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.

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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.


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