Manchester City celebrated their first trophy success under manager Pep Guardiola as they secured a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Arsenal in the League Cup final this afternoon. The Premier League leaders were the dominant side from the off and Sergio Aguero opened the scoring within the 18th minute after he took advantage of a defensive lapse from Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi. Following the interval, the Citizens continued the same vein of dominance with goals from skipper Vincent Kompany and David Silva assuring them of their first silverware of the campaign.
Two Things We Learned:
City on course for a domestic double: Manchester City suffered a huge disappointment last weekend after they were surprisingly ousted by Wigan in the FA Cup. As such, their ambitions of a quadruple was shattered but they nevertheless came with a strong response to secure a thumping victory over Arsene Wenger’s side at the Wembley. With the result, Guardiola’s team appear assured of at least a domestic double with the Premier League pretty much a foregone conclusion with their significant lead over second-placed Manchester United. City are also expected to compete for the Champions League crown, though the competition remains fierce.
Arsenal’s season dependent on the Europa League: Arsenal’s league season has been in tatters since the turn of the year and their confidence will surely have been dented further with a demoralising League Cup final defeat. Nonetheless, they have plenty to fight for in terms of the Europa League and winning the competition could make or break their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, given they are likely to struggle to finish in the top four for the second campaign running. Arsenal are presently 10 points behind the Champions League positions with a game in hand over Manchester City scheduled for Thursday night.
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