Manchester City humiliated Arsenal 3-0 in the League Cup final with goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
Pep Guardiola claimed his maiden English silverware as his side thrashed Arsenal in a disappointingly one-sided showpiece on Sunday.
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.
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.
“It’s important. We’re so happy, and a big congratulations to all of Manchester City, and our fans. This trophy is for Manchester City and not for me,” Guardiola said.
“The first half we were not good, there were a lot of mistakes, in the second half we played with a lot more courage and personality, we were outstanding.”
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.
Arsene Wenger sprung a surprise in his selection, opting for a three-man defensive system which had stymied Manchester City at Wembley in last season’s FA Cup semi-final victory.
Aguero scored in the first half, outmuscling Shkodran Mustafi to reach goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s long ball before lobbing David Ospina from the edge of the box.
Kompany diverted in Ilkay Gundogan’s shot after Kevin De Bruyne’s well-worked corner and Silva fired home a third in the 65th minute to make the game safe.
Arsenal’s fans left in droves in the final 20 minutes while City’s fans decorated the stadium with sky blue.
The result left Arsene Wenger still without a League Cup title in his Arsenal career.