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Team News: Aaron Ramsey starts for Arsenal against Manchester City

Team News: Aaron Ramsey starts for Arsenal
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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey starts for the Gunners in the EFL Cup final against Manchester City.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey starts for the Gunners in the EFL Cup final against Manchester City this afternoon.

The Welshman was facing a race to be fit ahead of the final due to a groin injury, but he has been chosen by Arsene Wenger alongside Mesut Ozil, who has recovered from illness to make the starting lineup.

In defence, Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin start, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang features up top after being ineligible in the Europa League.

For Manchester City, Danilo replaces Fabian Delph at left-back after the latter picked up a suspension in the club's FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic, while Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan partner Kevin De Bruyne in midfield.

Up front, Raheem Sterling misses out through a muscle injury, so David Silva starts alongside Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane instead.

There is also a place on the bench for Gabriel Jesus, who has recovered from a knee injury he suffered in December.

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey; Ozil; Aubameyang
Subs: Cech, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck

Manchester City: Bravo; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan; De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero
Subs: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Foden, Jesus

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Mesut Ozil celebrates getting the opener during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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