Arsenal continue to falter

Full-time result

Arsenal

Lacazette A. (31′)

1

4

Manchester City

Gabriel Jesus (3′)
Mahrez R. (54′)
Foden P. (59′)
Laporte A. (73′)

MATCH STATS

Ball Possession: 43% – 57%
Goal Attempts: 6 – 13
Shots on Goal: 2 – 7
Shots off Goal: 4 – 4
Blocked Shots: 0 – 2
Free Kicks: 8 – 15
Corner Kicks: 1 – 5
Offsides: 5 – 1
Goalkeeper Saves: 3 – 1
Fouls: 9 – 8
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 2 – 1
Attacks: 86 – 123
Dangerous Attacks: 29 – 48

The journey of Arsenal in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup was brought to an end by a resilient City side, who are aiming to win the competition for a fourth straight season.

Mikel Arteta came up against his former employers once again but still, he couldn’t find a way to beat them at home, making it the Spaniard’s third straight home loss to Pep Guardiola in all competitions.

City got the first goal of the encounter just 2 minutes into the game, with Gabriel Jesus nodding Zinchenko’s cross into the net of Runarsson to put the citizens ahead and end his goal drought. Alexandre Lacazette leveled the scoreline in the 31st minute, also nodding a brilliant Martinelli’s cross from the left into the net to give the Gunners some hope. But things would turn sour for the Gunners 9 minutes into the second half when Runarsson let a Riyad Mahrez freekick slip away from his grasp and into the net to put the Citizens ahead again. Phil Foden got the third goal for City after latching unto a through ball from Fernandinho and dinking the ball over the onrushing Runarsson to put Man City firmly in control of the tie before Emeric Laporte got the 4th and final goal for City, stealing in at the back post to head in Foden’s cross to send City through to the semi-finals and further condemn Arteta’s men to misery.

on the result...

A really painful moment, again. We started the game by conceding a really early and really soft goal and after that, in this moment, to get through that is obviously difficult. But the players reacted to be fair and they started to grow as the game was moving forwards. We scored a goal, a really good goal and after that I think that we were the better team for the next 25 minutes. But when we had the best moments in the game, we conceded another soft goal and that makes it even harder. But still, we kept going and we had an open situation where we could’ve played Laca through and we missed the pass and then they scored the third goal in an offside position. Obviously after that moment, the game is over.

~ Mikel Arteta

WHAT IT MEANS

Having seen off Leicester and Liverpool in the previous two rounds, our Carabao Cup campaign ended at the quarter-final stage for the 14th time in our history, and we must turn our focus back to the Premier League once more.

WHAT’S NEXT

Arsenal has been beaten again by Guardiola and this time, it has put Mikel Arteta into a very tight corner as he looks to solve the Gunners woeful season, where they currently lie 15th in the Premier League table and they have a very testing game at the weekend against long time London rivals, Chelsea, who are currently contesting at the top of the table. Should the Gunners lose that encounter, they face a very stern relegation battle before the turn of the new year.

COYG!!!

Match Review by Patrick Alexander