Arsenal were left powerless to accept the runners-up tag in the Carabao Cup final, this evening, as a convincing 3-0 win from Manchester City powered the league leaders to silverware.
A first-half goal from Sergio Agüero opened the accounts at Wembley, with Vincent Kompany following suit early in the second half.
With the North Londoners left shell-shocked, David Silva set City on their way for their first trophy of the season with a third, subsequently extending Arsenal’s wait for a first League Cup since 1993.
The big surprise at Wembley Stadium for Arsenal saw Aaron Ramsey return to full fitness, with Calum Chambers joining the Welshman in the XI.
Despite early dominance from Man City, it was Arsène Wenger’s men who claimed the first opportunity of the game in the 7th minute, with Mesut Özil squaring a pass over to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Kyle Walker’s timely intervention.
It took an uncharacteristic bit of play by City’s standards, however, to undo the deadlock, as Claudio Bravo’s long punt upfield set Agüero through on goal before lifting the ball over David Ospina for 1-0.
With the score being maintained through to half-time, it was City that once again started the half positively, nearing a second through Kompany’s deflected half-volley in the 47th minute.
It was through City’s captain that Pep Guardiola’s men eventually doubled their lead in the 58th minute, as Ilkay Gündogan’s shot found its way through a sea of bodies and into the back of the net via Kompany’s touch away from Ospina.
David Silva looked to put the game beyond any doubt, turning Chambers inside box before firing in the third with a shot across goal, as City stormed to a 3-0 lead with 25 minutes to go.
The Manchester outfit would require no more goals on their way to cup glory, with the League Cup evading Wenger’s grasp for a third time in his decorated Arsenal career.
By Patrick Ribeiro
Player Ratings: David Ospina (4) – Héctor Bellerín (5), Calum Chambers (6), Shkodran Mustafi (4), Laurent Koscielny (6), Nacho Monreal (5) – Mesut Özil (5), Aaron Ramsey (5), Granit Xhaka (4), Jack Wilshere (6) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (5)
Subs: Danny Welbeck (5), Alex Iwobi (5)