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Bony blasts Pellegrini's bench call

By Mark Bryans

Wilfried Bony believes he should have started for Manchester City in their defeat at Premier League title rivals Arsenal on Monday.

The Ivory Coast striker had scored three in four games while City's talismanic forward Sergio Aguero was missing with a heel injury, but Aguero was declared fit ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium and came straight into a side that was then beaten 2-1 by the Gunners.

With manager Manuel Pellegrini's position already under increased speculation given Pep Guardiola's announcement he will be leaving Bayern Munich in the summer, City have now failed to win away in the Premier League since mid-September.

And Bony has heaped more pressure on his manager after claiming he should have been tasked with leading the line at Arsenal instead of coming on around the hour-mark as an ineffectual Aguero departed.

When asked if he deserved to be playing, the former Swansea forward said: "I think so.

"He (Aguero) is coming back from injury. He hasn't played for a couple of weeks. I'm disappointed today that I didn't start but I'm not the coach.

"The coach does what he thinks is best for the team. I'm sure everyone on the bench wants to play. He just has to choose 11 players.

"So when I come on I just try to do my best to try to score or to give an assist to the other players to score to help the team to win."

Bony (27), arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Swansea in January for a fee of £28million but has only started 10 league games in that time.

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