Well, last night didn’t go to plan did it, but hey we still qualified for the next round in the Europa League and we’ve got bigger fish to fry this week.
Sunday sees us make the short trip to Wembley yet again as we face Manchester City in the League Cup, a trophy we’re yet to win under Arsene Wenger.
We’ve come close against Chelsea who took us to extra time in 2007 and Birmingham who stole the win in the dying seconds in 2011 but we just haven’t turned up in this competition overall under Wenger.
Along with the cup final losses we’ve seen Arsenal lose to opposition like Bradford and Sheffield Wednesday in the competition, but this year has been a little different. Well in the League Cup at least.
First off, we had to overcome Doncaster Rovers which at first glance looked like it could have ended in an upset similar to the ones mentioned above but of course we triumphed just 1-0 at The Emirates instead.
Next, we welcomed Norwich to North London where we came closest to an upset. Jacob Murphy put the Canaries ahead before Eddie Nketiah’s famous introduction stole the show as he scored twice to grab the win for us.
Our first Premier League opposition came in the shape of West Ham in the quarter-finals. It wasn’t the best of matches, but a goal bundled home was enough to secure our place in the semis.
Then was a two-legged tie with Chelsea which at first seems like a scary draw for Arsenal but with the Blues only winning one of their last six games against us under Antonio Conte, we went into the semis with confidence.
We saw this in the manner that we shut them out at the Bridge and then weathered an early storm at The Emirates before showing them how its done with a very disciplined performance for the most part with a 2-1 win.
Where that leaves us is our 11th trip to Wembley in four years, with our only loss in that time coming a couple of weeks ago against Tottenham.
However, even with our last trip here ending a loss we should still feel like this is our second home.
Of our last ten games at Wembley we’ve come out on top nine times including two wins against Manchester City.
One win came in the 2014 Community Shield with the other, more meaningful win coming in last season’s F.A. Cup semi-final where we came from behind to ensure Pep Guardiola would have a trophy-less first season in England.
Even with City’s incredible run this season though, League 1 Wigan have shown that they can still be beaten when the time is right.
Furthermore, in our league game against Guardiola’s side we began to put them on the backfoot for a while before an offside goal killed off the game.
So, with all this in mind I feel confident going into Sunday’s game, yes even though we just lost to Ostersunds, but another thing that gives me encouragement is that we’ll more than likely see a completely different side.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be leading the line where he could have some joy and Aaron Ramsey will be back in contention as will Mesut Ozil, however, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ineligible.
So, come Sunday, lets show Guardiola that lightning can strike twice and inflict his second successive loss.