Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored in either half of the game as the Gunners recorded a shock 2-0 win over Manchester City at Wembley.
Mikel Arteta got the better of his mentor Pep Guardiola as Arsenal booked their place in the FA Cup final. Aubameyang showed once again why the Gunners must do all they can to keep him at the club.
Both teams put out a strong lineup and it was pretty clear the intention was to win for both managers.
In the build-up to the game, much talk was made of the ‘friendship’ between Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola. Both managers already had positive words to say about each other prior to this fixture. A clinical Aubameyang would go on to be the difference after 90 minutes.
Manchester City started out the dominant side as usual. It looked like it was going to be a long night for the Gunners. Going by the statistics, the Gunners putting their few chances to good use proved pivotal.
After a missing a glorious chance moments earlier, Aubameyang would go on to break the deadlock in the 19th minute against the run of play. The Gunners captain redeemed himself with a delightful poked finish into the far corner. It was a brilliant assist from Nicolas Pepe as well.
The Gunners were put under immense pressure with City pushing for the equaliser after the break. But again, Arsenal scored against the run of play. Aubameyang raced through following Tierney’s searching ball before slotting it between the legs of Ederson.
City continued to throw the kitchen sink at Arsenal in search for a moment of inspiration but found nothing. Despite all their free-flowing passes and possession play, it just couldn’t amount to anything in the final third. David Luiz also put in a good shift in defence for the Gunners.
This was a personal triumph for Arteta and completes a superb week for the Gunners. It means they have now beaten champions Liverpool and Manchester City in the space of a week. They also handed the Citizens their first domestic Cup defeat in two-and-a-half years.
Arsenal are the most successful team in FA Cup history with 13 titles and in victory they move one step closer to a 14th.
For Aubameyang, he scored his 25th goal of the season and continues to show why the club must go all out to ensure he remains in North London.
Elsewhere, the Gunners also edge a step closer towards qualification for the Europa League. Sat ninth in the table with two games remaining, the Cup might now be their best opportunity.