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Man City star Kyle Walker sends Carabao Cup final message to Arsenal

KYLE WALKER wants to end his Wembley jinx by lifting the first trophy of his career in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

The Manchester City defender has lost all four of his big club occasions at the national stadium, including a Championship play-off final defeat with Sheffield United, the League Cup final with Tottenham in 2015 and two FA Cup semi-finals with the north London club in 2012 and 2017.

On top of that he has twice tasted Premier League title disappointments with Spurs – missing out to Leicester in 2016 and Chelsea last season.

Now he is determined to land his first silverware at the age of 27 and ensure City’s chase for honours doesn’t falter again following the shock FA Cup exit to Wigan, where his mistake led to Will Grigg’s winner.

“I want to win stuff,” he said. “I hate losing and to be with Tottenham for the number of years I was and not pick up anything was disappointing.

“We were very close for two seasons in the Premier League but we just fell short and I don’t want that to happen here at City.

“The play-off final defeat was probably the worst defeat I’ve had at Wembley. They [Sheffield United] were my boyhood club and we got beat by Burnley by a wonder goal.

“But if I hadn’t lost that game would I be sat here now? I’m a big believer in fate, and if that’s what the big man upstairs has got planned you just dust yourself down and move on.

“Losing to Chelsea with Spurs in the League Cup final in 2015 was horrible. Being a London derby, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. I thought that year was our year, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“It’d be emotional if we win on Sunday. I’ll probably have a minute to myself before I go and find my family and tell them I’ve finally done it.

“After 27 years of working hard to try to lift this kind of thing, hopefully I can do it then.”

Walker says victory would be even sweeter because it would be against Arsenal, for so long Tottenham’s nemesis.

“Spurs is a club which belongs to my heart and to get one over on their bitter rivals, and mine for a long time, would be a fantastic feeling,” he said. “But it’s a game of football and anything can happen in 90 minutes.

“They’ve made some excellent signings in January which we need to be careful of and we need to just say, ‘Let the best team win’.”

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Yaya Toure, a Wembley hero for City so often in the past, is set to miss out on a farewell to the national stadium.

The veteran midfielder, 35, hit the winner in the FA Cup semi-final and final in 2011, the equaliser in the 2014 League Cup final and shoot-out winner in the 2016 final but is unlikely to be included in Pep Guardiola’s squad on Sunday.

Toure, who will leave the club this summer when his contract expires, has not made an appearance since January 9 and hasn’t been in a squad since February 3.

Source: www.express.co.uk

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