Pep Guardiola has got off the mark with his first piece of silverware in English football, courtesy of Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The Citizens triumphed in the competition for the third time in five years through goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva under the famous arch.
City barely had to break stride to earn their first trophy under Guardiola, with Arsenal failing to get going at all in the second half as they suffered a fourth defeat in six matches, leaving them with just the Europa League to fight for.
In the maiden major final between these two sides in any competition, it was Arsenal who created the first big chance which they were unable to take.
After being picked out by Mesut Ozil at the back post, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could not quite make contact with his initial shot thanks to good defensive work from Kyle Walker, but Claudio Bravo was still required to stop the ball crossing the line.
Kompany found a way through shortly before the hour with an instinctive finish, though, helping Ilkay Gundogan’s shot past a wrong-footed Ospina for a killer second.
Arsenal, with just six goals to their name throughout this year’s competition, had an even bigger mountain to climb seven minutes later once Silva rounded off a nice team move, sending the ball past Ospina from a slight angle following an assist from Danilo.
Arsene Wenger, beaten in the final for a third time in a row, finally changed things around at that point by bringing on striker Danny Welbeck for defender Calum Chambers.