Man City fullback Walker relishing Carabao Cup final

Doug Mendoza
February 23, 2018

Kyle Walker will revert to his old instincts of the north London rivalry when Manchester City take on Arsenal in Sunday's EFL Cup final.

"They've mad some excellent signings in January which we need to be careful of, and we need to just say: "Let the best team win".

When asked about resting players, Wenger told the press: "I always try to find the team who can win the next game".

To qualify via the Premier League, however, they must make up an eight-point gap, plus a hefty goal difference deficit, and overtake at least two rivals over the remaining 11 games.

Walker has featured in all of the City's League Cup fixtures so far and is eager to renew his rivalry against Arsenal but has warned his teammates to be cautious of Arsene Wenger's strengthened squad.

Ospina has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season, 10 of which have come in cup competitions and the Europa League.

And Wenger is not about to change tack now, despite Arsenal having a meeting with Manchester City for the first piece of domestic silverware of the season.

Manchester City star Kyle Walker spent eight barren years at Tottenham
GETTY Manchester City star Kyle Walker spent eight barren years at Tottenham

The former West Brom, Stoke and Southampton defender said: "You need one of the biggest football miracles to go through, so we have nothing to lose".

"I will be there with the team supporting but I don't expect to play".

The England global was involved in the North London derby on numerous occasions as he played 229 matches for Tottenham in eight years at the club before sealing a move to Premier League rivals City in August.

Wenger, however, has been keen to give number two Ospina valuable game time in the Europa League and Carabao Cup and the same can be said of a few other fringe players at the Emirates. Since Monday, he was in bed.

"I would certainly have played him but because he was sick he will have to work hard tomorrow and he will not be involved".

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal's preferred route into the Champions League remains a top-four Premier League finish.

History tells us two things: The League Cup has always been a tournament of choice for City, right from the early 1970s, when West Brom were beaten on a cabbage-patch pitch to start the decade.

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