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Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony are Man City players for now - Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has cast doubt over the futures of Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala after saying they remain Manchester City players "at the moment."

The pair were left out of the final preseason game against Arsenal in Gothenburg, just six days before City kick off their Premier League campaign.

Bony featured in City's two other preseason friendlies against Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund but stayed in Manchester over the weekend as Guardiola's side were beaten 3-2 by the Gunners.

The Ivorian striker has been linked with a move to Everton and Guardiola said he was left behind because he already had two strikers in the squad in Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Meanwhile, Mangala has only recently returned to full training after being part of the France squad that reached the Euro 2016 final along with Bacary Sagna, who did feature against Arsenal.

Guardiola told a news conference: "At the moment they are players for Manchester City of course, until what happens will be.

"Mangala, the same as Sagna, came in the last [few] days and Bony, of course he could come because he made a very good preseason. But the problem is with three strikers to come and maybe not play it's better to stay there and train -- that is the reason why [they were not in the squad].

"Bony is a really good guy and he's trained really good so I don't have any complaints about that." Guardiola's insisted he was largely happy with his side's performance despite the defeat just ahead of the Premier League opener against Sunderland on Saturday.

Aguero and Iheanacho scored for Guardiola, although they were less impressive at the back without a recognised centre-half starting the game and gifted the Gunners too many opportunities.

"I saw many things that I like a lot," Guardiola added. "Of course we made a few mistakes in our build-up part. Except for the second goal, which was the quality of the Arsenal players, the chances that we conceded were our mistakes, but that can happen.

"But I saw many things I like -- our pressing and our solidarity.

"I would have preferred to win the game for our confidence. If we would have won this game I wouldn't think 'OK we are ready.' We need time but of course now we start the season. Today the team gave me a lot of information and in a lot of cases it was good information."