Manchester City's newly-crowned record goalscorer Sergio Aguero was on the mark again, as his second-half penalty helped the Premier League leaders beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Sead Kolasinac passed a late fitness test, shaking off a hip injury he picked up against Swansea a week ago to make the starting eleven.
'They tell me it was offside and I don't like to win in that way, so it's like this, but sometimes Arsenal win in Burnley 0-1 with a hand, so sometimes it is like this.
If you're Manchester United, or Tottenham, I'd be looking towards that game in December thinking they can be no worse off going into that game than they are now.
Those games, on December 10 and December 16, against the two teams closest to them, they have to be thinking they need to be six to eight points behind them and no more.
Earlier when City boss Guardiola was asked his views on Sanchez in Spanish by an Iberian journalist Guardiola pointedly replied in English saying emphatically: "He's a top class player".
"Shkodran Mustafi, who injured himself on international duty in October, and Danny Welbeck, who damaged his groin in the 2-1 defeat to Watford, are both expected to be back after the international break". "He is a very strong character, and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well and we hope to have him back soon".
Meanwhile, Guardiola said Arsenal should not be ruled out as title rivals with the Gunners having the opportunity to cut their gap on City to six points with a win at the Etihad Stadium.
Plenty of views from the other side of the fence this morning as the national media focus on how Arsenal might approach today's game at the Etihad.
"We are used to it when we come here", Wenger said of decisions against his team.
An unstoppable Manchester City will host a formidable opponent in Arsenal while an underwhelming Chelsea will travel to an inconsistent Manchester United.
Fernandinho has been a key player for the club.
But ahead of an encounter with Arsene Wenger's side that promises to be another feast of attacking football, Guardiola took time to praise a vital defensive cog in his side. The upshot, though, is that the referees can work all they like but, on the stark evidence presented this year and last, Arsenal's level is also dropping.
"Bayern Munich won the treble with Jupp Heynckes [in 2012-13] - a top team in Europe and that is the only treble in their history, even in the era of [Franz] Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness and [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge".