Sergio Aguero has been handed a four-game suspension following his dismissal in Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea at the weekend.
The Argentine international was shown a straight red after a dreadful late lunge on David Luiz, which in turn sparked a late melee between the two sets of players.
Fernandinho was also given his marching orders after pushing Cesc Fabregas over the advertising hoardings, although replays later showed that he was antagonised by the Spaniard who slapped him in the face.
Nevertheless, it was City and Pep Guardiola who were forced to count the cost of their dismal afternoon, and they will be without their top goalscorer for four games, as confirmed by Sky Sports.
Aguero will miss encounters with Leicester City, Watford, Arsenal and Hull City this month, handing Arsene Wenger a major boost as he won’t have to deal with a full-strength title rival.
Meanwhile, Fernandinho will also miss the first three of those games mentioned above but will return to face Hull on Boxing Day, while Nicolas Otamendi is out for a game after picking up his fifth caution of the season on Saturday.
However, while it will be good news for Arsenal as they look ahead to their Premier League title showdown with City, it isn’t so positive for Liverpool as Aguero will return from the ban in time to face Jurgen Klopp’s side.
With the frustration of potentially costing his side, the 28-year-old will undoubtedly have the bit between his teeth for that game, and so Liverpool may well have to deal with a more motivated Aguero than usual later this month as they look to try and solve their own defensive vulnerabilities which were badly exposed by Bournemouth at the weekend.