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Claudio Bravo will complete an unlikely sequence if he plays in the League Cup final

If Claudio Bravo plays in goal against Arsenal in the League Cup final Arsene Wenger's side will have faced a Man City reserve goalkeeper in every round

What’s better than one Man City reserve goalkeeper? How about five.

If, as expected, Claudio Bravo starts in goal for City against Arsenal in the League Cup final it will complete a pleasing sequence of events.

Arsenal will have faced a goalkeeper who, at one time or another, was in reserve at City in every round of the cup, as pointed out by a keen-eyed Reddit user.


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Sliding into your DMs

It all started in the third round, against Doncaster.

Theo Walcott scored the only goal of the game against Ian Lawlor, who spent seven years on City’s books before moving to Doncaster in 2017.

Arsenal then scraped past Norwich thanks to two goals from teenager Eddie Nketiah.

Who was in goal that night? None other than Angus Gunn, who is currently on loan from City.

Like father, like Gunn

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Like father, like Gunn

Next came another narrow 1-0 win, with Danny Welbeck scoring against Joe Hart.

It’s easy to forget that Hart, who won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup in five years at the Etihad, is still technically a City player.

By now Arsene Wenger was probably quite sick of having to see off City goalkeepers.

Searching for the next ball boy to scream at

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Searching for the next ball boy to scream at

But the run wasn’t done yet.

Arsenal then had to face Willy Caballero over two legs in the 2-1 aggregate win over Chelsea.

Caballero was at City for three years, winning the League Cup in 2016.

Praying for another unlikely move to a top club

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Praying for another unlikely move to a top club

So Bravo would be the fifth consecutive City reserve goalkeeper Arsenal have faced in the League Cup if the takes the gloves on 25 February.

Is Pep Guardiola building a secret army of former goalkeepers to conquer English football?

We doubt it. But that won’t stop Jose Mourinho’s paranoia.


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