Mark Hughes may be a man under pressure but his Manchester City side moved within 270 minutes of their first trophy in 33 years after hammering Arsenal 3-0 on Wednesday.
Defeat caps a miserable 10 days for Arsenal, who have now lost three games on the bounce, raising yet more question marks over the success of Arsene Wenger’s youth policy, which still hasn’t delivered a trophy since 2005.
The name of Emmanuel Adebayor was the significant one in a full strength City line-up ahead of kick-off, a starting XI that boasted over £150 million worth of talent.
By contrast Wenger stuck to his guns, or his young guns more accurately, calling on four of the rookies that played in the victory over Liverpool to play alongside fresh additions Armand Traore, Carlos Vela and Jack Wilshere.
They put up a good fight too, matching City all the way in a ‘you attack, we’ll attack’ first half.
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