Live: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City

Carabao Cup Final

Live: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City

Carabao Cup Final

25 February 2018 Sunday 19:09
Live: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City

Manchester City are winners of the EFL Cup for a fifth time, with three of those triumphs coming in the last five years. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring 18 minutes in through a lofted finish over David Ospina, before Vincent Kompany and David Silva found a way through in the second half.



90+1 minThe referee has decided to add on three minutes of added time, so the first piece of silverware under Guardiola is now in sight for City. Bellerin has just hammered the ball high and wide, signalling the exit for more Arsenal supporters.

89 minMANCHESTER CITY SUB! Talented youngster Phil Foden is now on for Sergio Aguero, who has finally made his mark on a major final. A booking for Jack Wilshere late on here, too, as we enter added time in the English capital.

87 minThere will be no joy for Wenger in his 22nd attempt at winning this trophy, but for Guardiola it is a 22nd major honour during his managerial career - and a first with treble-chasing City. This really could be a special campaign.

85 minJust five minutes left to play at Wembley Stadium now. Very little goalmouth action throughout this second half, with City converting two of their three chances and Xhaka blasting over from pretty much Arsenal's only shooting chance.

83 minCity still on course for a treble, then, with the Premier League surely a formality and the Champions League really starting to heat up. Arsenal, on the other hand, have now lost four of their last six games and need to somehow pick themselves up.

81 minYELLOW CARD! Vincent Kompany is booked for a foul, joining the since-subbed Fernandinho in the referee's notebook. Think everyone inside Wembley now pretty much ready for the full-time whistle to sound - this one is over.

79 minMANCHESTER CITY SUB! Guardiola with the luxury of easing Gabriel Jesus, without a minute of football in 2018, back to action late on here. Leroy Sane makes way, so there is a chance for him to build his connection with Aguero.

77 minSHOT! An error at the back allows Xhaka to pick up the ball 20 yards out, but he can only send it flying high and wide, with players better positioned either side. Think that pretty much sums things up from Arsenal's perspective.

75 minNow into the final 15 minutes of the EFL Cup final and there is no real sign of Arsenal finding a way back into the match. Not been the most entertaining of games, truth be told, though full credit to City for taking pretty much each and every chance.

73 minARSENAL SUB! Man City, who take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, now going through the motions and ticking down the minutes. Iwobi has just been brought on for Ramsey in the Gunners' final change of the contest.

71 minA little under 20 minutes to go at Wembley Stadium and City are well and truly in cruise control now. The Citizens were comfortable at 1-0 and have since gone on to add another couple of goals to their tally. The EFL Cup is theirs.

69 minARSENAL SUB! Wenger was hoping to make a change prior to City's third, but the Citizens kept the ball in play for so long that he did not have a chance to do so. Danny Welbeck has now been introduced, taking over from Calum Chambers.

67 minMan City are now on the brink of their first piece of silverware under Guardiola, as David Silva has added his name to the scoresheet for his side's third goal of the evening. Danilo slipped the ball through for the Spaniard, who let it run slightly before blasting it past Ospina - brilliant finish.


64 minUnfortunately for Arsenal fans, Wenger is still stood on the touchline with his hands in his pockets - no signs of that change just yet. One goal for the Gunners will change the whole mood around Wembley, but it does not look like arriving.

62 minSo after struggling to get to grips with the game in this second half, Wenger is now staring at a two-goal deficit. The Frenchman still reluctant to change things around, though, and time is now fast ticking down. Iwobi and Welbeck the obvious options from the bench.

60 minCity bag themselves a potentially killer second just short of the hour mark, and it is skipper Vincent Kompany who bags it. Again, it is all very basic from the Citizens' perspective - De Bruyne's corner is struck goalwards by Gundogan from the edge of the box, before being diverted past a wrong-footed Ospina by Kompany six yards out.


58 minAlmost a real shocker for Bravo, who has a trademark rush of blood to the head when racing out to collect the ball. Aubameyang got there first but could not knock it past the keeper, and he then conceded a foul to end the promising moment.

56 minJust that one Kompany shot to report back on in the opening 11 minutes of the second half, which deflected off Koscielny and ended wide. The Gunners struggling to get a foothold on the contest at the moment - will Wenger turn to his bench in the next five minutes?

54 minMANCHESTER CITY SUB! A second enforced change of the afternoon, this time for City as Fernandinho limps off to be replaced by Bernardo Silva. Little less protection for the Citizens' defence now, with 36 minutes to play.

52 minArsenal with all 10 of their outfield players inside their own half at the back, with Man City the side enjoying more of the ball. Should the game continue in this manner, Wenger will surely look to tinker with things come the hour mark.

50 minCLOSE! One skipper blocks another, as Kompany's drive from the edge of the box deflects off Koscielny - one of two survivors from the 2011 defeat to Birmingham City - and ends wide of the the target. Decent enough attempt.

48 minJust six goals scored by Arsenal in their five matches to reach this stage, remember - the lowest tally of any side to compete in the final. Still, there is plenty of attacking quality in their ranks and you would fancy them to bag at least one.

