Arsenal face a massive test on Sunday as they travel to Wembley to play against Premier League behemoth Manchester City in the EFL Cup final. Both sides will feel they can win the contest, but Pep Guardiola’s men will be favourites, and rightly so.
The Gunners have been poor this season in comparison to their next opponents as they sit 27 points short of City with just 11 games of the season left. In Europe, City have been outstanding in the Champions League, while Arsenal have had to settle for the Europa League.
All of their frustrations with how inferior they have been could be a major push in their game against the champions-elect.
Arsene Wenger will want to see his side do everything they can to defeat Guardiola’s men, but the manager himself has a huge call to make, and it revolves around the midfield.
Too often has Arsenal’s defence been exposed to the attacking talents of their opponents. Their backline has been well under-par this season, but they have not been helped by a lack of cover in midfield, with Wenger’s selections leaning towards attacking and not defending.
Against City, Wenger needs to utilise more-defensive minded players instead which will give them more cover against an attack that has been scintillating this year. Arsenal’s defence has been questionable for years, and when they are not given ample support, they collapse. The likes of Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny will play a vital role in this game, and if Wenger chooses to play a more defensive duo in midfield, Arsenal may yet stand a chance of winning the first silverware of the campaign.