Man City Hammers Arsenal 4-1 in Carabao Cup
Carabao Cup holders Man City hammered struggling Arsenal 4-1 to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a ruthless performance at Emirates Stadium.
Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring with a well-nodded ball to hand Man City the lead in the first two minutes of the game. The Brazilian forward completely unmarked inside the six-yard area when he met Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross.
The Gunners were desperate for the first 25 minutes, French defender Aymeric Laporte heading a great chance wide before the hosts levelled with their first serious attempt.
Nineteen-year-old Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli provided an excellent cross for Alexandre Lacazette to head home but City scored twice in five second-half minutes to seal victory.
They went into the first half break on levelled scores but the visitors came back more hungry than the host. Runar Alex Runarsson allowed Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick to squirm through his gloves and into the net before Phil Foden added the third with a dink over Arsenal’s Iceland stopper.
Foden looked offside after Fernandinho’s pass but with no video assistant referee system in operation, the goal was allowed to stand. There was nothing controversial about City’s fourth goal, Laporte meeting Foden’s lovely curling cross to head home unmarked.
With Man City beating Arsenal 4-1, their problems continue to mount after being turfed out of the EFL Cup. They are yet to win any game after they beat Manchester United in the English Premier League.
It was really a bad night for the former Man City assistant coach Mikel Arteta who was seeking a big performance after a wretched run of form left them languishing 15th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone.
Instead poor marking was to blame for the first and fourth goals, while a glaring goalkeeping error gifted Man City their second.
If there was any positive for Arteta, who now trails Pep Guardiola 3-1 in the battle between the City boss and his former assistant, it came in the shape of Martinelli.