46 minRESTART! We are back up and running in the EFL Cup final, with Arsenal requiring a goal in this second half to take us to extra time. It was a similar case when they met in the semis of the FA Cup last season, and the Gunners went on to win.


ARSENAL SUBS: Cech, Mertesacker, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Foden, Jesus

Half time: Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

Peep peep!

45 min There will be two minutes of added time.

44 min Sane curls a nothing shot from the left side of the box that is easily saved by Ospina.

42 min Wilshere is fouled by Fernandinho, who has already been booked. Craig Pawson plays the advantage, and when play breaks down Arsenal suggest he should give Fernandinho a second yellow card. He declines, and replays show that was the correct decision. But Fernandinho can’t risk giving away any more fouls. Next time there’ll be no next time.

41min A nervous moments for Arsenal. Aguero ignores the chance to play Sane through and goes on a meandering run around the defence before chipping the ball across goal from a tight angle. It clears Ospina and is shinned up in the air by Koscielny at the far post. The ball drops to De Bruyne, who lashes a volley into the side-netting at the near post.

37 min Fernandinho is booked for a foul on the lively Wilshere.

36 minThree shots on target so far at Wembley - two for Arsenal, with Ramsey and Aubameyang being kept out by Bravo; one for City, who converted from Aguero's brilliant lofted finish over Ospina. Still plenty of minutes left to play, though!

34 minYELLOW CARD! A high boot from the returning Ramsey, who is cautioned for the foul on David Silva. Surprised Arsenal have not looked for more balls over the top, as Aubameyang is in direct competition with the ageing Kompany.

32 minSane drops the shoulder to earn a yard of space, before sending in a decent enough cross. Mustafi was well positioned to clear it behind, however, and from the corner Kompany should have done a little better. Up the other end, Walker got a toe to the ball before Wilshere could shoot.

30 minWe have reached the half-hour mark at Wembley and things have become a little sloppy at the moment. City have still mustered just one attack all afternoon - route one at that - though they took the opportunity when it arrived, unlike their opponents.

28 minARSENAL SUB! Arsenal forced into an early sub, as Monreal has been struggling with an injury and has now been replaced by Kolasinac. Not a bad change to make, anyway, as it should give the Gunners some attacking impetus down the flank.

26 minSAVE! Bravo, with a third save of the match to go with his unlikely assist. Ramsey's free kick is saved in a simple enough fashion, before a counter-attack is launched and Bellerin booked for halting De Bruyne's run.

24 minWenger will be particularly disappointed by that setback as his side wasted a glorious chance early on through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Still, we have more than an hour still to play in London and this one is far from over just yet.

22 minAguero simply loves scoring against Arsenal, extending his run against the Gunners to five in five. This latest goal was as route one as you like, with stand-in goalkeeper Bravo claiming an assist. Arsenal still protesting the decision for the goal to stand, but VAR agreed that it was a fair.

20 minCity find the breakthrough goal through their first chance of the contest. As simple as you like, too, as Bravo punts the ball up the field and Aguero had the simple task of lifting the ball over Ospina. Mustafi felt he was shoved in the back; he wasn't - certainly not enough contact to warrant a free kick.


17 minMan City still awaiting their first shooting chance of the afternoon, having been restricted by their opponents so far. A stretched feel to the match, with both teams attempting to put attacking moves together.

15 minMonreal wants a penalty after going to ground inside the box, but replays show that it was a clear dive. Kompany did not make contact at the wing-back deserved to be cautioned for attempting to con referee Craig Pawson.

13 minA far more open feel to the match since that chance for Aubameyang, who has experience of playing in this stadium for Borussia Dortmund. Man City, well clear at the top of the Premier League table, yet to truly get going at Wembley.

11 minVAR is in use in a major English cup final for the first time this afternoon, incidentally, and it would have been required had Aubameyang converted from a few yards out. Credit to Walker and Bravo, who between them prevented what looked a certain goal.

9 minSAVE! Huge, huge moment in this match, as Aubameyang is twice denied from close range. Ozil was slipped through and unselfishly looked for the Gabonese, who was possibly offside, but Walker got a touch to the ball before he could make clean contact. The save was still required by Bravo, who was also there to keep out the tame follow-up.

7 minDe Bruyne forced out on to the left, where he manages to get a cross into the box. Far too close to Ospina, though, whose first piece of action is to collect the cross. Could be a case of the Belgian playmaker remaining patient for that one killer moment.

5 minCity attempting to make inroads down the Arsenal flanks, without really looking like creating much of anything so far. Ramsey, Wilshere and Xhaka having to work overtime this afternoon to prevent the opposition's attackers from finding space.

3 minTentative start to the contest at Wembley Stadium; neither side wanting to give anything away in the opening few minutes. A reminder that Arsenal are going with a back five this afternoon, or back three when the wing-backs push forward, which they have had previous success with.

1 minKICKOFF! The third high-profile game of the afternoon in England is under way - the difference being that this is the only one with some silverware up for grabs. A huge 90 minutes, or possibly more, await at Wembley Stadium.


Team to face Man City: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Aubameyang.

Subs: Cech, Kolasinac, Mertersacker, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck.


Team to face Arsenal: Bravo, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero.

Subs: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Foden, Jesu

Updated: 25.02.2018 21:48
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