Manchester City advanced to the semifinals of the English Football League Cup or the Carabao Cup, as some call it. The Citizens outclassed Arsenal on the road, 1-4, inflicting Arteta’s team another loss, and putting additional pressure on the Spanish manager.
The guests’ fury in the second half took down Arsenal, with the Sky-Blues netting three times in those 45 minutes. However, it needs to be said that two major mistakes, one by Arsenal’s goalkeeper and the other coming from the linesman, made their situations much easier. But to start from the beginning.
Gabriel Jesus hit the back of Arsenal’s net in the third minute, following Zinchenko’s assist. The Brazilian’s header easily beat Runarsson from the goalkeeper area.
Arsenal couldn’t reach City’s half, while on the other side, one by one, guests’ players sent shots towards Gunners’ goal. Yet, right out of nowhere, Arsenal leveled the score in the 32nd minute, as Alexandre Lacazette capitalized on Martinelli’s assist.
It was just a temporary shock for Man City, who would regain the confidence until the end of the half, reestablishing the control of the field. Jesus missed a golden opportunity to bring back the edge to his team’s side.
All that was forgotten early on in the second half. Runarsson’s amateur reaction when Mahrez took a free-kick in the 55th minute made it 1-2 for City, and four minutes after that, the linesman made a colossal error.
Phil Foden was in clear offside, but there was no reaction, and the English national team member scored for 1-3. VAR system is not available in EFL Cup, and there was no chance for challenging that decision. The same player recorded an assist in the 79th minute, setting up a position to Aymeric Laporte for easy execution.
This was Man City’s fifth victory in a row against Arsenal at Emirates, and they became the first team in the last 55 years to defeat the Gunners in five consecutive matches on the road.
Earlier today, Brentford made a big surprise by eliminating the Premier League side, Newcastle, 1-0.
Two remaining places in the semifinals will be filled after Wednesday’s games. Stoke awaits Tottenham Hotspur at their bet365 Stadium.
In the second clash, Everton and Manchester United take on one another at Goodison Park.