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Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte hit their mark as Manchester City reached the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Manchester City booked a spot in the EFL Cup semi-finals and put further pressure on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with a resounding 4-1 win at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
Arteta, who was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City before taking over for the Gunners a year ago, has faced questions about his future after a lousy start to the season leaves his team languishing in 15th place in the Premier. League.
He found no respite against his former club, with City, who have won the competition in each of the last three seasons, moving on to the last four after second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte.
Alexandre Lacazette had earlier given the hosts hope to end a three-game losing streak at home to City when he canceled Gabriel Jesus’ opener, but it turned out to be a rare moment of joy in another tough loss for the beleaguered club. north of London. .
The visitors started ruthlessly, taking the lead after just 125 seconds when Jesus headed a cross from the left by Oleksandr Zinchenko that passed Runar Alex Runarsson within the six-yard box, ending a 609-minute goal drought for the Brazilian.
Laporte headed wide from a corner before the Gunners tied with their first shot on goal in the 31st minute, when Lacazette headed a Gabriel Martinelli cross from six yards.
City should have reestablished their lead before the break, but Runarsson ran out of line to deny Jesus after a clever play on the edge of the penalty area that involved Foden.
However, the Arsenal goalkeeper was to blame for second City nine minutes after the break, allowing Mahrez’s free kick from the edge of the area to twist through his lukewarm grip.
City added a third five minutes later when Foden grabbed onto Fernandinho’s pass and delivered a delightful finish on Runarsson, although the goal would have been disallowed if VAR had been in use with replays clearly showing the midfielder was offside. .
The headlines added sparkle to an 18th consecutive victory in the competition in the 73rd minute, with Laporte stealing from the back post to finish off Foden’s handsome center.