Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final and it’s likely that Arsene Wenger will put out his strongest side possible.
A win for City on Sunday will mean Pep Guardiola gets to lift his first piece of silverware with the club since he joined last season.
It will probably only be their first piece of silverware this season, with the Premier League title looking like a dead-cert at this stage.
Arsenal meanwhile are down in sixth but have enjoyed a solid League Cup run.
Wenger’s men have beaten Doncaster Rovers, Norwich City, West Ham and, more importantly, Chelsea to get to the final and, if they really turn it on, they could win…
They beat City in the FA Cup semi-final last term after all.
If Arsenal are going to beat City – a team who have only lost three times in total this season – Wenger’s going to have to put out the strongest starting XI possible. It’s the only option and hopefully a chance to salvage something from this horror show of a season.
“Because Manchester City are dominating the league, that is in the head of everybody and so maybe we are more underdogs than in the FA Cup semi-final last year,” said Wenger, reports Arsenal.com.
“So I agree that we are maybe underdogs, but we have to believe in our quality. The history, the fact we have done it before [against Man City last year], shows you ‘why not do it again?’.
“You must have enough belief to think you can do it, that on the day you manage to turn up with the right spirit and the right mentality, the right belief.
“In the final, everyone says you have to be motivated, but it is as well about finding the right balance between focus, motivation and being relaxed enough to play our game.
“That will be the target again: to have a belief but as well to find that right balance.”
Fortunately, it seems that Mesut Ozil, who’s been ill, and Aaron Ramsey should both be available for selection.
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