Pep Guardiola incumbents are still celebrating their successful appeal against the two-year-old UEFA ban on the Champions League, while the dominant national form has seen them score 12 goals in their last three games.
Arsenal are riding a positive wave of their own momentum after a shock win over champions Liverpool earlier this week. The Gunners, however, were comfortably beaten by City shortly after the restart and face a tough task to reach the final as Mikel Arteta pursues a first trophy as manager. Watch all the live action below:
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Tomorrow, Chelsea face Manchester United to see who will join Arsenal in the FA Cup final. For now Melissa Reddy takes us through a beautiful night for the Mikel Arteta gunners:
“We didn’t perform well, we weren’t ready enough. If you don’t play for 90 minutes in the semi-finals, it can happen. We didn’t play well, we are human beings. The opponent played well, Sometimes it happens.
“The only regret is that we didn’t play the first half like we played the second. We had to change the configuration but we couldn’t do it. “
Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney’s post-match reaction:
“It was tough, we knew we would have less ball against City and you have to take your chances when you get them. Aubameyang does what he does. ”
“We have to suffer together in games like this. When we get the ball, we have to play well, but we know we will have 5-10 minute spells when we don’t see the ball.
“Aubameyang has been doing it for so long, it’s an honor for me to play with him. This ball that I played is not a goal ball, but it is one.
“We are building for something big. “
Arsenal will guarantee a group place in the Europa League for next season if they win the FA Cup final. It may be their best chance to qualify for Europe given their position in the league.
But they will have to defeat Chelsea or Manchester United who will play their semi-final tomorrow.
The final will then take place on August 1st.
What we learned from this weekend’s first FA Cup semi-final:
Arsenal 2-0 Man City: The Gunners captain jumped on the break to take down the holders and bring Mikel Arteta within reach of a first trophy as a manager. FA Cup First Semi-Final Match Report:
The Gabonese international was twice as the team from North London moved within reach of the trophy:
Arsenal qualify for a record 21st FA Cup final. Top scenes.
Mikel Arteta’s men entered the game with a game plan. Defend, defend, defend and then counter-attack. It worked twice and Arsenal eliminated Man City from the FA Cup.
90 + 6 minutes: Arsenal advance to the final. Man City have not been able to break them down. David Luiz had an exceptional night. Just like Mustafi and Tierney. Martinez sends a cross away from Mendy and Arsenal puts the ball up on the field. About 60 seconds.
90 + 3 minutes: Willock is the victim of a foul to the right of the Man City box. He and Aubameyang try to keep the ball in the corner but go out for a goal kick.
90 minutes: seven additional minutes.
84 minutes: Close! Very close. De Bruyne prepares the ball for Laporte who pierces one with his right foot just past the right post.
81 minutes: time is running out for Manchester City. Just 10 minutes from the end, they need a goal. Arsenal has everyone to defend.
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