Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang
Subs: Cech, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck
Arsenal’s good recent cup final run at Wembley came to an end after a poor performance saw them deservedly beaten 3-0 by Man City at Wembley this afternoon.
Arsene Wenger reverted to a back three and recalled Aaron Ramsey after an injury absence, deploying the Welshman in midfield alongside Granit Xhaka.
As expected City dominated possession from the off with plenty of the ball in the Arsenal half, but the first big chance came for the Gunners. It began with a lovely ball from Ospina into the left channel, Wilshere drove on, it came to Ozil on the right, he squared to Aubameyang who had two efforts denied by the keeper.
Aguero shot wide immediately afterwards as the game settled down a bit, but inthe 19th minute City went ahead. It began with a simple long ball from the keeper, and it was dreadful from Mustafi who let Aguero get goal side then run off him, Ospina was off his line and the Argentine lobbed it over him and into the net. 0-1.
A free kick gave Ramsey a chance to test Bravo but the keeper was equal to it, and Hector Bellerin picked up a 24th minute yellow card for a foul on de Bruyne. Arsene Wenger was forced into a change, after Monreal was hurt in a collision with Walker he had to go off, replaced by Sead Kolasinac.
Kompany headed over, Ramsey got booked for high feet on David Silva, and when Aubameyang had some space in front of him he was denied by good defending from Kompany.
City remained the most dangerous of the two sides, an Aguero chip almost caught Ospina out before de Bruyne shot into the side netting, and Pep Guardiola’s side took their one goal lead into the break.
The second half began in much the same way as the first, and Kompany came close to doubling the lead but his shot deflected just wide off Koscielny. City had to make a change when Fernandinho picked up a hamstring strain and was replaced by Bernardo Silva, and after terrible stuff from Ospina, Mustafi gave away a stupid free kick which resulted in a corner.
From there, Kompany deflected home their second goal and despite a VAR referral the goal was given. 0-2.
Arsenal’s heads went down, the players looked like they knew it was done and dusted, and City took advantage of our carelessness. Arsenal couldn’t keep it in our defensive area, Silva got it, turned Chambers and fired across Ospina into the far corner. 0-3.
Danny Welbeck came on for Chambers straight away, and then Alex Iwobi was sent on in place of Ramsey with a little under 20 minutes to go. Xhaka shot not far over the bar from distance before City sent on Gabriel Jesus for Sane in the 77th minute.
The Arsenal fans were leaving Wembley in droves, and who could blame them? It was a dreadful day from a team who, like so often this season, barely looked like they could go through the motions.
Despite being underdogs, you hope to see something like fight from your team in a final but Arsene Wenger can longer even motivate his players for an occasion like that.