The competition is the only major honour within English football that Arsene Wenger is yet to get his hands on and their involvement this weekend sees the Gunners return to Wembley, a ground where they’ve enjoyed a stellar record in recent years.
However, Arsenal are still expected to chop and change their starting line-up, despite also playing in the Europa League on Thursday evening, and goalkeeper Petr Cech has dropped a major hint that suggests he’ll be on the bench for the clash against the Citizens.
“At the start it was clear that it was going to be like that. I will be there with the team supporting but I don’t expect to play. It is always hard to watch any game from the bench or even from the stand if you are not selected.”
“As a player you always want to be involved but obviously you are in a professional club where there are 25 top players and the manager always makes his choices for the game and you need to accept that.”
It will likely mark three games in a row where Ospina has started, as the Colombian captained the side and saved a penalty in the 3-0 Europa League victory against Ostersunds last week and will retain his spot for the second-leg tomorrow night.