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Wenger talks about the missing piece at Arsenal

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Arsenal face Premier League leaders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger exclusively spoke about the missing piece ahead of the Carabao Cup final.

Arsene Wenger says the League Cup feels like the missing piece to his time at Arsenal, but says victory on Sunday will not necessarily mean their season has been a success.

Wenger has tasted victory in the FA Cup (seven times) and Premier League (three times) since taking over in 1996, and says that while he has often used the competition as a platform for his younger players, he is desperate for success this time.

Wenger said: “Yes! Of course. I haven’t won it, but I must say as well that over the years I have always used the League Cup for the youth team, and we always had good young players.

“It has changed a little bit now, we are in the final, and it’s a good opportunity to win a trophy. You have so many teams in the Premier League who fight for trophies, and like everything you want to win. After winning a trophy you want to win every single competition, we want to do well in the Premier League, we want to do well in the Europa League, we wanted to do well in the FA Cup.

“To make it as simple as possible, Man City is the favourite on Sunday, and we have an opportunity to win a trophy, and we want to take it. Maybe we are even more outsiders than we were against them in the FA Cup semi-final last year, but we did it last year, and that’s what we want to repeat. It’s as simple as that.

“When you look at their offensive power, it is absolutely huge, so you have to put in a strong defensive performance, and take advantage of every opportunity we get to go forward, and put them under pressure defensively.”

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