Competition/Round: 2017-18 NOT THE CARABAO CUP, IT’S LEAGUE CUP Final
Man City injuries: Benjamin Mendy (out), Fabian Delph (suspended), Raheem Sterling (doubtful), Gabriel Jesus (doubtful)
Arsenal injuries: Santi Cazorla (out), Alexandre Lacazette (out), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (unavailable)
Date/Time: Sunday, February 25th, 2018, 4.30pm GMT (UK), 5.30pm WAT (Nigeria), 11.30am EST, 8.30am PST (USA), 10pm IST (India)
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
How to watch on TV: Sky Sports Football (UK), ESPN (USA), others
How to stream: Sky GO (UK), WatchESPN (USA)
Following a depressing night away to Wigan Athletic and a shocking FA Cup exit, Manchester City have the perfect opportunity to turn things around again: a chance at a trophy, at Wembley, against one of the best teams in the Premier League. The Blues face Arsenal on Sunday, and even though the NOT CARABAO CUP, IT’S LEAGUE CUP is not at the top of priorities for Pep Guardiola and his men, a trophy is a trophy and they want to win it.
In fact, winning this trophy has become very important. After the Wigan defeat, people have started asking questions about whether or not the decline is coming for a team that’s dominated England and Europe all season. Sunday gives City the perfect opportunity to prove that the Wigan loss was just a freakish outlier in what’s going to be an amazing season.
Plus, Arsenal have so far been the toughest opponent for Guardiola since he arrived in England, and winning a title against the Gunners will further prove how good this team is
Man City (4-3-3): Bravo; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané
Arsenal (4-3-3): Ospina; Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere; Özil, Aubameyang, Iwobi
I have absolutely no idea how to feel about this. First, I think we’ll be angry and hungry after Wigan and just smash Arsenal, then I think we’ll be affected by the defeat and will lose a second title in two weeks. It’s all about my mood, and as of this writing my mood is not great, so... 2-1 Arsenal. Sorry, y’all.