Sergio Aguero set the Premier League leaders on the way in which to victory with the opening purpose earlier than second-half strikes from the excellent Vincent Kompany and David Silva completed off the Gunners at Wembley.
It was an emphatic response from Metropolis after their bid for a quadruple got here to an finish with a shock defeat to League One Wigan on Monday.
Though it was not seen through the sport, Metropolis boss Guardiola stirred some controversy pre-match by once more sporting a yellow ribbon, regardless of attracting a cost from the Soccer Affiliation for doing so this week.
But if any sanctions comply with over what has been thought-about a political gesture it was not one thing that involved the Catalan, who gained 21 trophies at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as he opened his Metropolis account.
The duty was not initially easy. As is customary, Metropolis dominated possession however Arsenal, having surprisingly reverted to a again three, have been in no temper to allow them to dictate issues and that made for scrappy opening.
Metropolis utilized some early strain with out threatening the purpose and it was Arsenal who had the primary clear-cut probability after a break by Jack Wilshere. The ball broke to the returning Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang however Kyle Walker did sufficient to place him off with a sliding problem and Claudio Bravo saved along with his ft.
A number of Metropolis’s success this season has been primarily based on neat interaction however they confirmed they’ll fluctuate their fashion when essential and did so successfully to negate Arsenal’s urgent ways and take the lead after 18 minutes.
In a uncommon instance of Metropolis going route one, Bravo cleared downfield and, after Shkodran Mustafi allowed the ball to bounce over his head, Aguero had a run on purpose.
Mustafi paused to his value, interesting for a foul, and had no probability of stopping the Argentinian as he calmly lobbed over the advancing David Ospina for his 199th purpose in Metropolis colors.
Phrases have been exchanged on the touchline between Guardiola and reverse quantity Arsene Wenger however, in a sport through which VAR was getting used, any complaints from the Frenchman have been futile.
The Gunners’ defensive issues elevated as Nacho Monreal was compelled off injured and Metropolis captain Kompany headed over.
Kompany additionally confirmed his defensive prowess by calmly easing Arsenal’s report signing Aubameyang off the ball to finish a harmful run.
Metropolis went shut once more earlier than the break after Ospina palmed away an Aguero cross however De Bruyne fired into the side-netting.
Kompany shot vast early within the second half however Metropolis had a scare after a mix-up between Walker and Bravo nearly let in Aubameyang, however the ahead fouled the keeper in his haste.
Arsenal quickly rued that missed alternative as Kompany doubled Metropolis’s lead simply earlier than the hour, handing over Ilkay Gundogan’s low shot from De Bruyne’s cleverly taken nook.
That broke Arsenal and Silva ended the competition by ending a slick transfer with a deadly left-footed strike after 65 minutes.
Metropolis performed out time and even allowed Gabriel Jesus, returning after two months out with a knee damage, a late style of the motion.