Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Man City cup final

Mark Lawrenson predicts the League Cup final clash between Arsenal and Manchester City on Sunday

Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester City to win the League Cup title with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the final on Sunday at Wembley.

The Gunners head into the game fresh from booking their place in the last 16 of the Europa League, despite losing the return leg 2-1 to Ostersunds at The Emirates on Thursday night.

Manchester City, meanwhile, were knocked out of the FA Cup on Monday night when they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat by Wigan Athletic in the fifth round.

Arsenal will be desperate to win some silverware and lift the trophy that Arsene Wenger has never won during his time in charge of the north London club.

However, former Liverpool FC man Lawrenson is fully expecting to see the Citizens claim a comfortable win and win their first trophy under Pep Guardiola on Sunday.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “I won the League Cup with Liverpool on three occasions in the 1980s, and each time we won the league title too.

“It is great to be able to tuck it under your belt once you have won it, and it kind of kicks you on for the rest of the season.

“That is why I think this game is so important for Manchester City and their bid to win three trophies, because winning it would take a bit of the pressure off them.

“So far they have had a brilliant season but they have nothing to show for it yet – that can change this weekend.

“Will they win at Wembley? Yes. They can start again and really focus on this match after losing to Wigan – and I don’t see Arsenal stopping them.”

Arsenal are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table and with a top-four finish looking increasingly unlikely, their best hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League will be to win the Europa League this term.

Manchester City, meanwhile, remain on course to land their first Premier League title under Guardiola at the top of the table.

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