FA Final : Arsenal defeats Manchester City to reach FA Final

FA Final : Arsenal defeats Manchester City to reach FA Final

FA Final : Arsenal defeats Manchester City to reach FA Final
Arsenal defeated Manchester City 2-0 on Saturday to reach the FA final at Wembley stadium. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta defeated his mentor Pep Guardiola.


Arteta, who left his job as Manchester City assistant manager to succeed Unai Emery at Arsenal in December, now has a chance to mark his first season in charge with major silverware when they face Chelsea or Manchester United in the final on 1 August.


The match-winner was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the world-class striker Arsenal are desperate to secure on a new long-term contract, as he ruthlessly exposed City's defensive deficiencies.


Aubameyang had already shot straight at Ederson with one clear chance but there was no escape for City after 19 minutes when he showed great technique to steer home Nicolas Pepe's cross with the outside of his foot at the far post.


City dominated possession after the break but squandered their opportunities and Aubameyang made them pay once more in the 71st minute when he raced away on the angle to slide a composed finish under the keeper.

This was a personal triumph for Arteta and completes a superb week after the victory over Premier League champions Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

And there was so much to admire about Arsenal's willingness to adopt a courageous gameplan, happy to patiently keep possession - often in their own area - with one such passage of play leading to Aubameyang's opener.


As against Liverpool, Arsenal were well-organised and resilient at the back, willing to throw bodies on the line to repel the wave of City attacks in the second half as the holders tried to hold on to the FA Cup.


David Luiz had the sort of nightmare many believed would end his Arsenal career when they played City in their first post-lockdown game at Etihad Stadium, making a mistake leading to a goal then being sent off after conceding a penalty.


This was the other side of the maverick Brazilian defender, a rock at the heart of Arsenal's defence and a central figure in this victory.

City's Cup Run Comes To An End - The Stats
1.Arsenal have reached the FA Cup final a record 21 times, with the Gunners also winning the competition more than any other side (13).


2.Manchester City have been eliminated from a domestic cup tie (League Cup and FA Cup) for the first time since February 2018 (FA Cup 5th Round v Wigan), with this their 22nd such tie since that game.


3.Arsenal have eliminated the holders of the FA Cup on each of the last six occasions they've faced them.


4.All four of Arsenal's shots in this match were on target - indeed they had more shots on target in this match than they'd had in their previous three meetings with Manchester City combined (3).


5.Manchester City had just one shot on target in this match, their fewest in a game since April 2018 in the Champions League against Liverpool (0).


6.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the fourth Arsenal player to score a competitive brace at Wembley Stadium, after Reg Lewis (1950 FA Cup final), Charlie Nicholas (1987 League Cup final) and Alexis Sanchez (2015 FA Cup semi-final).


7.Nicolas Pepe has been involved in 17 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season (8 goals, 9 assists) - only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (27) has been involved in more.

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