Arsenal stand-in keeper Runarsson’s nightmarish second half performance contributed to Arsenal’s demise in this League Cup quarter final that they had to simply win to get out of the rut they are in. As expected despite fielding a weakened side without Sterling and De Bruyne, MANCHESTER CITY dominated possession for large periods of time. As with most of their defeats this season, the gunners were their own worst enemies making rudimentary errors at crucial points in the match.
It took only three minutes for City to get on the score sheet. Gabriel Jesus capitalised on the inability of Runarsson to come for a cross from Zinchenko’s cross to nod home. A towering header from Lacazette restored parity on 31 minutes. Then the Runarsson horror show began after half time. He developed butter fingers trying to palm out a Mahrez free kick on 54 minutes.The Icelandic keeper was at fault for Phil Foden’s goal on 59 minutes. He came out and did nothing except leaving a gaping hole for the English youngster to exploit, clipping the ball over him for 3-1.Replays showed Foden was marginally offside but with no VAR the goal stood. Frenchman Aymeric Larpote made it 4-1 with an easy header from close range following great work from Phil Foden. There was nothing much wrong with the way Arsenal play but they should pull their socks up in defence. Cut out the defensive mistakes and we would have had a game last night. The only positive from yesterday is that Arsenal did not receive a red card.