FA Cup semis: Arsenal 2-1 Man City in extra time

Paola Ditto
Aprile 24, 2017

Obviously it was quite a tight match but I believed we deserved to win it in the 2nd half.

But Guardiola was outwitted by Wenger, who has adopted the three-man defense that has served the Premier League's top two teams, Chelsea and Tottenham, so well this season.

City took the lead with a superb breakaway goal from Sergio Aguero just after the hour but then switched off to allow a Nacho Monreal equaliser. "We did absolutely everything in the way we want to". With better players. So of course big clubs around the world are going to know his situation", he told United Kingdom newspapers."When the big, big players go to Barcelona they understand that Lionel Messi is unique.

Arsenal host champions Leicester City in the league on Wednesday and will be looking to reclaim sixth spot from Everton, who have played three games more. We have a very strong overall situation and a very strong team. We arrive here and we compete, create more chances than our opponent, and hit the post.

"Football is a team sport, and as a manager the biggest joy is when you feel like you have a real team performance, that was the case today and that's why I'm happy".

Had they shown this kind of fight against Bayern Munich, the final scoreline, even with ten men in that second leg, would not have been 10-2 on aggregate. "It's hard for us to score but we have to improve".

Guardiola refused to blame the match officials and said that he would instead look to within for the answers.

"He was over the moon for us but we are delighted as well that we have got to a final for him". We will come back stronger next season. We looked solid and risky. Some will leave. Always I will do what I did in my life and try to do it better.

Arsenal have faced intense criticism to get a campaign which has seen them crash from the Champions League in the last-16 sage and sit seventh in the Premier League with under a month of the season to play.

Asked what message he had for his players ahead of facing United on Thursday, Guardiola added: "To stand up". It was full back Monreal's first goal for two years.

City will certainly also feel Lady Luck deserted them as they shed playmaker David Silva to injury early on and saw those initiatives from Toure and also Fernandinho struck the woodwork.

But Alexis is just one step below.

The big question, of course, is why can't Arsenal play like this all the time?

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