Arteta battles Guardiola for FA Cup Final Ticket


After falling flat 3-0 in the most recent meeting between them, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be hoping for revenge against his former boss Pep Guardiola tonight.

Saturday’s tantalising FA Cup tie billed for the Wembley stadium pitches holders Manchester City against record-holders Arsenal in the first semi-final contest.

Many have tagged it the battle between master and his apprentice because Arteta served as assistant manager to Guardiola for three seasons and was understudy to the former Bayern Munich Coach when the Cityzens lifted the trophy last season.

The Gunners will be hoping for their 14th FA Cup title and deny Man City the chance to retain their title.

Arsenal got a huge boost following their 2-1 win at the Emirates against Liverpool while Man City warmed up for the tie with a 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Bournemouth.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for the live updates from Wembley stadium.

Kick-off is 7. 45pm.

Arsenal team news

Starting XI: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Subs: Macey, Holding, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Willock, Nelson, Smith, Saka

Manchester City team news

Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, D Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Subs: Carson, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Rodrigo, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden


We are underway.. Manchester City with the kick-off at Wembley


Good start by City as David Silva gets a chance at goal

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It’s been more of City in the early exchanges.. Ball possession: Arsenal: 20%, Manchester City: 80%.


Corner kick for City but Arsenal clear thier lines


Chance for City as Mustafi almost gifts the opponent the breakthrough


More and more pressure for the Gunners.. Just 10 minutes into the game, will Arteta’s men survive this onslaught


Alexandre Lacazette ruled offside as Arsenal muster an effort finally


This is the 199th meeting between Arsenal. Arsenal have won 96 while man City has won 57 while they have drawn the rest


Goal.. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gives Arsenal the lead


Good cross from Nicolas Pepe for Aubameyang and the Gabonese buries the ball in the net


Water break. the game is paused so the players can take some liquids on-board.


Good defensive display by Arsenal so far


Arsenal are living dangerously with two comical mistakes already in this match


Chance missed… Aubameyang should have made it 2-0


Nicolas Pep is ruled offside


This is Arsenal’s 30th appearance in the FA Cup final and they are leading in this particular one


Corner kick for Arsenal


Big save by Ederson as Mustafi gets his head on the corner kick


The winner of this game tonight would face either Chelsea or Manchester United in the final


Manchester City have won 10 out of their 12 appearances in the Semi final of the FA Cup.. The two times they lost, it was against Arsenal.. Will history repeat itself tonight


Corner kick for City


Chance for City but effort goes over the bar


Half Time Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City


Aubameyang’s 19th minute goal is the difference between both sides for now


Second half now underway


Quick corner kick for City


CHANCE! Brilliant counter-attack by City but Raheem Sterling’s left-footer goes inches wide


Outstanding save by Martinez denying Riyad Mahrez a chance to give City the equaliser


Thirty minutes to go… Arsenal still leading by a lone goal


VAR — The referee has stopped the play. VAR check in progress, a potential penalty situation.


No Penalty as City is awarded a corner kick


GOAL!!! Aubameyang doubles the lead for Arsenal


Kieran Tierney provided the assist for the goal.


74 minutes gone and its Arsenal 2-0 City




































 



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