Ruthless City Win the Cup on Super Sunday
Although a quadruple of trophies is beyond Manchester City this season, the ease in which they dispatched Arsenal to lift the Carabao Cup will send shivers down the spine of City’s rivals both home and abroad. City aside, the 3-0 mauling of Arsenal was just one of the three games on offer on Super Sunday.
Pep Guardiola won his first trophy as Manchester City manager as his team easily swept aside Arsenal to claim the Carabao Cup. As excellent as City were, it is the managerial situation at The Emirates that is likely to rumble on, with former club legends saying it is time for change.
Veteran Vincent Kompany produced a man-of-the-match performance to nullify January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the League Cup final.
Pre-match, many expected Arsenal’s new signings to make a difference but ultimately it was one of Manchester City’s forgotten manager’s purchases that made the difference. Mark Hughes bought Vincent Kompany for a paltry £7m back in 2008 and Kompany rolled back the years to restrict Arsenal’s 28-year-old £56m striker to just one notable effort early in the game.
Kompany’s performance led City to victory after he produced a captain’s performance and he capped an epic display by scoring. Kompany’s goal, sandwiched between goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva, would ultimately prove decisive.
Arsenal under Wenger have won an incredible seven FA Cups, including last year’s domestic cup showcase, but it’s Arsenal’s failure to land the Premier League since 2004 that has convinced many fans that the club needs a new man in charge if they are to challenge for the league.
And whilst some Arsenal fans bemoaned decisions that went against Arsenal, very few neutrals would state that this was anything but a comfortable win for the blues of Manchester. Whilst a trophy is a trophy, City fans and Pep will be surely looking at bigger things this season, with the Premier League all but sewn up, Champions League victory will be a what the Cityzens from Manchester will be looking to achieve.
Romelu Lukaku silences critics against Chelsea
Despite only joining Manchester United this season, a stick that has been constantly used against 24-year-old Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is his inability to score against the “big six”. Critics point to his goal-scoring record against the biggest teams in England and use this record to claim he is not a complete striker, saying his record is weak compared to top performing players such as Harry Kane.
However, in Manchester United’s 2-1 win against the champions Chelsea, Lukaku was brilliant. Far from the flat-track bully that has been alleged, the former Chelsea, West Brom and Everton striker scored a goal and provided an assist for Jesse Lingard to score the winner.
It’s easy to forget that Romelu Lukaku played for West Brom against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in Ferguson’s last ever game as United manager and he scored a 2nd half hat-trick. This match produced an amazing 5-5 scoreline in what could be considered one of the best Premier League games ever. At only 24, expect more from Lukaku in the future.
Kane is Spur’s saviour again
Tottenham left it very late to secure victory against Crystal Palace and it was once again talisman Harry Kane that produced the goods by netting his 35th goal of the season.
A win was vital for Tottenham with Liverpool securing a convincing 4-1 win against West Ham to take them albeit briefly into 2nd spot but with the game looking to be heading to a draw, Kane was at the back post to head in Christian Eriksen’s 88th-minute corner.
Despite Kane’s prolific form, his performance against Palace was subdued by his own standards. The 24-year-old missed easy chances at the beginning of both halves.
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was in superb form and with 15 minutes left on the clock he saved a Ben Davies effort as time was running out and a stalemate looked likely. But cometh the hour, cometh the man and the Walthamstow born striker ensured Tottenham finished the day in 4th place, just 2 points off local rivals Chelsea but a generous 10 points off Arsenal in sixth place. Arsenal fans may be waiting quite a while to celebrate St Totteringham’s day.