Wenger confirms Ospina will start pair while Ozil, Ramsey miss out

Wenger confirms Ospina will start pair while Ozil, Ramsey miss out”

And it worked: United beat Ajax in the final to ensure they made it into this season's Champions League.

"Unfortunately, but if you see the table it's very hard for Arsenal to reach the top four".

Arsenal could be without Aaron Ramsey for their Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

The Wales global is back in training but faces a race against time to fully overcome a groin problem and face City, although Wenger is more confident Ozil will overcome the effects of a bout of illness. "I don't rule him out".

"Internal competition has raised as well the threat for everybody because the young players have always done well". We'll see how his evolution goes.

Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury. Hopefully, it won't matter which keeper plays in an Arsenal win.

Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck will nearly certainly lead the line despite a poor showing in the first leg with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible and Alexandre Lacazette injured.

Ramsey would have been a huge loss had it not been for the return to form of Jack Wilshere, who may well have found himself starting ahead of his Welsh counterpart even had he been fit.

Arsene Wenger has yet to win the League Cup. Peter Cziborra  Reuters
Arsene Wenger has yet to win the League Cup. Peter Cziborra Reuters

Ainsley Maitland-Niles could start again in the centre of midfield alongside Mohamed Elneny.

And that is set to continue as the Gunners prepare for a big week of football. The Englishman is likely to see his place in the line-up taken by Brazilian defender Danilo.

Arsenal have breezed through their Europa League campaign so far, while the Premier League has been a bit more of a struggle.

The League Cup is the only domestic trophy to elude Arsene Wenger in his near 22-year reign in north London and the Gunners have to go back to 1993 for the last time they won it. He'll be out for the next four to five weeks. Claudio Bravo was the hero, saving two spot-kicks to help his side win 4-1 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals. City have already beaten Arsenal in the Premier League this season, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero (penalty) and Gabriel Jesus giving the Citizens a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in November.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger got just what he wanted in the first leg, and the veteran coach can now rotate his options safe in the knowledge progression is all but assured.

"If you look at the results of Ostersunds in the Europa League, it's quite impressive, home and away", Wenger said.

Arsenal have won their last three matches in all competitions, and they have scored 11 goals in the process.

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