Arsenal’s Premier League woes continued in the Carabao Cup, as the North London side were hammered by a rampant Manchester City side.
Both sides have been sub par this term, with the home side, Arsenal, languishing in 15th, while big spenders, City sit 8th on the log. Both teams have also been struggling in front of goal, with Arsenal managing just 12 goals after 14 games, and City 19 goals in 13 games. This is very poor especially when you reckon that Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, who currently leads the top scorers chart has 13 goals this term and league leaders Liverpool, have already buried 36 of their chances.
However, League form is not always same with continental and cup form, as it can be seen with both teams doing especially well in Europe, where they both topped their respective UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League groups.
Mikel Arteta made some changes to the side that lost to Everton over the weekend, bringing in some academy players, notably Runar Runarsson who committed a blunder leading to City’s second of the night.
City also made some changes, but still looked very strong, with the likes of Fernandinho who wore the armband, Mahrez and goalkeeper, Steffen, all coming into the side.
City wasted no time in getting their first goal, as a teasing cross from the left byline was met by Gabriel Jesus in the 3rd minute.
However, Arsenal restored parity in the 31st minute, after Gabriel Martinelli delivered a thumping cross for the misfiring Lacazette to head it home for 1:1. That was Arsenal’s first real attack of the game.
Any hopes of Arsenal pulling off an underdog upset here were quickly buried early in the second half, after Riyad Mahrez and Phill Foden scored two in the space of 5 minutes.
Arsenal struggled to start and finish off moves and with 17 minutes left on the clock, City added a fourth, this time through defender, Aymeric Laporte.