Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted his side cannot compete with Manchester City after they were beaten by the league-leaders once again.
City inflicted more pain on Wenger with a second crushing 3-0 victory over his Arsenal side in the space of four days.
After losing Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, the Gunners could not find any level of retribution as they were again humbled by far superior opposition in Pep Guardiola’s 100th game in charge.
Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane all scored wonderful first-half goals for City, who now require only five more wins to secure the Premier League title.
Arsenal were better than they were at Wembley but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty miss summed up their current form.
“I knew the first half would be difficult for us after Sunday,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“We needed at least to come in level at half-time but City took advantage of our lack of confidence. The team put a huge effort in but they’re going through a different period and their quality made it a difficult game for us.
“The goals were preventable. I don’t think we can take away from the individual quality of the goals but it was soft defending on our side. After half-time we needed the penalty to go in to have a slight change to come back so that was a blow to us.”
Wenger was then asked by BBC Sport if he thought his Arsenal side can compete with Manchester City, and also commented on the thousands of empty seats at the Emirates Stadium.
“It doesn’t look like that for you at the moment, but we have to put things in perspective. The players have been through a lot of difficulties. We have to accept that City are above us. The difference in the league is no coincidence.
“You cannot be euphoric after what happened on Sunday, and again tonight. The weather explains it as well.”
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