When Paul Merson talks about Arsenal, he’s often right. Usually he tells unpalatable truths that Gooners don’t want to hear: hence his unpopularity with some of the fan base.
However, Merson is predicting good news: an Arsenal win in the cup final. It’s down to one man: Aubameyang. The Gabon international has pace to burn and can finish, so how will City cope?
This question is all well and good, but it’s based on the assumption that Ozil feels up to a game of football and can provide chances for Aubameyang to finish. As we all know, there’s no guarantee of Ozil turning up.
Ramsey could also play a major part in deciding the outcome of the match, but he faces a race against time to be fit.
Perhaps Wilshere can also put in a performance worthy of his reputation. Roy Keane’s comments about Jack being the most over-rated player in the league may inspire the England international to produce a lively display.
However, therein lies the problem. Arsenal are no longer the hardworking team they once were. Recently, they were comprehensively outrun by Spurs and, if they expect to stroll around against City, they will be hammered. You’d like to think Arsenal can manage to put in a shift for a cup final, but nothing is certain with this team.
On their day, Arsenal can beat anyone in the Premier League. We all know those days are few and far between but, after the embarrassing home defeat against Ostersunds, you’d like to think the Gunners will be out to prove something.
For these one-off games, Arsenal have proved they can punch above their weight, which is why they surprised Chelsea this season and could do so again against City.