Guardiola's bid to buy Sanchez collapsed at the end of the summer transfer window and City were favourites to land him this time around but the club are apparently unwilling to meet Arsenal's reported £35 million ($48 million, 39 million euros) asking price.
He said: 'It's a great result for them, but I will be interested in seeing what Eddie Howe has to say, because I don't think they were at their best.
With a lot of speculation about his future as Arsenal coach lately, the long-serving mentor has shunned speculation he might be leaving the club this season.
Manchester United have no excuse for taking anything but three points from manager-less Stoke City.
If nothing else, United have to keep City honest in their pursuit of the league leaders. Russell acknowledged that his club's fight for Premier League survival will not be won or lost on Monday.
Sanchez's preference is to move to the Etihad and Guardiola remains keen to push the deal through this month with concerns about the strength in depth of his squad as they challenge for honours on four fronts.
First-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki is now in charge of affairs after Hughes' assistant Mark Bowen also left the club.
"As a professional, you'd have to say that the balance of power is starting to come back to an even keel nearly and then going City's way". Sane has in fact been far more creative than the Arsenal man too, being involved in five more goals despite playing 119 minutes less football.
One player seemingly out of Mourinho's good graces is Henrikh Mkhitaryan. And despite being Arsenal's most important player at the moment, he clearly doesn't want to be there. In-form Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will join him, while Juan Mata is expected to get the nod over Marcus Rashford on the right of the attack. "If Pep wants him again now, I am sure he is thinking I am going to go there the second time round and I am going to do it properly this time".
The Armenia star, who was one of Mourinho's first signings from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, could return to Signal Iduna Park, while reports have claimed the 28-year-old might be used in a swap deal for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.