Arsenal vs Manchester City, EFL Cup final: Manchester City win fifth league cup title

Goals from Aguero, Kompany, and Silva gives Man City their first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era.

Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley.

Arsenal vs Manchester City, EFL Cup final: England’s first domestic silverware of the 2017-18 season went to Manchester City as they beat Arsenal 3-0 to clinch the EFL Cup. Goals from Aguero, Kompany, and Silva gives Man City their first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era. Throughout the match, City exerted their authority and superiority over a lackluster Arsenal. The gunners looked disjointed from the start and never looked like posing a real threat. For his brilliant performance in the match, skipper Vincent Kompany was awarded the Man of the Match. Reflecting on his team’s win a delighted Kompany said, “Before the game I thought I would score. I’m training well, I’m supporting the lads when I don’t play, and when I do play I give everything I have. I’m really proud of the team. It’s worth every minute of hard work recovering from injury for days like this.” Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger and his side have a lot to think about as they regroup from back to back defeats in Europa League and EFL Cup final.


Arsenal vs Manchester City, EFL Cup final: As it happened

  1. 12:05AM
    26 Feb, 18
    FULL TIME!  

    That's It! Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-0 to win the EFL Cup. Goals from Aguero, Kompany, and Silva gives Man City their first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era.  A dominating performance by the blue half of Manchester.

  2. 11:50PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Yellow Card! 3 min added on for Extra Time

    Jack Wilshere enters the referee's book for dissent. Manchester City are happy with the 3-0 lead and have now parked the bus. They are dominating possession, no way back for Arsenal now

  3. 11:41PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Yellow Card

    Skipper Vincent Kompany is booked for a foul.

  4. 11:38PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Multiple Subs

    Gabriel Jesus comes on in place of Leroy Sane. Alex Iwobi replaces Aaron Ramsey.

  5. 11:30PM
    25 Feb, 18

    Danny Welbeck comes on for CalumChambers. But it may be a little bit too late for Arsenal.

  6. 11:28PM
    25 Feb, 18
    GOAL! ARS 0-3 MANC

    This time David Silva drills a low one past David Ospina. He makes a brilliant turn in front of the goal and slides the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle. Arsenal defence is in tatters and their fans are already leaving the stadium. City have their hands on the Cup now.

  7. 11:22PM
    25 Feb, 18
    GOAL! ARS 0-2 MANC

    Vincent Kompany scores to double City's lead. Man City have the trophy in a vice-like grip now. Kompany won the corner and then tapped the ball in past a hapless David Ospina.

  8. 11:13PM
    25 Feb, 18

    First change of the final for Manchester City as Fernandinho limps off and is going to be replaced by Bernardo Silva

  9. 11:07PM
    25 Feb, 18

    A minute into the second half and Callum Chambers is booked for a foul on Aguero. Arsenal defenders can ill-afford to get booked early on. 

  10. 11:04PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Second Half Begins

    Good 45 minutes for City who are on top but Arsenal are still in the hunt. They must remember that no Premier League team has scored more goals than Arsenal from set-piece situations this season and City are vulnerable to dead-ball deliveries. Ozil vs De Bruyne will be another key battle to watch out for.

  11. 10:51PM
    25 Feb, 18
    First Half Ends

    At the halfway stage City lead 1-0 courtesy off Sergio Aguero's 199th goal for Man City. City have been the better team in this half. Can Arsenal turn it around in the second half? Join us for live action.

  12. 10:47PM
    25 Feb, 18

    Aguero sends a cross in on the back post but De Bruyne lashes into the side netting! Arsenal's tactic to maintain a high line is causing them trouble. 2 minutes for the half-time whistle to blow.

  13. 10:44PM
    25 Feb, 18
    City continue to pile the pressure

    Manchester City are relentless in their attack.  Sane and De Bruyne are drifting around the Arsenal defence and causing all sorts of problems. Five minutes to halftime. City lead 1-0

  14. 10:41PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Yellow Cards!

    Aaron Ramsey is booked for a high foot while Fernandinho is booked for a foul on Wilshere.

  15. 10:35PM
    25 Feb, 18

    A forced change for Arsenal as Nacho Monreal limps off. He is replaced by Sead Kolasinac.

  16. 10:28PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Yellow Card!

    Hector Bellerin is booked for a rash foul Kevin de Bruyne. Arsenal needs to get their act together.  Meanwhile, Ozil sees his free-kick well saved by Bravo.

  17. 10:23PM
    25 Feb, 18

    Sergio Aguero holds off Mustafi's challenge and the physical contact is enough to give him the edge and space required on the long ball forward. Runs on and chips Ospina, who is off his line, for the opener. ARSENAL 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY!

  18. 10:12PM
    25 Feb, 18

    What a chance for Arsenal. Wilshere makes a brilliant run as Ramsey and Ozil team up to lay the ball for Aubameyang, who would have had an open goal had Walker not got there first. Fine save by Bravo as Arsenal have an early opening.

  19. 10:09PM
    25 Feb, 18
    City off to a brisk start!

    Fast start from City and two corners in quick succession.  Arsenal needs to monitor the movement of  De Bruyne and Sane.

  20. 10:01PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Arsenal vs Manchester City LIVE

    KICK OFF! Pre-match nerves and handshakes are done away with and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets the final underway.  Arsenal playing a 3-4-2-1 formation while City has opted for an attacking 4-1-2-3.

  21. 9:23PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Four Changes for City!

    Man City have made four changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Wigan Athletic last Monday for the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal. David Ospina on goal for Arsenal.

  22. 9:17PM
    25 Feb, 18
    A look at the Match Ball for the Final

    #CarabaoCupFinal: Official match balls u26bdufe0fThe @MitreSports Deltas are primed and ready for action!— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) 25 February 2018

  23. 9:05PM
    25 Feb, 18

    Arsenal XI - Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang

    Manchester City XI - Bravo, Walker, Kompany (c), Otamendi, Danilo, Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero

  24. 8:56PM
    25 Feb, 18
    Arsenal vs Manchester City Live

    Hello and good evening for our live coverage of the EFL Cup Final between Arsenal vs Manchester City from the Wembley stadium. Arsene Wenger is looking to win his first ever League Cup as he faces the mighty Pep Guardiola's Manchester  City.