Arsenal suffered a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, as Pep Guardiola won his first silverware in England. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were enough to seal a comfortable victory for the Citizens.
Arsenal had the first goal threat of the game, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found himself with a gaping goal, only for Kyle Walker to tackle the striker before Claudio Bravo saved the rebound from the striker who was just a few yards out.
City took the lead on 18 minutes, though. Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero outmuscled Shkodran Mustafi from a Bravo clearance before lobbing David Ospina from 18 yards out. Arsenal appealed for a foul, but after consulting VAR, referee Craig Pawson allowed the goal to stand. The goal means that the Argentinian international has now scored 30 goals this season, the fourth time in the past seven campaigns that the striker has achieved the milestone.
Pep Guardiola’s side came close to doubling their lead in the second period, as City captain Vincent Kompany fired a low effort just wide of goal. The Citizens did double their lead just before the hour mark and it was Kompany once again. Kevin De Bruyne’s short corner found midfielder Ilkay Gundogan on the edge of the Arsenal area and Germany international’s effort on goal was poked home by the Belgian centre-back.
Guardiola’s side continued to control the game and made it three on 65 minutes. Danilo found David Silva on the left side of the Arsenal area, the Spaniard turned brilliantly and fired a powerful effort past Ospina into the bottom corner of the goal.
The victory was the Citizens third triumph in the last five seasons in the League Cup. No doubt, the victory will also be remembered because of it being Guardiola’s first trophy in England after a trophy-laden managerial career in Spain and Germany.
The League Cup remains the only domestic trophy that has eluded Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The pressure is likely to grow on the Gunners boss, with the Europa League the only trophy now the only realistic trophy on offer for Arsenal this season.
The two teams will meet again on Thursday night in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal will be looking for a better result and display in their league meeting, as the Gunners cannot afford to lose much more ground on the league’s top-four.
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