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MANCHESTER City have won their first of seemingly many trophies under Pep Guardiola, but as the first glimmering piece of silverware was salvaged, an irony emerged amongst the elation.

A Carabao Cup triumph over a woeful Arsenal side christened the Spaniard’s trophy cabinet at the Etihad as one of world football’s most highly rated tacticians prepares to create a new dynasty, one demanded by his employers.

In a Manchester City squad that’s seen an investment of over £650m in the past three seasons alone, it was a trio of players who arrived the better part of a decade ago for relatively cheap fees who struck to kick-start the success.

Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola poses with his first City trophy
Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola poses with his first City trophySource: AP
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