• FA Cup victory over City follows league win over Liverpool
  • Arteta: ‘Really pleased with players and way they are fighting’

A delighted Mikel Arteta said Arsenal’s impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City to reach the FA Cup final meant they had beaten the “two best teams in Europe” following Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Pep Guardiola, though, was critical of City’s performance, saying they struggled in the first half at Wembley.

Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – on 19 and 71 minutes – ensured Arsenal knocked the holders out and handed City a first domestic cup defeat since February 2018. After the victory over the champions, Liverpool, it suggests that Arsenal can be optimistic about their direction under Arteta, who took over in December.

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