Arsenal defeated Manchester City 2-1 in the FA Cup semifinal to book a meeting with London rivals Chelsea in the final.Sergio Aguero put City ahead with a sublime chip, but Nacho Monreal equalised for Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez struck in extra time to hand Arsene Wenger a much-needed win.
Here are 5 things we learned from the game:
1) Arsenal have got the heart:
After years of struggle in the Premier League, questions have been asked whether Arsenal really do have the pedigree to dig out wins. The win against City showed that they have it. Arsenal were trailing when Aguero scored the opening goal, but did not give up and ultimately came out winners.
2) City are extremely dependent on Silva:
The Spaniard had to go off due to a heavy tackle by Gabriel, and his importance to City showed as they lacked the creativity and calmness he provides. The little magician has been in sublime form this season and more often than not runs the show for City. He and Kevin De Bruyne are tasked with doing the creative work for City, but with the Belgian suffering a dip in form, the Spaniard was missed even more.
Arsene Wenger's reaction to Arsenal reaching the FA Cup final!
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3) Rob Holding has a really bright future:
The young centre-half is rated highly by Arsene Wenger and put in a confident performance against Manchester City. Holding has not played a lot this season as Koscielny and Mustafi have been Arsenal's first choice defensive partnership. But he has come up with good performances whenever he has been given the chance. He is still very young and could be Arsenal's first choice defender for many years to come.
4) Pep has had a disappointing first season:
Touted as the best manager in the world, Guardiola's arrival was greeted with great optimism from fans and experts alike. But the result has been an underwhelming first season. Guardiola was expected to atleast win the Premier League in his first season, but City have fallen well behind in the title race and are out of the other competitions as well. Guardiola needs to win trophies next season to justify his tag as the best manager in the world.
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5) Alexis Sanchez is a warrior:
The Chilean has by far been Arsenal's best player this season, and he produced another brilliant performance against City as he scored the decisive goal in extra time. Sanchez has often been criticised for the tantrums he throws, but that is due to his intense desire to win. Arsenal need to desperately keep hold of him next season or risk having another poor season.