The statement was made and written in Black and White as Arsenal were thrashed 0-3 by Manchester City. But is this the start of the much hyped Manchester City dominance of European football? Well, time will tell. However yesterday, Pep Guardiola secured his first trophy in English football as Manchester City manager as they overpowered Arsenal to win the Carabao Cup in convincing fashion at Wembley stadium.
Sergio Aguero took advantage of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi’s feeble challenge to set the Premier League leaders on the way to victory with the opening goal after 18 minutes after he latched on to keeper Claudio Bravo’s goal-kick and loft a cool finish over David Ospina.
Outstanding city captain Vincent Kompany and David Silva finished off the Gunners in emphatic style in second-half to put the icing on the cake as the Citizens ran riot.
Te only time Arsenal threatened was in an early opening when Kyle Walker stopped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the six-yard area and the contest was effectively over when man-of-the-match Vincent Kompany swept in Ilkay Gundogan’s cross-shot just before the hour.
David Silva put the final flourish on City and Guardiola’s day with a powerful shot past Ospina before City closed out the most routine of victories.
It was an emphatic response from City after their bid for a quadruple came to an end with a shock defeat to League One Wigan on Monday. There was one contentious note which may draw further attention from the Football Association as Guardiola wore his trademark yellow ribbon, which he displays in support of imprisoned politicians in his native Catalonia, despite facing a charge from English football’s governing body for “wearing a political message”.
The League Cup remains the only domestic trophy Arsene Wenger has not won at Arsenal, losing in the final for the third time in his 21-year reign while Guardiola, whose side are 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League in his second season at City, can now add the EFL Cup to the 21 trophies he won as boss of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.