The first silverware of the year in English Football is finally up for grabs. It might not be the most prestigious trophy but it is a final both teams will be desperate to win.
Guardiola will be looking to win his first trophy with Manchester City and recover from the shock defeat to league one Wigan in the FA Cup. They will be favourites for the final at Wembley on Sunday after storming away in the league and proving themselves to be one of the best teams in Europe.
The underdog label has worked in Arsenal’s favour before as the 2017 FA Cup final springs to mind. No one expected them to beat Chelsea but an inspired performance gave them the win. However, Arsenal’s tendancy to go from moments of brilliance to moments of madness means you never know what your going to get.
There’s no doubt City will be back to their best and which Arsenal decides to show up will shape what could be a one sided embarrassment or a competitive spectacle of free flowing attractive football.
With lacazette out injured Aubamayang is set to lead the attack and he will be hoping to add to his debut goal against Everton. Another guaranteed starter is Ospina who is set to continue in net after playing every game in the competition so far.
Ramsey faces a late fitness test to be included in the squad but Ozil should be fine to start after recovering from an illness. With Mkhitaryan cup tied and unable to play Wenger will have some decisions to make in Midfield.
Gabriel Jesus could be back in the squad for the first time this year after resuming training this week. Bravo will continue between the posts and with Delph suspended and Mendy’s long term injury Danilo or Zinchenko is set to fill in at left back.
Guardiola’s only other injury concern for the final is Sterling who sustained a muscle injury in the win against Basel.
As it’s the first prediction of the blog I’m going to go for a bold prediction and hope that is pays off.
Arsenal 3-2 Manchester City