Wenger: League form won't affect FA Cup semi

Wenger: League form won't affect FA Cup semi
Wenger: League form won't affect FA Cup semi
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24 April, 2017

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, April 23, 2017.

And yet here, with the pressure at its highest, Wenger coaxed the sort of performance out of Arsenal that puts him on course for an historic FA Cup win when they face Chelsea in the final in late May.

In a way, Arsenal are already ahead of Manchester United.

The result gave manager Arsene Wenger, an FA Cup victor six times, a welcome boost in a season that many supporters would like to be his last at the club.

With fourth placed City well adrift of leaders Chelsea, boss Pep Guardiola is destined to finish his first season empty-handed.

Arsenal's top scorer in this year's competition is Theo Walcott with five goals while Sergio Aguero leads the way for City with four strikes.

The influential Oxlade-Chamberlain delivered a cross from the right which found the opposite wing-back Monreal racing in at the back post and he stabbed in a right-footed volley from six yards.

Sterling then thought he had broken the deadlock but the officials controversially ruled that the ball had gone out of play before Leroy Sane was able to loop his cross in.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "The game was the game and during 90 minutes in games like this, in a semi-final that is like a final, you can not expect to control all the situations but we controlled most of the time".

Aguero wanted a penalty after tangling with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but nothing was given.

When Yaya Toure seized the ball after Aaron Ramsey's mistake deep in City's half, the Ivorian spotted Aguero and sent a long pass towards the striker.

And the woodwork denied City again in the closing stages as Fernandinho's header from eight yards crashed against the crossbar from Kevin De Bruyne's corner.

And the victory will have been made a little sweeter with a win over a rival Wenger has been bested by on numerous occasions: City's manager, Pep Guardiola.

On Sunday, both Silva and Aguero had to be replaced in the extra-time loss versus Arsenal, while the health of both Gabriel Jesus and John Stones is in doubt too.

It looked as though the Gunners might not make it past Manchester City, but after conceding the opening goal, Wenger's men came from behind to win with goals from Nacho Monreal and Alexis Sanchez.


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