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Arsenal have struggled through what thus far has been a very tough season and while for most clubs a place in the EFL Cup Final, the last-sixteen of the Europa League and sixth place in the Premier League table would be seen as a massive achievement, the expectations are pretty high at the Emirates Stadium most seasons and as such, disappointment is usually just around the corner.
There is a year remaining on Arsene Wenger's contract but frustration continues to grow thanks to the Gunners' lack of competitiveness at the highest level and the absence of Champions League football at the Emirates Stadium. As such, the French manager will certainly attach a high level of importance to winning this season's first major piece of silverware although they will be in for a tough time when they lock horns with Manchester City in this weekend's EFL Cup Final.
Manchester City reign supreme at the summit of the Premier League table and it is extremely unlikely that anyone is going to come close to threatening their lofty position by the end of the campaign. A sixteen-point gap is effectively unassailable and given their consistency this season, many pundits were of the opinion that a historic quadruple was well within their grasp.
Such ambitions came to an end on Monday evening when the Citizens were dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan Athletic and Pep Guardiola was undoubtedly unhappy with that result. Nevertheless given that City have lost just three competitive matches since the start of the season, this defeat can be looked upon as little more than a slight bump in an otherwise smooth road and we don't envisage it being a signal for a downturn in fortunes.
Many fans will have been less than chuffed to see their side lose to a side two divisions below them, however there is little doubt that the Citizens are usually strong going forward this term and the Gunners will be worried that Man City's cage will have been well and truly rattled ahead of this weekend's cup final. Sergio Aguero will once again be a threat to City's opponents on Sunday afternoon and with goals in each leg of the semi-final tie with Bristol City, we're happy to side with him on the Anytime Goalscorer market at odds of Evens.
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