Absent Mahrez casts shadow but boss Puel calling for a united front

Champions-elect Manchester City looked strangely out of sorts during the first 45 minutes of their Premier League clash with Leicester City.

"I'm really happy personally because the goals are helping the team to win and obviously that's very important", Aguero said.

"Delph and Foden can play in that position but they're injured so that's why I couldn't move a lot".

"I wish for him to come back soon and play football because we enjoy watching him play", Guardiola said.

But the club have now announced that Mahrez is back training, saying in a statement: "Riyad Mahrez has today (Friday) returned to training with the Leicester City squad".

Puel accepted his player had faced a "difficult situation" and vowed the club would "help him come back with a smile".

Claude Puel introduced Mahrez from the bench to a chorus of ironic cheers just after the hour mark, giving him his first appearance since January 20.

"I was impressed in my training session with the quality we can put on the pitch", Puel added.

Although Arsenal fought to get on the scoreboard, they failed to make good on the chances they had toward the end of the match, suffering their eighth defeat this season.

Riyad Mahrez put in a transfer request to try to force through a transfer to the Etihad Stadium but after City refused to meet Leicester's valuation, the Algerian worldwide spent a week away from the training ground.

"Kevin is an wonderful player so it's good that he's playing with us", Aguero told Sky Sports. A fantastic and exciting challenge. It's hard to resist against this team.

"He came in and spoke to the lads on our own in the dressing room and that's it, we move on", Simpson told Sky Sports News. Manchester City will be at home for this game and that should mean even better things for the club.

This, again, was a majestic performance from the Premier League's stand-out player this term. It was a good response. But every great team has a flaw and for this City side, directness and a pacy forward line do the trick to ring alarm bells around their backline.

  • Angelo Rivera