Arsenal beat Manchester City to reach FA Cup final with Chelsea

Anita Tucker
April 24, 2017

Janusz Michallik recaps an improbable victory for Arsenal over Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Victory in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea will not appease those supporters who believe Wenger is incapable of ensuring Arsenal compete for the biggest prizes, but the prospect of another Wembley trip will help lighten the mood around London Colney after a troubled period.

Arsenal must face Manchester City on Sunday without injured quintet Shkodran Mustafi, Danny Welbeck, Lucas Perez, David Ospina and Santi Cazorla.

City crashed out in the semifinals 2-1 to Arsenal after extra time meaning that Guardiola will now end the season without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career.

After a goalless first half at Wembley, Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City the lead in the 62nd minute with a dinked finish over Petr Cech. The Spaniard was replaced by Raheem Sterling and hobbled off down the tunnel.

Arsenal leveled matters in the 71st minute as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain whipped the ball to the far post, where Nacho Monreal was on hand slot home, 1-1.

Spanish global Nacho Monreal equalised nine minutes later, from a cross by Arsenal's other wing back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Huge controversy as City have the ball in the net through Sterling, who is first to react after Aguero's shot is saved by Cech, but the linesman says Sane's cross, from which Aguero was shooting, went out of play.

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Silva has been a key player for City this season, providing seven Premier League assists, as well as two goals.

City nearly hit back immediately, with Toure's 25-yard volley pushed onto a post by Cech before Fernandinho headed against the crossbar from Kevin de Bruyne's corner.

"The quality means when Arsenal were tied - free kick, goal".

The Gunners rode their luck at times during an epic clash against Pep Guardiola's men, particularly in the second half as Yaya Toure's volley hit the post and Fernandinho clipped the crossbar in quick succession.

Arsenal is languishing in seventh place in the Premier League, and is set to miss out on the Champions League, but is back in the FA Cup final after coming from behind against City.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is nearly at the same level as Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The Belgium striker returned to Anfield and scored twice for Palace, the equalizer to cancel out Philippe Coutinho's free kick and then a close-range victor from a 74th-minute corner.

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