Arsenal slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this afternoon, taking their wait for League Cup victory to 25 years since they last won.
Sergio Agüero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva got on the scoresheet for Pep Guardiola’s men, who comfortably picked up their first piece of silverware this season, the first of the Spaniard’s tenure with the club.
City’s Argentinan superstar striker got the Cityzens off to a perfect start, shrugging off a feeble Shkodran Mustafi to get his side off the mark, dinking the ball over the out-rushing David Ospina.
Kompany doubled City’s lead early in the second half, after Kevin De Bruyne played a low ball from a corner to Ilkay Gundogan, whose low driven shot was diverted goal-bound and poked home by the City captain.
David Silva wrapped the game up shortly afterwards, sharply turning Calum Chambers to slot home after smart intricate play from Danilo allowed the Brazilian to set Silva free.
Here we rate the performances of Arsenal’s players during the game.
David Ospina - 5
Despite not being helped out by his defence, who played abysmally, Ospina didn’t cut a figure of confidence. The Colombian was poor at commanding his box, and his distribution was shaky.
Calum Chambers - 5
Wasn’t too bad at the start, getting a few decent blocks in. However, as the game went on and Arsenal’s defence was stretched, Chambers was left chasing shadows.
Laurent Koscielny - 5
Although never shying away from putting his body on the line, the Frenchman was too slow in moving the ball to offer anything as the Gunners’ extra man.
Shkodran Mustafi - 3
Nightmarish display from the German, who will want to forget the opening goal where he was embarrassingly barged off a routine long-ball with ease.
Héctor Bellerín - 4
Bellerín spent too much time worrying about containing the threat posed by Danilo and Leroy Sané that not only did he fail to do so, he also offered nothing going forward.
Jack Wilshere - 6
Was able to find some space out on the left and was the brightest spark at Arsene Wenger’s disposal, but cut a frustrated figure as the game moved away from him.
Granit Xhaka - 4
Lamentable effort from the Swiss international, who was all too happy to be a backseat passenger. Tasked with operating the engine room for the Gunners, but evidently forgot how to do so.
Nacho Monreal - 4
Never looked comfortable in the early stages, but was withdrawn before the half hour mark so largely failed to make an impact at all.
Mesut Özil - 4
Mercurial as anticipated, Özil once again proved that he cannot be relied upon for the big occasion, and unlike Alexis Sanchez, isn’t willing to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and drag his side over the line.
Aaron Ramsey - 5
Unlike some of his fellow midfielders, Ramsey showed fight but was constantly overrun. Couldn’t get into the upper gears, and was sacrificed once victory was out of sight.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 5
Failed to capitalise on a good opportunity early on, although in part this was due to a fantastic challenge from Kyle Walker. Other than that, PEA did nothing to threaten Kompany, who marshalled his defence well to neutralise the Gabon hitman.
Sead Kolašinac – 5
Wasn’t expected too play so much after Monreal’s untimely injury, and did little to impress.
Alex Iwobi – 6
Made some dynamic runs, challenge Claudio Bravo late on, but made little to no impact.
Danny Welbeck – 4
Failed to make any impact after being introduced.