The Brazilian has barely played in this season but has reaffirmed his credentials when he has played.
heaped special praise on team captainFernandinho
after their 1-0 victory overArsenal
and said he has been so important for his side since day one.
Although Fernandinho has started just six games this season after picking up a number of injury problems, he is still very much an integral member of Pep Guardiola’s impressive Manchester City.
"What a game he played without the ball, winning duels," the Spaniard stated when asked about Fernandinho's performance in his post-match press conference.
"He has been injured and Rodri [has been] superb, but what a game he played today.
"I will always remember him. I have been together with him since day one and [he] has been so, so important."
Guardiola also hailed the midfielder's self-awareness, stating that his limited use as something of a cameo performer this term has only increased his impression and works to the player's advantage.
"He knows his body perfectly and knows what he has to do in each moment.," he added. "He knows when to talk, the rhythm we have to play. He is so clever in these terms. For 35, he plays just one game a week, it's perfect for him."