Former Arsenal and Manchester City goalkeeper David Seaman is expecting "a great tie" when the sides meet for a place in the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals on Tuesday, and believes the Gunners can beat the holders.
City are bidding to win the competition for a fourth consecutive season in 2020/21 and will be the favourites to progress to the last four, though Arsenal have already shown they can win silverware under Mikel Arteta, who used to be on the Citizens coaching staff.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the EFL ahead of the game, Seaman is looking forward to watching his old employers do battle, and is hoping that league form won't be a factor.
“It’s Arsenal against City, head-to-head, and it’s going to be a great tie," he said. "We know what Pep Guardiola is like, he plays a strong team, and it’s why he’s had so much success in this competition. He doesn’t chop and change much, because he wants to win things. I want Arsenal to go through, but it’s vital they pick up from their league form and play a strong side, otherwise there could be trouble!
“A win against City would be a massive boost because, like I said, Arsenal’s league form hasn’t been good at all. It needs to get better and that’s why I’m looking forward and praying for a good run in the Carabao Cup. Hopefully, league form goes out of the window, but confidence breeds success. City aren’t pulling up trees in the league, and I’m sure they’ll go on a run of victories, but I’m expecting a great game."
Seaman says he admires Guardiola's approach to the competition, one which has brought great success to City in recent years, and believes the Carabao Cup represents a special trophy that each of the remaining Clubs will have their eyes on.
“City will definitely be up for it," he added. "They’ve won it three times in a row and that’s a great achievement which shows how seriously they take this competition. I love to see that; I love seeing Clubs play their strongest teams because they want to win silverware. At the end of the day, it’s a fantastic trophy. It’s a great feeling to go up those steps at Wembley and lift a trophy like this.
“To win trophies and have trophies for your team photo at the start of the season, it’s brilliant. This is a great day out, a great competition, and it’s a fantastic one to win. Any cup final day is an amazing day, especially if you win it. I had one chance to win this competition and, thankfully, we did.
"I remember it so well; it was my first cup final and it was at the old Wembley. Walking out of that old tunnel behind the goal is an amazing feeling, because it’s a really special place. When you think about what’s gone on at Wembley, from the 1966 World Cup to Live Aid, that’s why every cup final is really special.
As for the result on Tuesday, he's predicting a big win for Arteta and Arsenal...
“I’m going to go for 2-1 to Arsenal. I’m being ambitious but, hopefully, we turn up for a cup game.”