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Arsenal Carabao Cup Final countdown: Pep Guardiola is ‘desperate to win’ says Manchester Evening News City expert Charlotte Duncker

PUBLISHED: 13:24 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 23 February 2018

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

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

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With Arsenal set to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Carbao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday Layth Yousif talked to Manchester Evening News football writer Charlotte Duncker who covers the Etihad outfit. Read on for her expert views.

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus scores his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus scores his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Manchester City will be looking to put the disappointment of the FA Cup defeat behind them and there’s no better way for them to do that then with victory at Wembley.

All talk of a quadruple is now off but the players will be determined to come out on top in the other three competitions. If anything the result against Wigan should spur them on to victory.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with teammate Leroy Sane during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with teammate Leroy Sane during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

From the team’s Guardiola’s selected so far in the competition he’s taken it seriously and it’s no surprise given he’s yet to win a trophy at City.

They’re nailed on to win the Premier League and it’s a case of when rather than if that’s going to happen but he’ll be desperate to get off the mark and clinch that first title, even if it is a trophy which is dismissed by many managers.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester in NovemberManchester City's Sergio Aguero scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester in November

Undoubtedly he’s going to play his strongest side with the exception of Bravo in net. Ederson’s clearly the better keeper but I think he’s going to stick with Bravo who’s played the rest of the competition.

Manchester City's David Silva against Arsenal at the Etihad in NovemberManchester City's David Silva against Arsenal at the Etihad in November

The only other decision he’s going to have to make is who to start at left back because both of his first choice options in Mendy and Delph are ruled out.

Manchester City and Arsenal players observe a minutes silence for Armistice Day during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester in NovemberManchester City and Arsenal players observe a minutes silence for Armistice Day during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester in November

The team I think will start against Arsenal will be:

Manchester City's Yaya Toure shows his dejection during the Emirates FA Cup, Semi Final match at Wembley Stadium, London as Arsenal beat City to reach the finalManchester City's Yaya Toure shows his dejection during the Emirates FA Cup, Semi Final match at Wembley Stadium, London as Arsenal beat City to reach the final

Bravo,

Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko

Fernadinho, Silva, KDB

Sterling, Aguero, Sane

Arsenal’s defence as a unit is what City will be targeting. Wenger’s side have looked good going forward, especially since the additions they made in the January transfer window but there’s been some very shaky defending from them this season.

Everyone knows how devastating City can be going forward and if they allow Kevin De Bruyne to run the show they really could be punished.

I predict a narrow City win.

Follow Manchester Evening News football writer Charlotte on Twitter @CharDuncker

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