FA Cup: Arsenal beat Manchester City to Final Ticket


A month after his first head-to-head against City boss Pep Guardiola ended in a 3-0 Premier League defeat, Arteta proved he is a fast learner as he conjured the ideal strategy to get the better of the man he served as assistant until December. We struggled to be there in the game in the first half.

In the clip, the Spaniard was seen gesticulating in what appeared to be a tactical talk to an empty chair next to him.

Guardiola's sides rely on overwhelming possession and quick passing and movement.

They would soon be made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as Arsenal doubled their lead with 20 minutes remaining.

It was the kind of incisive, imaginative attack that City usually torment Arsenal with, but for once it was the men in red celebrating.

Manchester City rarely tested Emiliano Martínez, who was protected by an outstanding defensive performance led by David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal had lost their last seven games against City prior to this win and Gunners defender David Luiz put their change in fortunes down to a sense of humility within the squad.

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Arsenal defended well in the 2-1 league victory over Liverpool in their previous match and they did well to weather several storms at Wembley. Even Luiz, much maligned for a awful display in Arsenal's last meeting with City, was at the top of his game and Arteta's rope-a-dope plan brought a rich reward in the 71st minute.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's had a awful start in the second stanza, as just a minute from the break, Brandon Williams' back pass was intercepted by Mount, who went clear to drill a low strike from the edge of the box past De Gea, who should have done better.

"There is a great chemistry between them (the players) and they really believe in what we are trying to do".

After that will be the business of the Champions League, as City host Real Madrid in the last-16 second-leg meeting at the Etihad in August, hoping to finish the job after a 2-1 win in the first leg in Spain before the Covid-19 shutdown.

The defeat by Arsenal was hard to swallow all the same.

"A big problem of ours this season is that we have been committing individual errors in games, and sometimes in games where we have been in good comfort", said the Chelsea manager at his pre-match press conference. We will always take responsibility as a whole, I always work on it and we will have to be very much on top of ourselves when it comes to the quality of the opposition we have on Sunday.

"They know it, they feel it", said Guardiola, who also felt his players deserved to lose their 2-1 midweek win over relegation-threatened Bournemouth. "But we were not good".