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Why David Silva has missed Manchester Citys clash with Arsenal

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David Silva is out of Manchester Citys clash with Arsenal. (Getty Images)

David Silva has missed Manchester Citys clash with Arsenal as he is not 100 per cent fit.

The 32-year-old played a key part of Citys Premier League title success under Pep Guardiola last season.

But the midfielder will be absent for the start of his sides title defence at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

According to El Chiringuito, Citys medical staff made the decision to rest Silva for the match on Saturday morning and the Spaniard did not travel with the rest of his teammates to London.

The report claims that Silvas injury is not severe and the midfielder could have featured, but City opted not to risk him due to their wealth of options in midfield.

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Instead, Guardiola has opted to start Bernardo Silva, while Riyad Mahrez starts on the left flank ahead of Leroy Sane, who only makes the substitutes bench.

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Also named as a sub is Kevin De Bruyne, who returned later from his holiday than some of his teammates as Belgium beat England in the third-place playoff at the World Cup last month.

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