"This game belongs to the players" Wenger downplays Guardiola success

Gladys Abbott
February 24, 2018

Yet this final is just as important for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. "It is the third training session for Gabriel and every day is better", said the City boss, who saw his side's quadruple dreams ended by an FA Cup fifth-round defeat at the hands of League One Wigan earlier this week. City's predicament reminds me of Arsenal's Invincibles season in 2003-04.

"The team is stable, it's been stable all season".

Arsenal, whose FA Cup title last season included a semi-final victory over Manchester City, have reached a cup final in each of their last four seasons and Wenger is hopeful his side can be the team to cause a surprise against Premier League leaders City at Wembley, live on Sky Sports Football. I understand them and respect them a lot but we are here for Claudio. We are involved in three. It proved to be a test of our character and Thierry Henry completed his hat-trick to seal a 4-2 win.

Guardiola spoke after Sane picked up an injury in the challenge from Bennett in an FA Cup tie last month and called for players to be better protected.

"They are very hard to win", said Wenger. Now Wigan have blown that out of the water.

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The England worldwide missed the match against Wigan and could miss Sunday's final. "But it's the league title and the (lack of) challenge for the league title that people are becoming frustrated with". "We want to win it, we want our fans to go home happy". If they can not, Wenger will be ready to exploit any weakness. Like City, Arsenal will also field their number two in goal with David Ospina set to start the game.

"Look, when you get to a final, you want to win it", he said.

However, asked if Guardiola had raised the bar, Wenger played down the 47-year-old's impact.

During our Double season, Alex Manninger came in for six games to replace the injured David Seaman and kept a clean sheet in each. They need that same spirit and mentality on Sunday.

Kevin De Bruyne received similar treatment from Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace while youngster Brahim Diaz was hit by a knee-high challenge from West Brom's Matt Phillips - with both opposing players picking up bookings as a result.

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