Manchester City won the Carabao Cup Final, 3-0, after a dominant performance against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. Despite taking the lead through a long ball from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Manchester City strolled to victory at Wembley with two further well placed goals. Pep Guardiola’s side won the first piece of silverware on offer in the same week the team went out of the FA Cup to Wigan, 1-0. The two are on pace for a domestic double.
Manchester City took the lead in the Carabao Cup Final through an 18th minute goal from Sergio Aguero. The striker latched on to a Bravo long ball and struck it past David Ospina. As one commentator for the Guardian remarked, it was a goal straight out of Wimbledon’s playbook from years past.
Sergio Aguero has now scored in each of his last five appearances against Arsenal.
Against no team has he had a longer streak. pic.twitter.com/CxUJ4LjEka
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 25, 2018
Manchester City goal number 1️⃣9️⃣9️⃣ for Sergio Aguero pic.twitter.com/vVYp3F0yYC
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 25, 2018
Manchester City added a second goal in the 58th minute through Vincent Kompany. Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan set up the defender when Kompany stuck out his foot and diverted the German’s initial shot.
Vincent Kompany is an incredibly likeable footballer. Probably the opposition player I admire most.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) February 25, 2018
Great moment for @VincentKompany who has been magnificent in this final. His celebration, an explosion of emotion and joy after so much frustration. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 25, 2018
Kompany’s goal made the game 2-0, but Manchester City put the match further out of reach seven minutes later. David Silva added a low shot past Ospina to move the scoreline to 3-0.
ITS 3-0 TO MANCHESTER CITY AND THE OLD GUARD ARE ALL ON THE SCORESHEET!
— 90min (@90min_Football) February 25, 2018
Guardiola’s side absolutely dominated possession with over 59% of the ball. It prompt former footballer Joey Barton to say the match was “men against boys”.
One of the biggest talking points of the match was the lack of impact made by January transfer signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang had one shot during the match which he massively squandered. Arsenal fans took to social media following the match to vent their frustration. Many claimed the team didn’t put in the hard work needed to win the Carabao Cup Final.
The Arsenal fans should get their ticket refunded by the players after that sh*t show of a performance they have just put in.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 25, 2018
Surely the empty Arsenal seats here at Wembley must point to the beginning of the end of Wenger's tenure if the club are ever again to compete with teams such as Manchester City pic.twitter.com/n9u6pmJWd5
— Layth (@laythy29) February 25, 2018