The Belgium midfielder's injury is not as bad as first feared but Guardiola said he was unlikely to be ready to face Watford at the Etihad tomorrow morning (Singapore time), according to AFP.
But the fact is that if Wenger and the players really want Alexis to leave, then this could force Man City to put in a substantial bid to get the Chilean before the summer. and give Wenger a good fund towards bringing in a replacement.
In England, Arsenal fans are about to lose their biggest two stars, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who refused to renew their contracts with the club.
"I admire the physicality in the Premier League but the referees have to protect the players", said the Catalan.
"I have spoken many times about that". They focus on diving, on these kind of things.
United allowed a 14-point lead in December 1993 to be completely erased by Blackburn by April 1994, but the Old Trafford outfit recovered to win the title that season regardless and City now have such a cushion that it would take a huge collapse, and a long winning run by Chelsea or United, for them to finish anywhere but top.
Pep Guardiola expects Alexis Sanchez to remain at Arsenal in January despite the Manchester City coach predicting Gabriel Jesus will be out for up to two months.
Asked after the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace whether he was planning a move for Sanchez, he explained: "He is a player from Arsenal and I think he is going to stay at Arsenal".
The Chilean global has six months left on his contract and has decided against signing a new deal at the Emirates. In terms of what happens, we will have meetings and see what is best. Watford are on a terrible run of form, winning just one of their last eight league games and racking up four points out of a possible 24.