Arsenal have booked their place into the 2019-20 final where they will face Either Chelsea or Manchester United at Wembley.
The Gunners secured a well-deserved win over FA Cup holders Manchester city with 2-0 win. Arsenal took the lead through Pierre Aubameyang in the first half after a slick move by Arsenal players. Aubameyang had earlier missed a chance after he was set through on goal by David Luiz but when Pepe’s cross came in, he made amends to send Arsenal in front.
Arsenal added a second goal in the second half to extend their lead after a busting counter-attack that involved Nicholas Pepe and Tierney who set The gunners captain free on goal.
Pep who had earlier stressed the in a press conference before the game that his teams always struggle in semi-finals ended up being a prophet to his own fate after his apprentice Arteta guided Arsenal to a well-deserved win over him. “I struggled a lot in my career in the semi-finals. It was easier in the finals. I handled them much, much better”. Pep said before adding “I’ve lost many more semis than finals I’ve played. It’s more difficult, so after that, we’ll see what happens.”
Guardiola also knew he was up to a tough game facing the Gunners after he watched them overcome freshly crowned Premier league champions Liverpool at the Emirates in midweek. Pep said in press conference “My opinion didn’t change when they beat Liverpool or lost to Brighton, not for one second.
“So we expect a tough game. They have something special – team spirit. Mikel has created that. “
Arsenal will now sit and wait for Chelsea and united to play out their semi final today to see who they play in the Final.
An FA Cup final win for Arsenal will all but confirm their participation in Europe next season.