We play Manchester City this weekend in the League Cup final just three days after we play our Europa League tie with Ostersunds. We play the Swedish outfit on Thursday night (20:05pm KO) at home and then kick off at our second home; Wembley at 4:30pm against Man City in the first final of this season’s hunt for silverware.
Manchester City were dumped out of the FA Cup last night by Wigan, but they’ll have three more days than us to prepare for the game. Luckily we are 3-0 up from the away leg in Ostersunds, so fingers crossed Arsene Wenger will be able to rotate the squad ahead of the final and still progress us to the last 16 of Europe’s premier European cup competition, bar none.
City are already running away with the Premier League and despite slipping up to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, there are still some good Premier League betting odds to be had as we move into the business end of the season with some big games still to come.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t be eligible for the Europa League tie as Dortmund are now in the competition, but the Gaboan will be in line for a place in the final against Man City, should he be selected. With Alexandre Lacazette sidelined following a surprise knee op, it looks likely the smiley African will start the game as we look to try and win the competition for the first time since 1993. The League Cup is a competition Arsene Wenger has never won during his Arsenal reign.
On the other hand, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the opposite, being eligible to play in the Europa League as his former side Manchester United are still in the Champions League, he is however cup-tied for the League Cup after featuring for United in the earlier rounds and their infamous, unceremonious exit at the hands of Bristol City.
It looks like we will wear an all red kit after it was deemed City’s white shorts and socks would clash with ours. We wore the all red ensemble against West Brom on New Years Eve and that turned out ok… well it would have if Mike Dean hadn’t spoilt our party giving the home side a nothing penalty for an apparent Calum Chambers handball.
More team news as we get it reader(s).