De Bruyne was withdrawn during the second half of Belgium’s 2-1 defeat to England and subsequently left the squad, prompting rumours that City had demanded Belgian boss Roberto Martinez release the midfielder in order for him to be fit to face the Gunners, a claim that was denied by the former Premier League manager.
However, Guardiola confirmed on Friday that de Bruyne would miss Saturday’s clash and stated they are taking things ‘day by day,’ but wouldn’t put a timescale on how long he would be out for.
“Unfortunately Kevin is out but the rest of the players they have come back well,” Guardiola said. “I don’t think it’s much but the next games I think he will be out. But we’ll see day-by-day how it’s going on.”
The blues are already without Gabriel Jesus, but Sergio Aguero could return to the team after returning to training, with Guardiola saying he was “happy to see him back on the pitch after a long, long time.”