London, Jul 18 (EFE) .- Mikel Arteta surpassed the teacher. The outstanding student defeated Pep Guardiola and Arsenal defeated Manchester City (2-0) to return to an FA Cup final three years later.
Two goals from the Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Wembley knocked down the reigning champion of the competition in a match in which Manchester City suffered from a punch up.
Arteta’s men went ahead, held the scoreboard and finished off the counter, offensively and tactically beating a City whose vision blurred when the Argentine Emiliano Martínez approached the goal of a very sure goal.
And that anyone who saw the first ten minutes would have seen a landslide from a City that went out to demonstrate their skills as a champion. He ate Arsenal in ten devastating minutes in which the ‘Gunners’ did not even reach 10% possession.
It was a complete crush on City, completely shutting Arsenal in their area.
But Arsenal was comfortable with that scenario, it was practically what Arteta had drawn in his head. As soon as the City lost track or slowed down, it would pay for it.
So it was. Not the first, but yes the second.
David Luiz picked up a loose ball in the middle and left, with a filtered pass, only Aubameyang against Ederson. The African was filled with ball and only found a strong shot to the doll, with which the Brazilian had no problems.
It was a serious warning, but City did not learn from the mistake. This time it was a lateral center. Nicolás Pepé settled for his left foot, put a cross that was closing and the weak defense of the City did not prevent Auba from entering the second post alone. Foreshortened, he sent the ball into the net crossing it against Ederson. The leather touched the stick and fell asleep on the net.
While Juanma Lillo was discussing instructions with Guardiola on the bench, Arsenal brushed past the second in a Mustafi header that brought out the best in Ederson.
City had to wait for the second half to return to have chances against the well-armed defense of Arsenal, which already endured Liverpool during the week.
Raheem Sterling was able to level, but his shot from inside the box, passed by De Bruyne, went out. Later, Riyad Mahrez had it. This time the Algerian made it perfect. He went inside the area, and took a shot with his left foot that looked like a goal, until Emiliano Martínez’s saving mitt avoided him.
City went for the goal and after a corner received the thrust. Aubameyang on the run stood in front of Ederson and beat him with a shot below the Brazilian’s legs. 2-0 and Arsenal headed for their first FA Cup final in three years.
City loses the opportunity to revalidate its title and leaves Arsenal the possibility of winning its fourteenth FA Cup, which would distance it as the club with the most wound in this competition.
– Data sheet:
2 – Arsenal: Martínez; Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Luiz, Mustafi, Bellerín; Ceballos (Kolasinac, m.88), Xhaka; Pepé (Willock, m.72), Lacazette (Torreira, m.79) and Aubameyang.
0 – Manchester City: Ederson; Mendy, Laporte, García, Walker; De Bruyne, D. Silva (Fernandinho, m.88), Gündogan (Rodri, m.66); Sterling, Mahrez (Foden, m.66), Jesús.
Goals: 1-0. Aubameyang, m.19 and 2-0. Aubameyang, m.71.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the first semi-final of the FA Cup played at Wembley Stadium in London behind closed doors.