Arsenal v Ostersunds: Wenger's men to stroll against the Swedes

Arsenal's decline against big rivals ahead of Carabao Cup final with Manchester City

Danny Welbeck and Henrik Mkhitaryan will both play some part in the match, however, Aaron Ramsey remains on the sidelines due to a groin injury.

The Gunners face Ostersunds on Thursday in the second leg of their last-32 tie with Wenger's men leading 3-0 on aggregate from the away leg.

"He is not in the squad tomorrow [against Ostersunds]", he was quoted as saying by Ramsey had a good training session today, but he can't play tomorrow.

"What is absolutely vital is we go into the game with a good focus to win it. I don't rule him out [of the final] yet, it depends how well he can improve his intensity".

Now, former Arsenal star Pires believes the Gunners should follow the lead of Manchester United who ultimately prioritised gaining glory in the Europa League, which is of course offers an alternative way into the Champions League.

"I like the look of the young lad Eddie Nketiah in the Carabao Cup but he hasn't had a sniff in the Premier League because the first team go through hardships". "We play at home, in front of our fans and there is still a lot at stake because this competition is important for us".

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Arsenal and Manchester City will battle it out in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, four days before they meet again in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium. "It is one of the priorities we have".

"Olivier used to be in charge of the music selection but now that he's gone, sometimes I select the music", said Ospina. "For us it is absolutely vital to play well to have a chance to win the game".

The Swedish outfit displayed brief glimmers of quality as they hosted the Gunners, but there was a considerable gulf between the two teams.

"I love Celtic. It is not easy for any team, especially in Celtic Park".

Ospina has made one Premier League appearance this season, but has been Wenger's regular goalkeeper for all cup competitions, including the Europa League.

Petr Cech has always been a hugely professional player and that will continue, regardless of whether or not he plays on Sunday.


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