Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City
MANCHESTER CITY beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final with goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva. See how the drama unfolded with Express Sport
Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final with goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
Aguero scored in the first half, outmuscling Shkodran Mustafi to reach goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s long ball before lobbing David Ospina from the edge of the box.
Kompany diverted in Ilkay Gundogan’s shot after Kevin De Bruyne’s well-worked corner and Silva fired home a third in the 65th minute to make the game safe.
The result brought City boss Pep Guardiola his first trophy in English football and left Arsene Wenger still without a League Cup title in his Arsenal career.
ARSENAL 0-3 MANCHESTER CITY
THAT’S ALL FOLKS
Thank you for joining me tonight folks. Pep Guardiola claimed his first trophy in English football, and I’m betting that it won’t be his last. Night!
18:46: Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero: “For me and for the team it is always a special trophy. We are happy and I am very happy. We were better than them and now we have to focus on the next game and think about the Premier League.”
18:45: No manager has lost more League Cup finals than Arsene Wenger (2007, 2011 and 2018), level with Alex Ferguson (who also won the trophy four times).
18:43: Vincent Kompany and co collect their medals and the captain lifts the trophy to a giant roar. He’s almost in tears with joy. Quite nice to see.
Manchester City are the 2018 Carabao Cup champions
18:42: No Pep? The Spanish tactician has decided to let his players go and grab the trophy as he watches from the pitch.
18:40: Emotional scenes for Vincent Kompany as he climbs the Wembley stairs to lift the trophy. He’s high-fiving everyone on his way up.
18:38: Manchester City have won the League Cup for the fifth time in their history – only Liverpool (8) have won it more often.
18:35: Manchester City captain and goalscorer Vincent Kompany: “It was a difficult game but we did really well. I’m really proud of the team performance. It’s a massive result.”
18:30: Manchester City star Sergio Aguero: “For me and the team it’s a special trophy. We are very happy. It’s important for us, the team, the staff and the club. We have to keep going. We will celebrate and then focus on the Premier League.”
FT: Manchester City have won the Carabao Cup after a dominant victory over Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.
Pep Gaurdiola punches the air and hugs everyone in sight as he lays his hands on his first piece of silverware in England.
90: Three minutes of added time to be played here. Not quite sure why we’re bothering.
88: Arsenal are dominating the ball in these final stages, but only because Manchester City have completely taken their foot off the gas. We’re virtually at walking pace.
Sergio Aguero receives a standing ovation as he leaves the field. Phil Foden comes on for the closing stages.
86: City fans belting out a rendition of “Blue Moon” as the Arsenal fans continue to filter out.
I suppose there will be a lengthy inquest into why Arsenal were so poor today, and indeed Arsene Wenger’s future at the club.
83: Kompany booked for dragging back Welbeck. We’ve had a lengthy pause in play as Kyle Walker receives treatment. City playing with ten men at the moment. As if it matters…
81: Attendance confirmed. It’s 85,671, but I think there’s much less than that now as Arsenal fans begin to pour out of Wembley.
80: It doesn’t get any easier for Arsenal as Gabriel Jesus replaces Leroy Sane for the closing stages.
78: More from Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville: “I’ve not really liked the defending for a long time, I’ve not really liked the leadership or the character or the spirit on the pitch. But you’ve always liked the football. I don’t even like the football any more. I don’t even like the football any more. This is a dark, dark day. This team just have not shown up.”
75: This must hurt the Gunners fans in attendance. City have cracked open the ‘Olé’ chant as Arsenal players chase shadows.
73: Arsenal have conceded 3+ goals at Wembley for the first time since October 1999 (2-4 v Barcelona in the Champions League).
71: Leroy Sane looks to get in down the left flank but Ospina is quickly off his line.
No sign of an Arsenal revival. In fact, I think most of their fans agree with Gary Neville’s scathing assessment that they’ve been an ‘utter disgrace’ today.
Welbeck and Iwobi on for Chambers and Ramsey.
