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Manchester City Ease Past Arsenal To Win League Cup

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Manchester City eased past Arsenal 3-0 in the League Cup final with goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva.

The first meeting between the sides in a domestic final was no classic but Spaniard Guardiola will not care after his side’s class eventually shone through at a freezing Wembley Stadium.

City, who will also win the Premier League title barring a monumental collapse, did not even have to hit top gear to lift the trophy for the third time in five years.

Aguero’s 18th-minute goal gave Manchester City a halftime lead and Arsenal withered after the break as Kompany prodded in from close range after 58 minutes before Silva thumped home a left-footer seven minutes later.

Although a clean sweep of trophies is off the table after the FA Cup defeat at Wigan Athletic, Guardiola has already improved on last season’s lack of silverware, with one trophy now secured and the league title sure to follow.

Whether or not the UEFA Champions League makes it three, Manchester City have taken on a dominant air this term, and it showed at the national stadium.

Wenger has now lost all three of his finals in this competition and the disquiet over the Frenchman’s reign in north London is sure to return.

“It was a difficult game, but as much space there was for us and Arsenal, we did well and controlled the space and I am proud of the team,” said Kompany. “Winning 3-0 at Wembley is a massive result against any opponent.

“Before the game, I thought I was going to score. I came close during the game so there was some luck on the day, but also self-belief.”

The runaway Premier League leaders will be hoping to use the victory as a springboard to greater glory as the season approaches its final stretch but defeat for Wenger means he has never lifted the League Cup.