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Arsene Wenger speaks ahead of Carabao Cup Final

25 February 2018, 11:34 | Randolph Howard

Arsene Wenger speaks ahead of Carabao Cup Final

Arsene Wenger speaks ahead of Carabao Cup Final

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left) and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

England forward Sterling, who is struggling with a muscle injury and missed the Wigan match, will be assessed ahead of the final.

Everyone thought Chelsea would just turn up and beat Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final but the Gunners did well that day at Wembley, and often do at their neighbours Spurs' temporary home.

I am not so dramatic in the good moments when there are nice words about us, and I am also not so dramatic when you lose a game. In their previous nine trips for FA Cup semi-finals, finals and Community Shields, the Gunners have triumphed in all nine prompting Wenger to add: "The history and the fact we have done it before tells us: 'Why not do it again?'".

The Wigan defeat ended City's hopes of winning an unprecedented quadruple this season but the week would still end on a high if they succeed at Wembley.

On the positive side, striker Gabriel Jesus could come back into contention after close to two months out with a knee injury.

Who do you think will merge victorious in this Carabao Cup final?

Tottenham lost the League Cup final against Manchester United in 2009 but climbed from 14th to finish the season in eighth
Tottenham lost the League Cup final against Manchester United in 2009 but climbed from 14th to finish the season in eighth

He said Mesut Ozil was likely to play and he would make a decision on Aaron Ramsey on Saturday.

I actually feel sorry for him because he can do things that not many other players can do, but we tend to focus on what he can't do.

The report also claimed that Arsenal's £55m record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been spending the last two weeks working exclusively on his fitness, as he looks to recapture the sharpness that saw him become one of the most feared strikers in Bundesliga. The Catalan has never lost a final in normal time and has only lost one (a Copa Del Rey final defeat to Real Madrid in 2011) of the seven major finals he has managed.

Goalkeeper: The boss has already confirmed that David Ospina will keep his place in goal having played in every round en route to the final so Petr Cech will have to make-do with a place on the bench. It's a final. We are here to play these types of game, why be nervous?

Arsene Wenger's men earned a last-16 meeting with AC Milan via a 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds but Arsenal were sensationally humbled 2-1 in Friday's (AEDT) return leg at the Emirates Stadium.

"Sergio Aguero has been incredible, but sometimes you need to be fresh".

Only twice before has he netted in five consecutive games for Manchester City against a single opponent (Tottenham with a run ending in May 2015 and Sunderland in a run ending in March 2017).

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