After causing more pain on Mikel Arteta’s beleaguered Arsenal, Manchester City eased into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. Throughout their Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal, Manchester City were the superior power.
In the middle of a disastrous sprint, the Gunners’ expectations of a swift start to ease their nerves were quickly shattered within three minutes.
Before whipping in a teasing ball towards the front post, Oleksandr Zinchenko found space down the center, Gabriel Jesus ghosted between Shkodran Mustafi’s loose marking and Gabriel Magalhaes to glimpse his header unmarked inside the far corner.
City did not make the most of Arsenal goalkeeper Rúnar Rúnarsson, but it ended in a couple of set pieces that finally contributed to nothing.
Arsenal then won a lifeline against the run of play, when Alexandre Lacazette added parity back to the scores. Before a lovely ball stood up in the six-yard box, Gabriel Martinelli latched onto a loose ball down the left side.
On the edge of the region, Riyad Mahrez presides over a free-kick, but his attempt seemed bound for the second-string stopper gloves. In a case he would be expected to save 999 times out of 1,000, the ball somehow squirted from his glove onto the side netting.
As Phil Foden made it 3-1 with a sublime finish, things went from poor to worse moments later. Replays suggested that the young intruder had strayed offside, but the target stood without VAR available in the Carabao Cup.
After Phil Foden’s delightful task, Aymeric Laporte then added a fourth to craft a yard of space and then cross.
As Sergio Aguero trotted on to meet an exhausted and demoralized defense, the last man Arsenal desired to see brought to the action was then called upon.
Man City ultimately progressed to the semi-final stages via a 4-1 scoreline.