Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the difference today as Arsenal beat City 2-0 to reach FA Cup finals. Arsenal came to the match on the back off a win against Liverpool and continued with their good momentum today as well.
Arteta’s brilliantly managed back-line kept City at bay throughout the 90 mins as Arsenal secure a famous win. Mikel Arteta got a victory over his former boss Pep Guardiola as Aubameyang scored in either half.
It was City who started the match on a strong note with chances reckoning for Sterling. Mahrez too came close in the early stages as his header was cleared off the line by Xhaka. Arsenal grew into the game and almost took the lead through Lacazette only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
The Gunners did not have to wait long as minutes later, Auba turned the ball in from a delightful cross by Pepe to give Arsenal the lead. The goal came seconds after Auba missed a 1 on 1 chance. Pepe sent in the brilliant cross from the right which was slotted past Ederson with a neat first touch.
City took control of the game after Arsenal’s goal, but they could not carve out any openings. De Bruyne was running the midfield for City but it was Arsenal who came close to adding a 2nd through Mustafi. His header from a corner was put away by Ederson to prevent further damage.
At the half time whistle, the Cityzens had more of the ball without threatening Martinez’ goal. Arsenal had lost their last seven matches against City by an aggregate score line of 20-2 but they were looking good on the night.
City started the second half with much more intensity with Sterling and Mahrez coming close to finding an equaliser. Arsenal were holding back and looking to score on the counter. There was VAR check for a penalty appeal against Mustafi, but it was not awarded. Arsenal and Martinez in goal were doing a great job in keeping City aloof.
The goal was a hammer blow for City as Arsenal were close to securing a famous win. City pressurised in the final stages to desperately get one back, but they looked short of ideas. Arteta engineered a brilliant game plan and his players responded to him by executing it perfectly.
As a result, Arsenal will look to end their season with silverware as they march into the FA Cup finals. Meanwhile for City, Guardiola will look to freshen up his side.They have Champions League coming up in a fortnight’s time against Real Madrid.
For now, the focus goes back to Premier League where City face Watford. Arsenal on the other hand are up against Aston Villa in their fight for Europa League place.
By the time, Arsenal play, they would have found out their opponents in the FA Cup final. United are scheduled to face Chelsea in the other semi-final on Sunday evening.
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