With Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane transfer requests, Pep Guardiola proved to be correct.

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With Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane transfer requests, Pep Guardiola proved to be correct.

Pep Guardiola was proven correct with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane transfer requests.

The city made the correct option in not overpaying.

Manchester City have already missed out on signings of Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, but Pep Guardiola’s choice appears to have been the right one, as the Citizens continue to struggle without a permanent No. 9.

Manchester City thrashed Arsenal 5-0 at the Etihad on Saturday, with Pep Guardiola’s attackers putting on a show despite the fact that they are still without a permanent no.9, but the manner of the win proved the Spaniard was correct in calling off the club’s pursuits of Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ilkay Gundogan nodded home from close range after a superb Gabriel Jesus cross to put City ahead after only seven minutes.

Ferran Torres, City’s most central forward, made it 2-0 just five minutes later, giving Arteta’s team a mountain to climb.

After a well-executed team play, Jesus scored his own goal later in the first half, sliding past Bernd Leno.

Rodri scored the game’s first goal in the second half, shooting his effort into the bottom-right corner from just outside the area, and Torres added his second five minutes later, heading in City’s second goal.

City’s victory put a positive spin on a dreadful week that includes failed deals for Kane and Ronaldo. Guardiola, on the other hand, may be feeling better about his decision not to buy a striker after the game.

Kane seems to be a case of when, not if, he will join Manchester City this summer, after making it clear that he intends to leave Tottenham.

However, because City were hesitant to meet Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s £150 million asking price and pay over the odds, Guardiola turned his attention to Ronaldo, and the deal appeared to be done.

Manchester United raced in to hijack the deal because City were unwilling to spend £25 million for a player who would turn 37 in February, but Guardiola’s decision was proven accurate with a 5-0 victory over Arsenal at home on Saturday.

City have a near-perfect squad, but the lack of a natural no.9 has been a source of concern since Sergio Aguero’s decline and subsequent departure, but Guardiola’s side can get by without one for now.

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