Arsenal continued their defence of the Premier League Cup by progressing through to the third round with a comfortable 4-0 win at Manchester City.
The Gunners dominated the game from the first whistle, putting their fluent passing style into full effect to control both possession and the tempo of the game.
The first goal came after 15 minutes when Jayne Ludlow rose highest to head in a corner from Rachel Yankey.
Rachel McArthur added a second seven minutes later, slotting in at the far post after a good spell of passing and good work by Yankey.
City continued to battle and put in a brave first-half performance but went into the break 3-0 down as Ludlow grabbed her second of the day after another cross into the box.
In the second period, substitute Gemma Davison came on and terrorised the City defence with some penetrating runs before being up-ended in the penalty area. Kelly Smith stepped up to convert from the spot for her fourth goal in two games.
Arsenal now face Bristol City at home on Sunday, November 6, just one week after a top-of-the-table clash at Everton in the Women's Premier League.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 23 Oct 2005