Carabao Cup final
Arsenal 0 Mancester City 3
Aguero 18, Kompany 58, Silva 65

If you continue to play like that, you’ll always get turned over. No leadership, no plan and having gone a goal down to Sergio Aguero, no back up plan as Arsenal capitulated in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley. A push in the back of his marker Shkodran Musrafi wasn’t seen, and in any case, why was the German in front of Aguero in the first place ? City didn’t need any help, but got more of the same when Vincent Kompany slotted home, the goal stood despite Leroy Sane in the line of view of David Ospina. No excuses for City’s third, David Silva rammed home from a sharp angle to complete the misery and inflict the Gunners worse ever cup final result.

It was awful viewing from an Arsenal perspective. Apart from an early chance to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal were a shadow of the side they’ve been in parts this season, and it is hard to see how that can currently be remedied. Much of the blame will again fall at the feet of Arsene Wenger who seems to be reversing the fortunes of the club he has served for over two decades.

Methods, philosophies, tactics and styles have changed and a newer breed of thinking has emerged. Just look at City under Pep Guardiola to see the side Arsenal once were. The pain was etched onto the players faces at full time, as rather than claiming the one domestic honour to have eluded Wenger, his opposite number Guardiola claimed his first silverware for City.

Arsenal and City meet again on Thursday in the Premier League and unless there is a radical overhaul of everything, it is hard to see the Gunners’ firing. But you never know. Well outside the top four, Arsenal have the Europa League and AC Milan next up. The European Giants will be no pushovers, but having got blown away by City, Wenger may have to focus more on the Europa League.

“We’ll need a very different result to close the gap on the Premier League’s top four on Thursday. When you lose a game like that everything is questioned – the players, the team, the personalties,” he said. “It is now (like that)of course every time that you don’t win a game.

“But we played against a good side, you cannot say that we played against an average side. They dominate the Premier League and they have good players. It is difficult to come back (when you are behind against them),” said Wenger.

Having been the linchpin of Wembley visits of the recent past, Aaron Ramsey pointed to City’s first goal as the beginning of the debacle.

“Obviously we’re all very disappointed. We wanted to try and win the game but we made a silly mistake which led to the first goal and that was disappointing. It’s always difficult when they take the lead and they’re such a quality team. They deserved the win today.

“I think Man City are a quality team, they’ve opened up many teams this year. They did it on occasions to us today and they punished us every time. We’re disappointed. This is not how we wanted it to go, but we have to dust ourselves down now and get going for the game on Thursday,” said Ramsey.

The players have to look at themselves and ask if they left everything out there at Wembley. They’ll quickly surmise the answer is ‘no,’and now refocus not to be so poor on Thursday.