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Man City reached the EFL Cup semi-finals after inflicting further suffering on Mikel Arteta’s troubled Arsenal.
Arsenal Hopes for a fast start to calm his nerves in the middle of a terrible race were immediately dashed within three minutes.
Oleksandr Zinchenko found space down the left before launching a taunting ball towards the front post.
Gabriel Jesus somehow stepped between the lax marks of Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes to watch his header into the far unmarked post.
Mustafi’s mistake is even more frustrating when you consider that he is one of several players who wants to leave the club. #ARSMCI
– Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) December 22, 2020
City man He put a predictable dominance over possession, but the hosts steadied their ship as the game turned into a cat and mouse affair.
City didn’t make the most of Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Rúnarsson, though a couple of set pieces that ultimately led to nothing.
Against the game’s streak, Arsenal secured a lifeline when Alexandre Lacazette restored parity to scores.
Gabriel Martinelli held onto a fumble down the left flank before landing a delicious ball into the six-yard box.
Delivery was too high for the first goal, but it ended up perfect for Lacazette who reacted quickly to return home under pressure.
– Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 22, 2020
The stalemate was almost short-lived as Rúnarsson made up for his earlier mistake by magnificently denying Jesus in a one-on-one situation.
On the edge of the break, Arsenal took a major blow when City’s substitute goalkeeper caught Martinelli in a fierce challenge.
The Brazilian spent several minutes on the ground while receiving treatment on his right ankle, but fortunately he was able to continue when the break came.
Martinelli lasted just three minutes after the break before succumbing to his injury. The much maligned Nicolás Pepe was called to be a substitute.
The bad news didn’t stop there, as Rúnarsson cemented his shaky display with a goalie howl to put City back in front.
Riyad Mahrez presides over a free kick on the edge of the area, but his effort seemed destined for the gloves of the second string stopper.
Somehow, the ball shot out of his glove into the side net in a scenario that he would have expected to save 999 times out of 1,000.
Runarsson had it covered.
– Goal (@goal) December 22, 2020
Things went from bad to worse moments later, when Phil Foden made it 3-1 with a sublime finish. Replays suggested that the young attacker was lost, but without the available VAR in the EFL Cup, the goal remained.
Aymeric Laporte then added a quarter after Phil Foden’s delightful work to create a yard of space and then cross over.
The last man Arsenal wanted to see brought into action was called in when Sergio Agüero trotted off to face a tired and demoralized defense.
However, with the game effectively won, the final quarter of an hour unfolded with little action from goal scorer.
Man City eventually advanced to the semi-final stages via a score of 4-1.