EFL Cup final – Man City dominate Arsenal
Man City win EFL Cup Final vs Arsenal by 3 goals to nil
Pep Guardiola has the first silverware of his reign at Manchester City
Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva ensured that Guardiola will finish the season with at least one trophy and once the first goal went in there appeared little doubt of the outcome, City deservedly winning the cup.
Both sides had replacement keepers, David Ospina replacing Petr Cech for Arsenal and Claudio Bravo in for City, being the regular cup keeper ahead of Ederson.
It was Bravo was the first to be seriously tested, doing well to save from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inside the first 10 minutes.
Arsene Wenger’s side were made to pay on the 18th minute when City took the lead, a long Bravo clearance finding Aguero who, courtesy of some poor Arsenal defending, was able to coolly lob Ospina.
Arsenal had the first half-chance of the second period, Aubameyang failing to take advantage of a mix-up in the City defence but it was City who scored the decisive second, a low De Bruyne corner diverted into the net by Kompany.
The third followed swiftly, City making the game safe, Danilo finding Silva who turned sharply in the box and delivered a low shot into the back of Ospina’s net.
There was no way back for Arsenal and they still have not won the EFL Cup during Wenger’s time in charge.
City meanwhile are fighting on two other fronts. They have a commanding lead at the top of the Premier League and are well set to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League having a 4-0 first-leg lead over FC Basel in the round of 16. City are 10/3 to win the Champions League.
However, their next game is another against the Gunners, this time in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are 7/2 to gain a partial revenge while City are 3/4 with the draw priced at 11/4.