Arsenal are through to FA Cup finals, all thanks to Pierre Aubamenyang whose superb performance helped sack Pep Guardiola’s men from the campaign.
Against all expectations, Man City are out of the FA Cup race leaving Arsenal to winner against Man United vs Chelsea game.
Judging from the first 10 minutes of the game, one would conclude Manchester City would triumph by the end of the 90 minutes.
City were so dominant but Arsenal had a game plan to sit deep. Arsenal just grew in confidence and City were way off. I can’t remember many games this season where they have been so poor in their ball retention.Embed from Getty Images
Gradually things changed as City even with all the pressures put in during the starting failed to record a single shot on target.
City became more sloppy and ineffectual as the time went by, creating larger vacuum for Gunners to capitalize on.
Arsenal had the big opportunity with Aubameyang when he should have scored – and you thought their chance had been wasted. He took his next opportunity incredibly well when he converted Nicolas Pepe’s pass at the 19th minute.
You’ve got to say they deserve their lead and Manchester City have work to do as they also failed to come back during the second 45 minutes.
All pressures mounted on Pep as he was also caught on camera supposedly talking to an empty seat before Pierre Aubameyang heaped more worries on the Spaniard when he converted Kieran Tierney’s pass during the 71st minute of the game.
Speaking about the game, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta told BTsport, “I’m extremely happy and proud of the players. I’m sad that we can’t enjoy this moment with our fans.
“That’s what you need against this team. You have to make the most of the opportunities and put everybody on the line. They are the best team in Europe in the way they play positionally.
“There’s a great chemistry between them [Arsenal players] and they believe in what we are trying to do and you can see that. Congratulations to them.
“They [Man City] are really good on the high press, as we are as well. We gave the ball away in dangerous situations and they are good in that transition moment but the first goal was really great. There are some things that we are trying to close down.”
Arsenal are through to the finals as they await result from Man united vs Chelsea clash to determine final opponents.
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