Man City Look For Their First Trophy Under Guardiola

Arsene Wenger rates Mesut Ozil's chances of facing Manchester City

Mesut Ozil has been suffering with an illness

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said players do not need extra protection from referees after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola called for renewed vigilance from officials.

It is a freaky quirk of this cup run that Arsenal will have played against former or current Manchester City reserve 'keepers in every round of the competition: Doncaster's Ian Lawlor, Norwich's Angus Gunn, West Ham's Joe Hart, Chelsea's Willy Caballero and - finally in City colours - Ederson's back-up man, Claudio Bravo. While we have tipped Arsenal to win, this match should go beyond regulation time.

"You want to win it". It's a final. We are here to play these types of game, why be nervous? I always try to do my best. Against Wigan we did not have regrets.

He told the Sunday Times : "I spoke with Arsene for a few hours during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil".

"I think in football it's a big mistake to think what might happen in the next three years". I was very happy that Liverpool won the game.

Should Ramsey be fit, expect to see him alongside Granit Xhaka in the midfield area. Mesut Ozil has suffered with illness in the week but should make the final and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line as Alexandre Lacazette is injured.

Striker Gabriel Jesus (knee) could come into contention after nearly two months out but a change will be required at left-back with Fabian Delph suspended. The Spaniard says he has "other options", which could mean either Danilo or Oleksandr Zinchenko starting.

Raheem Sterling is also a doubt for the game as he has a muscle problem, per Goal's Sam Lee.

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The Gunners have beaten Doncaster Rovers, Norwich City, West Ham United and Chelsea to reach the final, and victory over City would salvage a season that has not gone to plan.

Whilst both have shown they have the ability to perform at the highest level in previous seasons, this season has thrown up new questions about the two.

City will be making their sixth appearance in the League Cup final, and third in the last five seasons.

City's hopes of an unprecedented quadruple were ended last Monday after an FA Cup fifth-round defeat to League One Wigan Athletic.

"Arsenal may play a cautious game and play two holding midfield players". The Catalan has never lost a final in normal time and has only lost one (a Copa Del Rey final defeat to Real Madrid in 2011) of the seven major finals he has managed.

The Carabao Cup is the poor relation of English football, the competition toward which most teams direct the least of their energy.

In just his second season in charge, the Gunners captured their second League and Cup double of their history. And as Arsenal now brace to go up against Guardiola's Manchester City side, a repeat of the same dominating performance in the middle of the park could make him the promised prince again.

Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last four appearances against Arsenal in all competitions (4 goals in total).

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