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How Manchester City could line up against Arsenal

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up for Tuesday's EFL Cup quarter-final showdown with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Manchester City will be looking to continue their recent domination of the EFL Cup when they face Arsenal in the quarter-finals at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

The holders have lifted the trophy in each of the last three seasons and five times in the last seven years, and another triumph this term would see them equal Liverpool as the competition's most successful ever club.

Pep Guardiola will be confident coming up against his former protege Mikel Arteta too, with Arsenal in dreadful domestic form having failed to win any of their last seven Premier League games.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Man City could line up for the contest.

Possible MNC XI vs. ARS

Out: Eric Garcia (muscle)
Doubtful: Aymeric Laporte (unspecified), Gabriel Jesus (teeth)

> Click here for Man City's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Guardiola is expected to make changes for Tuesday's match given the hectic festive schedule in the Premier League, although he should still be able to field a strong team.

Club-record goalscorer Sergio Aguero is one of those who could return to the starting XI as he looks to build his way back up to full match fitness after an injury-interrupted campaign to date.

A host of other players who sat out at the weekend - including Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy and Nathan Ake - could also come back into the side to keep the squad fresh.

There have been questions raised over whether John Stones can play so many games in such quick succession recently and so there is a chance he could be rested but, given that he has played far less football than Ruben Dias this season, Guardiola may take the chance to give his centre-back partner a rest instead.

Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling could be among the other big names to sit out, despite the latter having netted on his last two visits to the Emirates Stadium.

In goal, Zack Steffen played in the last round against Burnley and kept a clean sheet, so he could get a rare outing in place of Ederson.

Eric Garcia is the only confirmed absentee for Man City, but Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus are both expected to miss out again, the latter due to a "condition in his teeth".

> Click here to see how Arsenal could line up for this contest


Who will progress to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup - Arsenal or Man City?

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