Manchester City brushed Arsenal aside 3-0 to win the League Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the first title of the Pep Guardiola era.
City opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a long ball forward from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was collected by Sergio Aguero, who dinked the ball over a helpless David Ospina in the Arsenal goal.
Guardiola’s men completely dominated the final and captain Vincent Kompany doubled their lead in the second half with just over half an hour to go when he steered home Ilkay Gundogan’s shot from the edge of the box after a Kevin De Bruyne corner.
The game was put beyond the reach of Arsenal seven minutes later when David Silva smashed the ball past Ospina into the far corner of the net to make it 3-0 following incisive build-up play.
It was the perfect response from Guardiola’s team after a shock FA Cup defeat to lowly Wigan last week brought their bid for an unprecedented quadruple to a juddering halt.
The runaway Premier League leaders will now be hoping to build on the victory for greater success as the business end of the season approaches.
They remain in contention in the Champions League after overpowering FC Basle 4-0 in the first leg of their last 16 clash.