The bad run of Arsenal seems to continue after Mikel Arteta’s men concede their first goal during the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup from City’s first attack.
City streamed forward and Phil Foden released a wide pass to Oleksandr Zinchenko. The delivery of the Ukraine defender was met by the unmarked Gabriel Jesus, who somehow found a space among three Arsenal centre backs to head home from close range.
Arsenal conceded without even touching the ball. Watch the goals below.
This was Jesus’s first goal since netting against Liverpool on 8 November. They eventually piled on the misery for Arsenal with a ruthless performance at Emirates Stadium to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals after securing a 4-1 victory.
After settling down into the encounter, the hosts eventually levelled with their first serious attempt. Teenage Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli provided an excellent cross for Alexandre Lacazette to head home.
After the resumption of the second interval, City scored twice in five second-half minutes to seal the victory. Keeper Runar Alex Runarsson allowed Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick to squirm through his gloves and into the net before Phil Foden added the third with a dink over Arsenal’s Iceland stopper.
Foden was offside after Fernandinho’s pass, but since there was no video assistant referee system in operation, the goal was allowed to stand.
Laporte scored City’s 4th when he met Foden’s lovely curling cross to head home unmarked.
Arsenal problem continues as they exit Carabao
Arsenal’s exit from their first competition is not a surprise judging from their form in the last seven Premier League games.
If this problem continues to mount after being sent packing from the EFL Cup following a catalogue of errors against a City side that had been misfiring in recent weeks, then there is no sign of good things to come for Gunners soon.
Their dip in form is coming during the festive period where the games are coming in thick and fast.
Although they showed some character after falling behind in the third minute but couldn’t continue in the second half after restoring parity. They could be blamed for their own downfall as City took complete control in the second half. This is a City that has scored just two goals in their last three games.
This summed Arsenal’s night: poor marking for the first and last goals while the goalkeeper is to be blamed for his glaring errors that gifted City the second and third.
The only positive for Arteta in this game is Martinelli as he trails Pep Guardiola 3-1 in the battle between the City boss and his former assistant.
The Brazilian who just returned from a long layoff looked sharp and hungry, while his assist was one of the best moments of the game for the hosts.
Now that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out injured, Arteta can put the Brazilian in the fray and some other hungry lads like him as his time keeps running out.