Arsenal boss laments bad luck in Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City

2018-02-25 22:43:04

Arsene Wenger lamented Arsenal's luck as they succumbed to a humbling 3-0 defeat by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Although City dominated the possession of the game, Arsenal had the first big opportunity of the final when Kyle Walker denied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a certain goal with an outstanding recovery challenge.

Moments later, the Gunners fell behind after Shkodran Mustafi was easily out-muscled by Sergio Ageuro before the Argentine cleverly lobbed David Ospina.

City’s advantage was doubled when Vincent Kompany diverted Ilkay Gundogan’s low effort into the net.

Leroy Sane was stood in an offside position which Arsenal claimed made him active in the passage of play but following a VAR review, referee Craig Pawson confirmed the goal would stand.

On 65 minutes, David Silva got City’s third to put the game beyond doubt but Wenger was very critical of the decision to award Kompany’s goal which he felt changed the game.

Wenger said: “If you watch it again, [Sane is] 100% offside. The VAR people did not see that. I don’t know what they watched.

“After that it was difficult at 2-0 and I felt that was the decider for the game. In the end we could never come back as 2-0 quickly became 3-0.

“I think it all went against us today. We had a very easy chance in the first-half and we controlled the game well.

“We made a massive mistake defensively which put us 1-0 down.

“We didn’t start the second-half well but we were unlucky too with the decision [for the second goal].

“We could not ever come back and they had a convincing win. Well done to them.”

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