By Joe Bernstein for MailOnline
Published: 22:30 GMT, 14 December 2019 | Updated: 00:49 GMT, 15 December 2019
Fernandinho has insisted Manchester City's dodgy recent form isn't down to his positional change from the centre of midfield.
The 34-year-old Brazilian has been used as an emergency centre-half by Pep Guardiola to cover for the departure of Vincent Kompany and injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.
The experiment is set to continue at Arsenal on Sunday as the two-time champions attempt to start reducing the massive gap between them and leaders Liverpool.
Fernandinho has dismissed claims that his move into defence has hindered Manchester City
City have won only two of their last five league games, a drop in standards considering they amassed 198 points in their previous couple of seasons.
Fingers have been pointed at the midfield where they seemed to lack Fernandinho's energy in the derby defeat to Manchester United last weekend. But the player denies his absence there has weakened the team.
'The job you do at the back is so important as you help to defend and attack,' he says. 'The culture is that whoever scores goals gets the spotlight but it depends on everyone.
'You have to protect your defensive line and when you have the ball try to give to give players in front the ball to attack and create chances.