Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘We were a bit unlucky’ as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims the plaudits

PUBLISHED: 20:20 25 February 2018 | UPDATED: 23:14 25 February 2018

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (left) and Manchester City's Fernandinho battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (left) and Manchester City's Fernandinho battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.

PA Wire/PA Images

Arsene Wenger bemoaned bad luck as his team were utterly outplayed by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as they beat sorry Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan (right) and Arsenal's Granit Xhaka (left) battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan (right) and Arsenal's Granit Xhaka (left) battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.

Pep Guardiola won his 22nd trophy as a manager as his City team comprehensively triumphed over Arsenal

Despite starting brightly Wenger’s men had no answer to a first half goal from Sergio Aguero followed by two strikes after the interval from Vincent Kompany and David Silva, as the Citizens lifted the first domestic silverware of the season – denying the long-serving Frenchman his first League Cup in his third defeat in the final.

The below-par Gunners simply had no response to City’s intensive pressing despite employing a back three intended to negate their attacking options in front of 85,671 fans in North West London.

Speaking afterwards a tired-looking Wenger said: “You want to go home and analyse the game. We have to focus on our next game.

“At Wembley [in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final] we did well against City with three centre-backs last year. I leave the conclusions to you.”

The long-serving Frenchman added: “When you lose a game like today you are always questioned by TV personalties. At 3-0 it’s difficult to come back.

“Well done to Manchester City they can go home happy,” before bemoaning his side’s luck saying: “We were a bit unlucky in the second half.

“[Arsenal’s defeat] was a little bit self-inflicted.”

When asked if he would now be concentrating on attempting to win the Europa League he snapped: “We have to prioritise the next game [against City at the Emirates on Thursday] before we talk about the Europa League.”

Guardiola by contrast was far more upbeat when talking about football.

The former Barcelona boss concluded: “In the second half we played really good. Congratulations to everyone at Manchester City.

“I’m so happy – for Manchester City – because I cannot forget how they were so good to me last season when we were not so good.

“It’s special Sergio, Vincent and David scored the goals. The first half was not good but the second half was.

“When you have won titles you have to win more. We have to focus on Arsenal again.

“In football the weak point is always the manager – so how the club was behind me showed the players. The club supported me and I tried to support the club.”

The proud Santpedor-born boss also showed his defiance against an FA ban for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of jailed Catalan politicians. He said: “It’s not about politicians it’s about democracy.”

Read Layth Yousif’s All Guns Blazing Arsenal column for more on this subject now.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 21:15

Champions League Group B: Inter Milan 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Yesterday, 19:27

Sam Robson’s first century of the season saw Middlesex get the better of the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match with Derbyshire at Lord’s.

Yesterday, 17:00

Centre-back Sean Cronin says Wingate & Finchley’s defenders are commited to improving their goal tally as much as their forwards, but admits it’s more imperative that they maintain a consistency with keeping clean sheets after recording their first shut-out of the campaign in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Merstham.

Yesterday, 15:00

The former Netherlands international has struggled since deputising for Hugo Lloris this month

Betfred League One: Workington Town 38 London Skolars 6

Yesterday, 12:00

Spurs will take on Inter Milan in a 5.55pm kick-off, but will be missing several key players

Yesterday, 11:49

Former Barcelona bigwig Raul Sanllehi has become ‘head of football’ at Arsenal after Ivan Gazidis confirmed his departure to AC Milan on Tuesday morning.

Yesterday, 11:00

North Londoners add to options in front row ahead of Gloucester clash


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now