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Carabao Cup Final - Match Preview

25th February 2018

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The first major piece of Silverware is up for grabs this Sunday as runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final.

The final on Sunday will give Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola the opportunity to secure his first trophy in English football after missing out on The FA Cup this season after their recent defeat against Wigan Athletic.

City will be making their third League Cup final appearance in five years and their sixth League Cup final in total. In their previous five finals, City have won the League Cup four times, only failing to do so in 1974.

For Arsenal, they will be hoping to put the memories of the 2011 final behind them, where they lost 2-1 to Birmingham City. The Gunners will take comfort in the fact that in their last three cup finals at Wembley they have walked away with the prize, FA cup's on those occasions. 

Pep Guardiola’s men come into this game having won four out of their last six games in all competitions whereas Arsenal have won three out of their last six, including a defeat against Ostersunds this past Thursday.

This is the first-ever meeting between these sides in a major final. Arsenal have won both previous meetings with Man City at Wembley - 3-0 in the 2014 Community Shield, and 2-1 in last season's FA Cup semi-final.

Team News

Aaron Ramsey could be back for the game at Wembley, having missed the last three games with a groin injury. Mesut Ozil is expected to be back after missing out through illness and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can play having been ineligible in the Europa League.

Alexandre Lacazette and Santi Cazorla will miss the final due to injury and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also misses out due to being cup-tied.

For Manchester City, Raheem Sterling is a doubt due to an unspecified muscle injury. Gabriel Jesus could feature as he makes his way back from a knee injury. Fabian Delph is suspended due to the red card he picked up against Wigan on Monday.

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