Joao Cancelo starts for Man City against Arsenal just days after being attacked by four 'cowardly' burglars in own home

MANCHESTER CITY star Joao Cancelo has been named in the starting line-up against Arsenal just days after his horrific robbery ordeal.

Cancelo revealed on Thursday that he and his family were the subjects of a brutal burglary, which left him with a big gash above his right eyebrow.

The full-back shared details of the terrifying incident with his 2 million Instagram followers and said he attempted to fight off FOUR thugs who broke into his home.

Cancelo posted: "Unfortunately today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family.

"When you show resistance this is what happens. They managed to take all my jewellery and leave me with my face in this state.

"I don't know how there are people with such meanness. The most important thing for me is my family and luckily they are all OK.

"And I after so many obstacles in my life, this is just one more that I will overcome. Firm and strong, like always."

But that wasn't enough to keep Cancelo sidelined as City manager Pep Guardiola decided to start him against Arsenal.

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Manchester City star Joao Cancelo endured a horrible burglary that left him with a gash over his eyebrow

The Portugal international has been among the Citizens' most impressive performers amid the club's bid to retain the Premier League title.

Guardiola said in his pre-match interview: "It was a real tough moment for him and the family. all the family was there.

"Unfortunately it happened but he feels good, his family is good and he said he was ready to play."

Police are investigating the incident and the reigning Prem champions issued a stern statement.

It read: "We are shocked and appalled that Joao Cancelo and his family were subjected to a burglary at their home this evening during which Joao was also assaulted.

"Joao and his family are being supported by the club and he is helping the police with their enquiries as they investigate this very serious matter."

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