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‘Happy and proud’ – Arteta beams as Arsenal seal 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Man City

Arsenal are through to a record breaking 21st FA Cup final after sealing a hugely impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City tonight at Wembley.

Despite Man City dominating possession right from the off, it would be Arsenal who almost opened the scoring after 15 minutes, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired straight at Ederson when through one-on-one.

However, the Gunners talismanic number 14 would make amends just minutes later, the Gabon international poking home at the back post from an excellent Nicolas Pepe cross.

Guardiola’s side emerged for the second period with renewed vigour, though in-form attacker, Raheem Sterling, twice shot just wide in the first few minutes after the break.

Next up to go close for last seasons winners was Riyad Mahrez, although Gunners keeper Emi Martinez was equal to the Algerian’s powerful low drive.

City continued to lay siege to the Arsenal goal, but the Gunners always looked dangerous on the break and a fine counter-attack in the 71st minute saw them double their lead.

The goal would come from a familiar source, with Aubameyang racing on to a sublime ball over the top from Kieran Tierney, before the 31-year-old slid his finish between the keeper’s legs for his second of the game.

Much like in their unexpected 2-1 win over Liverpool in midweek, Arsenal had to defend with their lives in the closing stages and Mikel Arteta will have been delighted to see his side use their new-found defensive resolve to see out an impressive victory.

Speaking afterwards, former Man City coach Arteta, paid tribute to his side’s performance, although he did admit he was sad that his players are unable to celebrate their win with the Gunners faithful.

“I’m extremely happy and proud of the players. I’m sad that we can’t enjoy this moment with our fans,” Arteta told BT Sport.

“That’s what you need against this team. You have to make the most of the opportunities and put everybody on the line. They are the best team in Europe in the way they play positionally.

“There’s a great chemistry between them [Arsenal players] and they believe in what we are trying to do and you can see that. Congratulations to them.

“They [Man City] are really good on the high press, as we are as well. We gave the ball away in dangerous situations and they are good in that transition moment but the first goal was really great. There are some things that we are trying to close down.”

The Gunners will face either Manchester United or Chelsea in the showpiece event on 1 August, with the two sides semi-final taking place on Sunday evening.

Read – Five of the most memorable FA Cup semi-finals ever

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