Manchester City's Samir Nasri has warned of the impact a League Cup final defeat could have on Manuel Pellegrini's quadruple-chasing side.
Nasri was part of the Arsenal team beaten in the final of the competition in 2011, with that loss to Birmingham City heralding a poor run of league form towards the end of another trophy-less campaign.
The France international, also a runner-up in the FA Cup last season, is eager to banish his bad Wembley memories against Sunderland and maintain City's momentum as they bid for silverware on four fronts.
"I don't have good memories in the cups, because I lost the final with Arsenal as well as last season," Nasri said in quotes reported by the British media.
"We got to the final with Arsenal and lost. After that, we won only two games in the league, so a win would be really important for us and for the confidence."
City bounced back from their UEFA Champions League defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday by seeing off Stoke City at the weekend, keeping them firmly in the Premier League title race.
Despite not being at their fluent best on Saturday, Nasri is confident that the potential return of Sergio Aguero from injury for Sunday's final will help push Pellegrini's side back into top gear.
"It's going to be a big boost for the team to have Aguero back, but you cannot disrespect Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko because they did a great job too," he continued.
"It's going to be good when another striker comes back, with them and Stevan Jovetic, so then we can rotate and we can build more pressure up front."
|Coach: M. Pellegrini|
for S. Agüero 58'
for David Silva 77'
for E. Džeko 87'
|Southampton need three January signings, says Watson|
|Liverpool can make Champions League, says fanzine editor|
|Walsh: Hull clash crucial for Leicester|
|Toure, Aubameyang and Enyeama make shortlist for African gong|
|Docherty backs Chelsea to win two-horse race|
|Liverpool could benefit from Hyypia influence - Scales|
|Saudi Arabia name Asian Cup squad|
|Forty-year-old Cahill no problem for Postecoglou|
|Wenger criticism baffles Redknapp|
|Leicester must strengthen in window - Walsh|
|United not title contenders - Docherty|
|Koeman: Southampton youngsters will get a chance|
|Dyche empathises with Liverpool striker crisis|
|Cagliari turn to Zola|
|Rooney thanks Van Gaal for Christmas break|
|Cruzeiro offer Paulinho Tottenham exit chance|
|Carlisle´s wife grateful to Burnley|
|Katebe called up to Zambia AFCON squad|
|Cape Verde name AFCON squad|
|Finke names much-changed Cameroon squad|
|Grant omits World Cup troublemakers for AFCON|
|Blackpool striker Ranger goes AWOL|
|Allardyce relishing Mourinho meeting|
|Ashley fails to increase Rangers stake|
|Crystal Palace v Southampton: Koeman calls for focus|
|Warnock targeting striker in January|
|Chelsea v West Ham: Adrian vows visitors will attack|
|Heskey signs short-term deal at Bolton|
|Everton v Stoke City: Martinez eyes strong form|
|Juninho defends David Luiz|
|Burnley v Liverpool: Dyche defends Rodgers ahead of Turf Moor test|
|Arsenal v QPR: Wenger eyes festive momentum|
|Liverpool are growing in confidence, says Rodgers|
|Redknapp: Austin future could depend on survival|
|Martinez wants Everton consistency|
|Barca want Neymar until 2020, says agent|
|Jones undeterred by pressure of Liverpool starting role|
|Allardyce ´knows how to beat managers´ - Carroll|
|Jones playing for a new contract|
|China select Evergrande spine for Asian Cup|
|A-League Preview: Koren tips City to build|
|Khedira keen to fight for Real spot|