelsea, turned Stones inside-out before sublimely lofting the ball over the onrushing Caballero as Monaco threatened a surprise result.

Talking to the Manchester Evening News post-match, Stones said:

“I thought the three we conceded from a personal point of view is one of the things we need to work on.

“We showed great team spirit and desire and great goals from us too. I thought we created so much and maybe could have had a few penalties too.

“I was thrilled to bits to score. I thought I needed to make amends after what happened at the other end.”

Stones’ goal was his second since his arrival from Goodison Park over the summer, adding to his effort against West Ham in the FA Cup third round in January.

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