Holders Manchester City progressed to the Carabao Cup semi-finals with victory at Oxford United – as Arsenal managerial target Mikel Arteta took his place on the visitors’ bench alongside boss Pep Guardiola.
City are still awaiting formal contact from Arsenal regarding assistant manager Arteta – and if this is to be his last game at City, he went out on a winning note.
Oxford, who lost at home to City in the third round of this competition last season, did themselves great credit, forcing keeper Claudio Bravo into a succession of second-half saves.
The League One side responded to Joao Cancelo’s deflected first-half goal by drawing level less than a minute after the interval through Matty Taylor’s weaving run and finish.
In the end, however, City’s class told and Raheem Sterling struck twice from close range to settle any nerves and secure the holders’ place in the last four.
Manchester City take on local rivals Manchester United in the semi-finals, while Leicester City face Aston Villa in the other all-Premier League tie.