By James K. Attaglo Wilson
The quest for a record 14th FA Cup trophy is on for Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal lads as they await the winner of the Chelsea vs. Manchester United today.
The Gunners produced a mouth-watering performance on Saturday to see off Manchester City at Wembley as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a brace to push the Arsenal agenda afloat.
For the first time in so many attempt, Arsenal ceased both possession and goal scoring opportunities from Pep Guardiola’s men as the Gabonese deadly striker [Aubameyang] struck in either half to secure a 2-0 win for the Gunners.
In fact, Arsenal had lost their last seven games against Man City but Mikel Arteta, a student of Pep Guardiola himself manage to turn the tides excellently in his favour and could not hide his happiness in the post match interview:
“I’m extremely happy and proud of our players, but it’s very sad we cannot enjoy this moment with our fans and enjoy watching the team and achieving the final,” he told BT Sport.
“To beat the best you need to take your opportunities and when you have to defend you have to put everybody on the line…
“We have great chemistry, they really believe in what we are trying to do and you can sense that. They deserve it, everyone on the pitch.”
A frustrated Pep Guardiola accepted that his team did not put up a winning performance and must now shift their focus on the Champions League, and the second leg of their quarter-final against Real Madrid on August 7.
“We didn’t play good, the regret is that we didn’t play the first half like we did in the second.
“When you play like we did in the second you maybe you can lose but we didn’t play good. On a day when you have to, we didn’t.”
“Now we have two weeks.
“We wanted to play the [FA Cup] final one week before the Madrid game to be in rhythm, but we missed this chance.”