Back three, Ramsey starts: Arsenal v Man City team news

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It’s Arsenal v Man City in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley this afternoon.

It’s a trophy Arsene Wenger has never won, but we have lost two finals so let’s hope it’s third time lucky.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang

Subs: Cech, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck

Man City: Bravo, Walker, Kompany (c), Otamendi, Danilo, Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero

Subs: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Foden, Jesus

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Lack of Perspective
Lack of Perspective

I like it

Cdm995
Cdm995

It’s a bit different isn’t it.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Lots of defenders and midfielders

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

That said Ramsey mostly plays in attack anyway so …

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Likewise, exciting. It’s pretty much our best (fit) eleven. COYG!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I legit feel terrified of their lineup. Who had thought even ten years ago, Man City could ever be so intimidating

Yellow Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon

The good thing is Bravo is in goal instead of Ederson.. which is great! But hey..! This is the final and there has got to be no fear at all! Whoever is better on the day..wins! Simple as that!
We have got to play without any handbrakes on which is extremely important! Can’t be intimidated. Come on ya Gunners!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Sterling is missing too

gunnerdaremkd
gunnerdaremkd

that is a bif plus sterling always manages to score against .

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

He’s been on fire this season

Gooner Mac
Gooner Mac

COYG!!!!!!

Monreal to score first!

ronaldo
ronaldo

he,s our top scorer, aint he

Sheffield Gooner
Sheffield Gooner

I want this.

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

Shocking bench

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Could be worse. Anyway it’s what we’ve got.

Laca is injured and Mhiki is cup tied.

yen
yen

Ah, Ramsey the finale maestro. Hopefully someone fills Giroud’s shoes and assists him.

Goat
Goat

it could be a back four, with chambers as a dm, no?

Shitbird
Shitbird

Recurring Arsenal fanbase trope number 45: Just imagine how great defender X would be if Wenger would just use him as a DM.

It never gets old.

Orion
Orion

Or maybe the guy just remembers Wenger once saying Chambers could play DM. And then also remembering Wenger often plays people out of position.

However unlikely, it’s not ridiculous to question it.

Damobot
Damobot

Weird to have chambers there but I think the best system is three at the back because at least we won’t have a three Man city attackers against our 2 centre back defenders and get caught out as usual. Mind you that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to score fro our silly mistakes.

Bob davis

Looks good. Ramsey always turns up in the cup finals. Sterling not playing which is great news as he goes down quicker than Pochettino’s mum!

COYG!

carter
carter

5 thumbs up from me!

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

argh why Chambers? I’d prefer shifting Monreal
to CB and bringing on Kola at LB

Shitbird
Shitbird

Kola is perhaps being held in reserve so he can continue to save our proverbial bacon in the EL.

yen
yen

Nah, Wenger just doesn’t rate Kolasinac.

Greg
Greg

Chambers? Rewarding those great recent performances

James
James

Xhaka ffs.

shokim
shokim

I smell a win. Want to win this one so bad.

Pat
Pat

No width, not sure how this will work

TOGooner
TOGooner

Reading through City’s line-up, the only thing I have left to say is Jesus…

IndieGooner
IndieGooner

He’s still injured, ain’t he?

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

I’m worried about the on-pitch footballing relationships with this XI. I don’t think we’ve played that midfield ever, but it does look promising on paper.

Getso+gunner
Getso+gunner

This Mancity team is beatable, please beat them gunners

Caj
Caj

Where’s Miki ???

Rochester
Rochester

Cup tied

Voldermort
Voldermort

thought i had seen it all in terms of bad defending at this club that that was the worst I’ve ever seen, what a joke

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I dunno I think we’ve topped that on a few occasions

Not doing too bad to be fair, aside from that

Dial square
Dial square

Give it time mate

ramgooner
ramgooner

Need Welbeck in there to support Auba. Maybe take off Xhaka and let Wilshere play holding mid??

Voldermort
Voldermort

the sight of xhaka and ramsey just walking about for that 3 rd goal has done it for me, fuck wenger and fuck the shit players he has bought. Disgraceful and embarrassing

David C
David C

our players (Mustafi on the goal) need to stop whinging and looking for the ref to win the game for them…

Made Arsenal Great Again
Made Arsenal Great Again

There is a reason the team was willing to let Mustafi go after one season. He loses concentration far too often and it takes away from his positive qualities

me 2
me 2

Win, lose or draw.
Win the cup or don’t win it.
Win the Europa League or don’t win it.
Finish 1st, 6th or 18th
Wenger will still be in a job.
Because he has been loyal to Arsenal.
Because he turned down some big clubs to stay at Arsenal.
Or may be he stayed at Arsenal because those big clubs would demand success and reward failure with the sack.
Thank you Mr Wenger.
Perhaps you stayed because you could pick up £8 million a year for being an unambitious, tactically predictable old coot.
It just staggers me.
That an employee could have so much sway at the club.
Then again its easier to bury your head and pretend everything is going well if the money is rolling in.
Not sure it will if we fail to qualify for Europe though.
A once great club slowly going down the toilet…

Caj
Caj

And that’s that !!!!

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

What a predictable shower of shit lmao
No grit or fight in that team whatsoever, just a bunch of overpaid jessies

baz00r
baz00r

Have we even had a shot on target?

Caj
Caj

Oh FFS !! Danny wellwide is on.

Qwekumalhi
Qwekumalhi

I’m just tired. This isnt worth it anymore. We done!

nick
nick

it was the league cap but still, what a steaming pile of crap

Sean Juba
Sean Juba

Well that was a shambles. An embarrassment. Turgid spineless and truly fucking awful. Thanks for the memories Wenger but they are fading fast and you are turning our club into a fucking joke. leave!!!!

Barry
Barry

Shit!