At the beginning of the season, the League Cup barely registered on Arsenal or Manchester City’s radar. For different reasons, it has now taken on a crucial importance.
For Arsene Wenger, it is the most realistic trophy his side can achieve in a season blighted by familiar weaknesses.
For Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, it offers a chance to stem the blood after his side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan on Monday night.
With City near-guaranteed the title and offering real promise in Europe, however, it is Arsenal who need this trophy the most.
They can win it, too, if they do the following five things: