Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both available for selection after the pair returned from their post-World Cup vacation in ‘perfect condition’ for Sunday’s match.

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“They are available,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash at the Emirates. “They arrived quite well.

“Raheem and Kevin had three weeks off after the World Cup, which is not too much time (for pre-season) but they both arrived in the perfect way.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City make a wall during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 25, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City make a wall during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 25, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“Sterling was fit after three or four days – he is not a big guy. (Maintaining) his physical condition is easy. Kevin arrived in the perfect way.”

Arsenal received their own double boost as both Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey both returned to training, although the former is likely to start on the bench with Ainsley Maitland-Niles playing at left-back.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal of Arsenal celebrate victory after the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 27: Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal of Arsenal celebrate victory after the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Both players missed the final games of Arsenal’s pre-season preparations through injury. Ramsey had to pull out of the Chelsea match after he injured his calf in the warm-up

Monreal was only ever scheduled to play in the final friendly in Sweden but ended up having to miss out as well due to a small knee problem.

Ramsey is expected to be involved.

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