68: It looks over now – City are three-up with goals form their longest serving players – Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
Kompany had already gone close with a deflected shot just after the break. But he muscled in front of Koscielny to get his toe on Gundogan’s shot and divert it into the net to make it 2-0.
Raises question marks about Arsenal’s defending again. No-one was close enough to Gundogan as he fired in his shot from the edge of the area after De Bruyne had played a corner back to him.
Silva added the third with a shot into the far corner after City had opened up Gunners again.
A blow for City – if not for this game but for their forthcoming fixtures – is that defensive midfielder Fernandinho is off with what looks like a hamstring pull. That will almost certainly rule him out of the Premier League return with the Gunners on Thursday and next Sunday’s showdown with Chelsea.
Gundogan has dropped into Fernandinho’s place, with De Bruyne brought inside alongside him and Bernardo Silva coming on on the right.
ARSENAL 0-3 MANCHESTER CITY – SILVA
65: This is getting embarrassing now.
Arsenal have completely thrown in the towel and have allowed Manchester City straight through them.
Danilo plays a delicious reverse no-look pass through to David Silva, who spins and converts into the far corner.
Three legendary scorers for Manchester City. The old gang…
64: I tell you what, Gary Neville is going ballistic on Arsenal here. He’s furious that the Arsenal players are just walking around the pitch and look to have accepted defeat.
62: Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville: “It’s been bad. There’s 30,000 Arsenal fans to my left. They deserve more and need more in this last half-an-hour. Their team has shown them nothing. If you put the defending aside, their football has been bad. Their passing has been bad.”
60: Well it’s a fairy tale script for Manchester City and Vincent Kompany. The Belgian has missed plenty of big days like these with injuries and gets a reward for battling his way through the tough times.
ARSENAL 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY – KOMPANY
59: And he does! Wembley is bouncing after Vincent Kompany doubles Manchester City’s advantage.
The centre-back, who won the corner, times his run to perfection to divert Ilkay Gundogan’s low shot into the back of the net.
58: One of the biggest cheers of the afternoon as Vincent Kompany pulls out the silky skills to win a corner for his side.
Be even louder if he can score from this…
57: OH. MY. WORD. Claudio Bravo is an absolute shambles. The goalkeeper rushes to meet a speculative ball over the top and completely misses it!
He’s lucky that Aubameyang couldn’t get it under control and eventually fouled him. Comedy gold.
56: Right, what has Pep Guardiola done with this formation? It looks like Silva will play on the right with Kevin De Bruyne dropping into a deeper role.
55: That could be a blessing in disguise. Fernandinho looks to have pinged his hamstring. The midfielder, who is already on a booking and looked likely to grab another, is replaced by Bernardo Silva.
53: I’d be pretty worried if I were an Arsenal fan watching this right now. The Gunners have barely touched the ball since the resumption.
50: Close! Vincent Kompany pounces on a loose ball and swipes at it. It looks to be heading for the bottom corner until Koscielny makes a block.
48: Didn’t take long. City already look like shifting through the gears. Chambers pulls Aguero back and collects a booking.
Kevin De Bruyne delivers the free-kick and Otamendi glances it a few yards wide of the post via a deflection.
45: And we’re back underway folks. No changes for either side, Arsenal will need to change the way they’re playing to trouble Pep Guardiola’s side.
WENGER vs GUARDIOLA
HT: It all got pretty heated between Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger after Sergio Aguero’s opener.
It wasn’t quite Wenger vs Mourinho, when the Frenchman pushed the Manchester United manager, but something wound him up.
Anyway, it turns out the pair shook hands briefly after and all is hunky-dory again. Until the next goal…
Aaron: The standard of quality in that first-half has been absolutely pathetic! One of the worst halves of football I’ve ever seen in a final!
Daniel: Aubameyang looks 6 months behind the pace. This year will be a nothing year – can’t play Europa and we’re 6th. Anything else he can do is a bonus. Next year he will shine.
Lee: Jack Wilshire has been watching Dele Ali too much. Another player far too concerned with going to ground.
