Man City player ratings: Man City 5-0 Arsenal
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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has suggested that the club did not need to sign Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting that his team do not need to play with a striker.
Pep Guardiola’s side thumped Arsenal 5-0 on Saturday in further evidence that the Spaniard’s squad is perfectly capable of challenging for trophies this summer.
There have been some suggestions that City had not strengthened as much as their rivals, despite spending £100million on Jack Grealish.
Chelsea and Manchester United have both enjoyed expensive summers and have added quality to their squad.
Guardiola wanted to sign a striker ahead of the season but ultimately missed out on Kane, with the striker revealing last week that he will remain at Tottenham beyond Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
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City reportedly then chased Ronaldo after it became clear that the legendary forward would leave Juventus. However, the 36-year-old has sensationally re-joined rivals United 12 years after leaving Old Trafford.
Gundogan, who scored the opening goal in the rout, has claimed that City can cope even if a recognised striker does not arrive before Tuesday.
“I’m not afraid of having no striker,” Gundogan said after the thrashing of the Gunners.
“We experienced a similar situation last season and we scored many goals. Also, in the beginning of this season, we’ve scored 10 goals in two games without playing a number nine.
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“It’s just something we need to accept now and try to make the best of. Once we got into dangerous situations, we were very much on it.”
Midfielder Rodri, who scored the fourth goal at the Etihad, has said that Spain team-mate Torres can shoulder the scoring responsibility.
The 21-year-old has quietly impressed when deployed in City’s forward line and his brace took his goals tally to 15 since arriving from Valencia last year.
“He can play striker, like many other players,” said Rodri. “He has the ability to run in behind, he has goals. He’s not a number nine, but he does things like a number nine.
“He moves into spaces, he can run and accept the ball. It’s interesting having him in this position and he was important today.
“We have the same squad that did so amazing last season. I don’t think we have to change much.
“We have lots of players that can play in lots of positions and that’s really good for us. It’s going to be the same as last season, where there are many goals from many players.
“As the manager says, the task of scoring goals is going to involve everyone. Everyone has to be involved if you have the opportunity to shoot.”
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