Around 70 minutes into the League Cup final, there was a very real sense of deflation amongst the Arsenal faithful. Big sections of Wembley Stadium were bare and there were 20 minutes still to play. Arsene Wenger's side did not compare in quality to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, and ended the match as 3-0 losers and competition runner-ups.

Could the supporters be blamed for abandoning the ship? Beating City was always going to be a challenge, but in a cup final, as the old adage goes, it can always go either way. Just last week, for example, Wigan Athletic proved City were penetrable; that it was possible to hold them off and break them down on the break. Sadly for Arsenal, it wasn't to be - the City that arrived at Wembley on Sunday afternoon were out for blood, and their hunger was satisfied.

Three of City's (somewhat) old guard were the difference on the day - Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva - and they made short work of a strong Arsenal line-up. Wenger has still not won the League Cup during 21 years as a manager in England and Arsenal now have the unwanted record of losing six finals in this competition.

Arsenal's best chance of the game came before City had scored, and, who knows - if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort had made its way into the net, the game may have been a bit different.

The first goal of the game had a hint of irony behind it - it was in many ways the antithesis to Guardiola's footballing style. The much maligned Claudio Bravo booted the ball up the field, to which an awkward bounce left Skhrodan Mustafi caught out by Sergio Aguero - to which he meekishly called for a foul, during which time the Argentinean was rushing down on David Ospina in the Arsenal goal.

With Aguero in space and Ospina off his line, there was only ever going to be one way it was going to end, wasn't there? Deftly lobbing the ball over the Columbian keeper, the score was one-nil, and mounting a comeback seemed improbable, despite it being just a one-goal deficit at the break.

City started the second half in the same vain to the first and dominated the Gunners across the pitch. There deft passing was difficult for Arsenal to negate, and the Manchester club capitalized.

On the day, it was Kompany who was the outstanding performer, seldom troubled by Aubameyang, and the oft-injured defender was very deserving to be the one lifting the cup at the end of the game. On the big occasions, when his legs are not failing him, there is no better centre-half in the country.

A low corner was driven in by Kevin De Bruyne after Kompany earned it. It landed to the inviting feet of Ilkay Gundogan into a crowded Arsenal penalty area, where it was directed towards the Belgian defender, who then directed the ball towards the goal. 2-0, and a comeback looked even more implausible, even with 40 minutes still to play.

One of Arsenal's best performers in recent times, Nacho Monreal (who has amassed an impressive 3 goals and 2 assists in the past 6 appearances) injured himself with a mistimed challenge on Kyle Walker early on and had to leave the pitch, with Sead Kolasinac taking his place - the Serbian being caught out for the 3rd goal with Silva gaining a few yards on him.

The game was over as a contest when the Spaniard thrashed an excellent low shot past Ospina from Danilo’s cute through pass. Silva’s first touch was perfect, which set him up to belt it across Ospina with his second. 65 minutes gone, and the cup final was over.

The score line could easily have been 5-0 or 6-0, as was the dominance of City. They rightly won the competition, and Arsenal shortcomings were made very apparent on the big stage. The game drew to a conclusion with a mass walk-out among Arsenal supporters in the crowd and the óles of the City supporters as their team strided to victory.

Jack Wilshire's performance was one of few positive aspects of the game - the English midfielder played with spirit till the end, even when the game was clearly out of the grasp of the Arsenal players. The same cannot be said of Mesut Ozil, who had "one of those games" - the German playmaker never has been won to chase lost causes. Calum Chambers and Aaron Ramsey also didn't cover themselves in glory on the day.

Following the game, there wasn't a lot the manager could say: "When you lose games and you make mistakes you have to accept to be criticised. It's emotionally difficult after a game, so you do not want to go too much into the criticism, that's the easiest part.

"When you lose 3-0, you have of course to defend better. I still feel that sometimes, for periods in the game we defended very well and suddenly we lose a little bit of concentration. Against quality teams you pay for it."

He also went on to say that City ultimately deserved the win, but believed the second goal was offside and that play should have been stopped before the 3rd goal so that Danny Welbeck could take to the field.

So, now that the League Cup Final that has offered optimism for a number of weeks is over, what next for Arsenal? In terms of short term, they have the unappealing preposition of another fixture against City coming up during the week, which is difficult to imagine going well following yesterday's performance.

In the slightly more long term, concentration must be firmly placed on the quarter finals of the Europa League. The fixtures against AC Milan - and the fixtures that follow if success is earned against the Italians - are the only thing that can put a gloss on this season's overview now, with the league looking more and more like a foregone conclusion for Arsenal.