Aubameyang double sends Arsenal into record FA Cup final
Gunners continue their love affair with famous old trophy by beating Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley to secure a place in their 21st final
18 July, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
Two-goal hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
FA Cup Semi-Final
ARSENAL 2 (Aubameyang 19, 71)
MANCHESTER CITY 0
MIKEL Arteta got the better of his old mentor Pep Guardiola as Arsenal beat Manchester City to reach their 21st FA Cup final this evening (Saturday).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was yet again the match-winner as he scored both goals in a 2-0 win at an eerily-empty Wembley Stadium.
Afterwards Gunners boss Arteta said he was “very sad” that the team couldn’t enjoy the moment with their fans.
He added: “I’m extremely happy and proud of the players. It was a great performance.
“There’s a great chemistry between the players and they believe in what we are trying to do and you can see that. Congratulations to them.”
Aubameyang squandered the first real chance of the game, firing straight at City keeper Ederson after being played in by David Luiz.
But there was no sign of the striker’s confidence shrinking as minutes later he finished off a sweeping team move that involved no fewer than 10 Arsenal players and 18 passes.
The move ended with Nicolas Pepe sending in a sublime cross, and Aubameyang finding the back of the net with the outside of his foot.
As expected City dominated possession throughout, but they managed just one shot on target in the 90 minutes as they failed to get the better of a stubborn Arsenal defence that was well-marshalled by man-of-the-match Luiz.
The game was put to bed in the 71st minute when Aubameyang, played onside by Benjamin Mendy, raced onto Kieran Tierney’s superb ball over the top before coolly nutmegging Ederson.
Having seen the Gunners beat Premier League champions Liverpool and now Manchester City in the space of just four days, Arteta said: “We’ve had an incredible week to beat the best two teams in Europe, it doesn’t happen every day.
“I don’t care who plays, I can trust them – we made changes to the team and still everyone was ready.“
Arteta added that he hoped the victory would encourage captain Aubameyang to sign a new deal. He said: “If he can see the success and direction we are taking, that it is the right one, I think he’ll be more positive about it.
“Big players get criticism when things don’t work. But he showed today on the pitch – not talking – what he can do.
“I think everyone has good moments and bad moments, the way he looks at it when I speak with him, he sounds pretty convinced.”
Chelsea await Arsenal in the final, which takes place on Saturday, August 1, after they beat Manchester United 3-1.
Arsenal: Martinez, Mustafi (Holding, 87), Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos (Kolasinac, 88), Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Pepe (Willock, 72), Lacazette (Torreira, 78), Aubameyang
Substitutes not used: Macey, Sokratis, Smith, Nelson, Saka
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan (Rodrigo, 66), D. Silva (Fernandinho, 87), De Bruyne, Mahrez (Foden, 66), Jesus, Sterling
Substitutes not used: Carson, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Cancelo, Otamendi