ARSENAL 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY
HT: And that’s the break. Manchester City are ahead courtesy of a glaring Shkodran Mustafi error and a tidy finish from the lethal Sergio Aguero.
Neither side have shown anything like their best. The pressure that a final can bring, eh?
45: City not making the most of their chances. Sane gets in down the left and clips the ball straight to Ospina with zero venom on. Easy take.
44: Fernandinho walking the tightrope. He’s already on a yellow and clumsily brought down Jack Wilshere for the second time in five minutes. Referee Craig Pawson gives him his final warning.
42: Arsenal are getting tons of free-kicks between 35 and 40 yards out, they’ve yet to deliver a single decent ball into the middle from one.
40: Sergio Aguero with a delightful signature run and chip that Koscielny manages to hook off the line. The loose ball falls to Kevin De Bruyne, who volleyed into the side-netting.
39: Mesut Ozil complete the hat-trick of free-kicks that completely miss everyone in the box. Congratulations.
38: Bosh! Vincent Kompany rolls back the years with a terrific recovery challenge to prevent Aubameyang from pulling the trigger. Looked for all the world that the ex-Dortmund striker would get a shot off.
35: Want some hope, Arsenal fans? Well, Arsenal have come from a goal down to win 2-1 in both of their previous League Cup final triumphs.
That sounded more helpful in my head…
33: That would have been a memorable equaliser for Jack. The midfielder latches onto Aubameyang’s knock-down before slicing it miles over the bar.
Analysis from our reporter Richard Tanner, at Wembley
29: That’s a rarity for City this season – a route one goal! A long Bravo goal-kick, a little nudge by Aguero on Mustafi and the Argentinian was left with a clear run on goal before lobbing Ospina for his 199th for City.
VAR ref Neil Swarbrick looked at it and decided there wasn’t enough in the ‘nudge’ to disallow the goal despite the protests of Mustafi and Wenger.
Another blow for the Gunners is that Monreal is off after picking up a knock and Kolasinac is on at left wing-back.
28: That’s the last thing Arsenal need. Nacho Monreal has been forced off with an injury. Sead ‘BEAST’ Kolasinac replaces him.
I seem to remember Kolasinac scoring here against Chelsea in August’s Community Shield…
25: Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last five games in all competitions against Arsenal; against no other side has he netted in more successive appearances for Manchester City.
23: Arsenal look to hit back immediately but Ramsey’s low free-kick is straight at Bravo. Bellerin then grabs himself a booking for pushing De Bruyne to the floor.
20: Drama! Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger are having it out on the sidelines! No idea what started it but they are livid.
I think Arsene Wenger thinks Aguero fouled Mustafi in the build-up to Aguero’s opener, but in reality it was just a horrendous piece of defending.
ARSENAL 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY – AGUERO
19: Guess who? Yep, Sergio Aguero has made the breakthrough with the one of the simplest goals he’ll ever score. I think it was a Bravo assist!
The goalkeeper punts it long and Mustafi completely misjudges the header. His mistake allows the Argentine to race through and lob the onrushing Ospina.
First blood to City.
18: Arsenal gradually gaining a foot-hold here at Wembley. They are trying to play their way through midfield instead of punting it long for Aubameyang to chase.
City hearts in mouths as the ball is played back to Bravo, who decides to do a song and dance before clearing.
15: Nacho Monreal flies to the deck in dramatic fashion inside the Manchester City penalty area. He quickly jumps to his feet when he realises referee Craig Pawson isn’t interested. Lucky to avoid a booking for simulation.
12: Arsenal haven’t really been able to keep the ball for any significant amount of time. City bossing things in midfield as the Gunners retreat deeper and deeper.
9: You’re joking! How on earth haven’t Arsenal scored? It’s a simple ball over the top and Aaron Ramsey lays it wide for Mesut Ozil, who decides to cross instead of shoot. Aubameyang gets a toe on it but Bravo makes the save.
