Arsenal v Man City in the Carabao Cup final is live on Sky Sports
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester goal machine face off against Arsene Wenger’s oft-maligned outfit for the first competitive silverware of the 2017/18 season next weekend.
Having conquered the Spanish and German leagues, winning every trophy available along the way, Pep Guardiola finally decided he was ready to bring his coaching mantra across the channel and joined Manchester City in the summer of 2016. The assurance of a blank cheque from City’s mega oil-rich owners allowing him to build the finest football team money can buy was also a pretty important factor.
His first season proved to be a damp squib with his side finishing trophy-less and trailing in fourth position overall in the race for the Premier League. After a huge summer overhaul and nearly £300m spent in the transfer window, this season has seen the realisation of his and the City owner’s grand plan. After 26 games in the league they’re 16 points clear with one defeat whilst playing a brand of dominant, attacking football not seen in a generation.
The first stage of what could be a historic quadruple trophy-winning season (Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League), takes place on 25 February (4.30pm kick-off) when City face Arsenal for the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
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However, most pundits would be wise not to write off their opponent’s challenge in this particular match-up. While Arsenal have looked incapable for quite a number of years at competing for the Premier League, Arsene Wenger’s team have still remained competitive in domestic cup competitions, winning three of the last four FA Cup finals including last year against a much-fancied Chelsea team.
Both sides' current form doesn’t give Arsenal fans much to cling to with their side recording three wins and three defeats in the last six games while their opponents have won five and drawn one, scoring 18 goals in the process.
Despite being significant underdogs going into the game, Arsene Wenger always brings a team to a cup final prepared to perform and play their own brand of football. Fans of both sides attending the game at Wembley should expect a real football treat with two teams more than capable of scoring goals.
If you’d prefer to watch from your front room, Sky Sports has exclusive live coverage of the final with the match available via their dedicated football subscription channel – Sky Sports Football, Sky channel 403.
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