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Win and it will stir something in the soul of every supporter - a glimmer of hope that this is the season Newcastle finally finish the 51-year search for their Holy Grail. If the league campaign is Bruce being pragmatic, the cups are a chance to show some romance remains. We all know it's been a long period since 1969 and we are now three wins from winning a cup. "I would want to know if (big if) he wins the cup, what will the fan perception of Bruce be then? Show that he really is taking the cups seriously - especially given a favourable draw and our current comfortable league position - and get us to our first semi-final for over a decade, and it could win him some support." Since winning the FA Cup three times in the 1950s, the last coming in 1955, there have been the near misses of the 1970s, finishing second in the league in 1996 and 1997, losing in FA Cup finals of 1998 and 1999, reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup in 2000 and 2005, as well as the last four of the Uefa Cup under Sir Bobby Robson in 2003.
That was all achieved before Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007, imposing a straight jacket on trophy dreams, managing director Lee Charnley confirming in a fans forum meeting in 2014 that the "cups were not a priority" because there was more money finishing a few places higher in the Premier League than winning four knockout games to get to a quarter final. Bruce has changed that approach, the experience of leading Hull City to their first FA Cup final reminding him what is truly special in the game. The Athletic reporter Chris Waugh has revealed that former Newcastle strikers Ivan Toney and Adam Armstrong would command combined fees of around £50m were they to be sold in January. The duo have been enjoying excellent campaigns in the Championship for their respective clubs, with Toney having 16 goals and three assists to his name in 20 appearances and Armstrong registering 15 goals and three assists in 19 matches. The Magpies sold Armstrong to Blackburn for just £1.75m, although it has been reported that Newcastle would receive a sizeable 20%-30% sell-on fee were he to be sold by the Championship club, per Mark Douglas.
Steve Bruce has already suggested that the Bees striker will be highly motivated to prove a few doubters wrong during the cup clash and, if he were to produce a match-winning performance, it would further compound the sense of regret on Tyneside. Sign up to FREE email alerts from Football London - Arsenal Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Arsenal are back in action this evening when they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. The Gunners' cup form has been the shining light on their otherwise disappointing season. Mikel Arteta's men are currently 15th in the Premier League but they won their Europa League group with a 100% record and could still reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with what would be a surprise win over Pep Guardiola's men this evening. Arsenal are on a run of seven Premier League games without a win, leaving Arteta under real pressure despite being early in his reign as Gunners boss.
The Spaniard needs results and fast, and this fixture with Man City, as well as the Premier League meeting with Chelsea on the weekend, could be pivotal as he looks to keep his job. But Arteta will not be helped by a number of injury issues, starting with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is likely to miss the Man City clash with a calf issue. You won't miss a thing when it comes to the Gunners - you'll get all you need to know directly into your inbox. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article - or any article on the Arsenal section of football.london in fact - labelled 'Get the biggest daily stories by email' and click 'Subscribe'. Below we run you through the full Arsenal squad available to Arteta for the Man City clash, which includes the likes of Mesut Ozil and Sokratis, who are both eligible for domestic cup games despite being left out of the Premier League squad. Arsenal are taking on Manchester City tonight in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. But the relief will not last long if the Gunners can't find a result here against a Manchester City side who are slowly finding some form. Read our full mailing list consent terms here Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contacted Arsenal vs Manchester City is tonight, Tuesday 22 December, at 8pm GMT. The Gunners are without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while City will test the fitness of strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus before kick-off. Arsenal: Leno, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos, Elneny Saka, Pepe, Lacazette, Willian Can a change of scenery in the Carabao Cup inspire them to new heights? Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City. THE Carabao Cup continues this week with the quarter-finals. 1 Man City have won the last THREE League Cups in a row Credit: Getty - Contributor Do Carabao Cup ties go to extra time or straight to penalties? If the score is level after 90 minutes, Carabao Cup ties up to the semi-final go STRAIGHT to penalties. Only from the semi-final - which will be single-legged this season - and final do ties have extra-time before penalties. The Carabao Cup will have no replays. What are the Carabao Cup second round fixtures? Arsenal vs Man City (8pm) When is the Carabao Cup final? The Carabao Cup final has been moved from February 28 to Sunday April 25, 2021. In a statement, the EFL said: "This season's Carabao Cup final has been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 25 April 2021, with a 4pm kick-off. "It is the objective of the League to stage the final with as many supporters in attendance as possible. "And the decision has therefore been taken to move the final from its original date of Sunday February 28, 2021 to later in the year. "And it is hoped that moving the date to later in the year will give clubs and their fans the best opportunity to attend in person. "The competition is set to continue this week, with the quarter-finals to be played across Tuesday December 22 and Wednesday December 23, with all four games live on Sky Sports."