Wenger insists Arsenal can still make top four

Arsenal are in the driving seat heading into their second-leg tie against Swedish side Östersunds FK in the Europa League round of 32.

The Nigeria worldwide, who recently starred with a brace against Argentina, spoke exclusively with Soccer Laduma ahead of the upcoming Carabao Cup final against City. We'll see how his evolution goes. We had no ideas with the ball and that's why we were in trouble. So we have to see how he responds to it today.

Unless the Gunners win the UEFA Europa League this season, finishing in a spot to qualify for the Champions League next year looks likely to be a big challenge.

Ramsey will be able to prove his fitness on Saturday, and it seems the players rested against Ostersunds, including Mesut Ozil, are in line to play against City.

Wenger, who confirmed David Ospina would play in goal, said of Ramsey: "He's not in the squad tomorrow".

Ostersunds attempted five shots on target in the first game, as compared to Arsenal's six. That opens the door for some others to play, and perhaps show their manager they can push for the first team.

"We know to beat them we have to be at a different level, different focus and different quality of performance". With the Allsvenskan not resuming until the first of April, this is also a good chance to pick up competitive minutes.

On the downside, they were eliminated from the FA Cup fifth round by League One side Wigan Athletic yesterday.

Potter also joins a select club as only the sixth English manager to win a game at the Emirates, along with Alan Curbishley, Phil Brown, Harry Redknapp, Michael Appleton and Garry Monk.

"Both teams play great football".

"At 2-0 we thought we had a chance".

"You want all of your best players available and of course he is an important player for us".

Kolasinac hasn't started a game since December and the return to a back four seems to have ensured he remains second fiddle, at least, to Monreal. We always need new ideas to take football in the right direction.

The Gunners have lost only once at home in all competitions this season.

Pep Guardiola's side are strong favourites, with the Citizens having brushed aside nearly everyone this season, including the Gunners in the Premier League.

At the heart of the Arsenal defence, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers should combine once again.

This incidentally will be the first ever occasion that Manchester City and Arsenal have locked horns in a major final.

  • Julie Sanders