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Wenger provides Cup final injury update on Arsenal trio

23 February 2018, 09:12 | Dan Bryan

Ostersunds striker Saman Ghoddos stood out for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the first leg

Ostersunds striker Saman Ghoddos

Welbeck's efforts typified a poor night for the hosts, and on this evidence these players will not have given Wenger any selection problems for Sunday's EFL Cup final at Wembley.

However, he has returned to training and Guardiola, chasing his first silverware for the club, revealed the 20-year-old is in contention to face the Gunners at Wembley.

Wenger has won seven of his 12 cup finals with Arsenal, but all of the last three.

Last season they finished fifth and Arsene Wenger's side are now being left behind in sixth spot as they prepare to face runaway Premier League leaders City at Wembley.

The Wales worldwide picked up an untimely injury on the back of netting a hat-trick in the 5-1 win against Everton on February 3, missing his side's last three matches since then.

Martin added: "Arsenal and Leeds had already built up a fierce rivalry over recent seasons as the Arsenal players under Bertie Mee and Don Howe had learned to "look after themselves" after having to contend with some seriously risky play from Revie's thugs".

Arsène Wenger is the most successful manager in FA Cup history yet by one measure he has the worst managerial record in the other main domestic cup competition.

Still, while it may be deemed admirable to allow a man of Wenger's esteem to set his own exit date, there will be some Arsenal supporters who will point to a lack of pressure to perform and subsequent complacency showcased by the team.

"We have to lift titles".

City spectacularly crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of minnows Wigan in midweek, ending their hopes of a FA Cup/League Cup/English Premier League/Champions League quadruple. It can mean more if you go on a long run and a far more popular draw.

No manager has overseen as many League Cup campaigns as a top-flight manager without ever lifting the trophy as Wenger (21 before this season, all with Arsenal). What many thought would be a formality against the Swedish minnows turned out to be anything but, with Ostersunds inflicting a humiliating 2-1 defeat on the Gunners.

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The Gunners won the first leg 3-0 but one of football's great shocks looked possible at half-time after the visitors struck two goals in 70 seconds.

Days before the final, Wembley's famously flawless pitch was ruined when, incredibly, the Horse of the Year show was held on the turf days before with City boss Joe Mercer describing it as "a pig of the pitch".

We'll play with all the regular players.

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Jamie Hopcutt, whose last English club was Tadcaster Albion, had an early shot blocked and Sema forced a save from David Ospina at his near post.

Predicted line-ups according to the London Evening Standard.

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He said: "I think he has done much better than I have and he's knowing very well what to do".

Let's start with an article by Sky Sports' Nick Wright, who believes the improvements City have made under Pep Guardiola have been significant. A few were rested, they are all alright. "If they play with the same performance level they are used to, there is no drama [for them] for sure". Just as Ferguson tried to make himself a factor in officials' decisions so too Guardiola, whose public condemnation was followed by City arranging a meeting with the Premier League referees' body regarding the matter.

Asked about Jesus' chances of being involved, City boss Pep Guardiola replied: "We will see".

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