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.
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.
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.
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.
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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