Pep Guardiolas Manchester City is traveling to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal tonight for the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at the Emirates Stadium

Manchester City’s last game before Christmas is a Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Arsenal in the Emirates

City would like to reserve his spot in the semifinals of a competition they have won in the last three seasons and haven’t lost in over four years. Pep Guardiola takes the Carabao Cup seriously and tonight it won’t be any different with a place in the last four at stake

In City’s path are an Arsenal side who have been without a win in their last seven Premier League games, putting pressure on Guardiola’s former assistant Mikel Arteta, who is the bookmaker’s favorite to be the next top manager to be sacked Arteta has been an integral part of City’s success in this competition over the past few years and will know how important the League Cup could be in extending his stay in the Emirates

Guardiola could welcome Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus back for tonight’s game, while Aymeric Laporte could also return to the squad after missing out on victory over Southampton for fitness reasons

After City took the lead for two minutes through Jesus, City looked complete, but they got Arsenal back into the game and it was a much more even clash towards the end of half

There is still work to be done in the second phase, and while City should be ahead, Guardiola will have seen enough to encourage him to have more goals to be achieved

Gabriel Martinelli is back on his feet and will hobble back onto the field to try to prevent this for the time being. Good to see

Gabriel Martinelli looks uncomfortable when he is caught by Zack Steffen Steffen had just got a long ball forward in front of Martinelli and seems to have caught the boy on the ankle It was unintentional, but it would be a terrible moment for the striker when his game was over, having just returned from a long-term injury

Seconds after I criticized City for giving the ball away, they unleash a series of intricate, fine passes in the box to free Gabriel Jesus, but the shot is saved by Runarrsson

Arsenal have been the better team since the equalizer and their high press prevents City from getting a foot on the ball, forcing Rodri and Steffen to make mistakes. City could have some space in the break, but they have to Keep the ball

City have played several gears over Arsenal since the opener but haven’t scored the goals to show it and now they’re back in first place against an opponent who has a little more life in them to blame yourself

City had complete control of this game, but a good Martinelli game came on the line and Lacazette was more attentive to the cross than Laporte, and the city has to do something that it has to contend with a lot this season – more than to score once

Lacazette prevails against Laporte and passes a helpless Steffen

Dani Ceballos walks down from a corner clutching his face, but without a VAR the referee can’t do anything if he hasn’t seen Replaus Show Fernandinho likely accidentally caught the Arsenal man when the pair were pressing for his position on It wasn’t a red card but that hasn’t stopped VAR yet so Fernandinho will be relieved that it’s not operational tonight

Laporte will be disappointed with this header sooner. He has to show everything he can tonight and a goal would give him something that neither Dias nor Stones have done this season

This is a bit like the Southampton game – lots of encouraging signs, but at least one more goal is required to solidify this

Another direct run in the Arsenal defense by Gabriel Jesus and another booking for a Gunners man Mustafi this time the man who is supposed to overthrow the Brazilian

Great job by Gabriel Jesus who really looks in the mood. He spins past his marker and moves towards the area. Mohamed Elneny picks one up for the team and brings it down on the edge of the area

Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo did a good job on the right side, allowing Riyad Mahrez to drift inward

Aymeric Laporte hits it from the corner, but the ball falls on the wrong side of the post Close

Signs of sloppiness in town for the first 10 minutes as they struggle to maintain control of the football

That may be overly excited about how scared and bad Arsenal looks every time visitors walk up to them

There are many more destinations for City to see if they are good enough to get there

Fernandinho aims from a distance and it’s far. The city is at the top here, Arsenal look like a team whose limited confidence has just been erased

Jesus started this move as a left winger and passed the ball to a Phil Foden, who found the overlapping run of left-back Zinchenko who had run into the room Jesus had left.In the meantime, Jesus made his way to the sixth Yard box and had an undisputed header to give City the lead

It’s a five for Arsenal, with two full-backs to support the attack for the hosts

For City there is a clear defensive midfield pair consisting of Rodri and Fernandinho, with Phil Foden on the left of the top three and Riyad Mahrez on the right

Sky reminds us that there is no VAR in operation tonight, as was the case with the Carabao Cup this season

Bernardo was excellent over the weekend as he put on one of his best performances of the season, floating first on the right wing and then around the front before falling lower

He got Kevin De Bruynes boots for filling tonight and did an excellent job in the 2018/19 season being the best player in England

The city needs to stop relying so heavily on De Bruyne, and Bernardo would be a huge plus

City haven’t had a midweek game all season and that will last until January when they reach the League Cup semi-finals

However, a recent change in competition means there won’t be any extra time tonight, at least if the game goes straight to penalties So no more demands should be made than the blues are used to. There is also no two-legged semi-final this year, just a duel in a game to decide each finalist

The championship team Brentford has just defeated Newcastle and will surely be the semi-final opponent City would hope for – when they get there

Newcastle is now going into Boxing Day with City, who have put up a strong squad in the capital but are going home empty-handed

A little bit, we spend an incredible amount of time together, I’ve learned a lot from him. It’s always strange

Same desire, same idea to get your own game through. They have injuries, that’s why the Carabao Cup is at the heart of the Premier League With this amount of incredible competitions and games you have to turn the team around

Maybe he will play minutes, he is not ready for 90 minutes, but he will play minutes

In the past seven years we’ve won four times, three of the last. Every season is new We’re coming here, we’re going to London We have seen London in ways we didn’t expect It’s so sad to see this wonderful city this way. We’re trying to win the game and we’re going back to Manchester

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