Seconds later Aguero shoots into the side-netting having been sent through by Silva.
5: If you’ve seen any Manchester City match this season you’ll have a fair idea of how things have started here. City seeing virtually 100 per cent possession as Arsenal hunker down.
3: I’m a real sucker for a final. Think I might have gone overboard wearing a tuxedo though…
Anyway, City are straight into the ascendancy with Leroy Sane seeing an angled volley deflected wide by Aaron Ramsey.
1: We’re underway folks! Remember that we’ve got VAR in operation today. I’m sure that won’t steal the headlines…
16:28: Here comes the national anthem. Couldn’t have done it better myself. Tone deaf you see…
16:27: What a day for a final! The players are currently going through the formalities of shaking hands with every sponsor under the sun.
Bet they love doing that…
16:23: Pep Guardiola has risked controversy by arriving at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final wearing the yellow ribbon which this week brought a disciplinary charge.
The Manchester City manager was charged by the Football Association on Friday for “wearing a political message” having been sporting the symbol at matches in recent months.
Guardiola has previously said the item shows his support for politicians imprisoned in his native Catalonia following October’s unofficial independence referendum.
Guardiola has ignored two warnings from the FA, with the governing body considering the matter a potential breach of kit and advertising regulations.
Analysis from our reporter Matt Dunn, at Wembley
16:20: Arsene Wenger plans to stop Manchester City with an out-of-form player playing in a formation that he does not like and which the team have not used since in their last seven matches.
Calum Chambers scored one own goal and was at fault for the second against Ostersunds on Thursday and yet has bolstered a return to a back three despite Wenger saying in December that four-at-the-back was his “preferred system”.
He nevertheless stuck with a trio up until the 4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace, but clearly feels the extra man at the centre can work again as it did at Wembley in last season’s semi-final against City in April.
As well as offering more protection it does mean he can accommodate fit-again Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in a side that will need plenty of invention if it is to hurt City enough in 90 minutes this afternoon.
Analysis from our reporter Richard Tanner, at Wembley
16:15: Gabriel Jesus’s return on the bench after 12 games out is a major boost for City. But the bad news for them is that Raheem Sterling has failed to late fitness test on his hamstring injury and is not in the squad.
Guardiola has preferred to go with the experience of skipper Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi in the centre of his defence ahead of John Stones and new boy Aymeric Laporte, who are both on the bench.
And despite Danilo’s recent defensive vulnerability, the Brazilian utility man has got the nod over Oleksandr Zinchenko at left back.
As expected, Claudio Bravo – who has played in every domestic cup game this season – is in goal with No 1 Ederson on a bench that in total is worth over £200m.
Of those seven subs , Zinchenko cost only £1.7m while Phil Foden is home-grown.
16:10: Here are the line-ups for today’s final folks. No Raheem Sterling but Jesus completes his miraculous recovery to take a place on the bench.
Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Aubameyang.
Subs: Cech, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck.
Manchester City XI: Bravo, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero.
Subs: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Foden, Jesus.
ARSENAL vs MANCHESTER CITY – TEAM NEWS
Aaron Ramsey is winning his battle to be fit.
The Wales international has missed the last three games with a groin injury but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident he will now be ready to be involved at Wembley.
Mesut Ozil is also expected to be available after illness while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can plan having been ineligible in the Europa League – meanwhile Alexandre Lacazette (knee) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) are out and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied.
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is OUT of the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal.
Striker Gabriel Jesus (knee) could come into contention after almost two months out but a change will be required at left-back with Fabian Delph suspended. Oleksandr Zinchenko or Danilo could feature with Benjamin Mendy (knee) out long term.
Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed Claudio Bravo will retain his place in goal having featured in all domestic cup matches this season.
Carabao Cup final live stream
The final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports’ main event and football channels (Sky 401 and 403, Virgin Media 511 and 513, BT TV 402 SD and 437 HD). It can also be streamed live online via Sky Go.
A highlights package will also be broadcast on Sky’s football-only channel at 9:45pm.