Saturday evening saw the first of two FA Cup semi-finals take place between Arsenal and Manchester City, and once again, Twitter did not miss a beat.
The game began with Manchester City well on top, clocking up 83% of possession in the opening 10 minutes. But even more predictable than the Citizens’ domination, was a classic Shkodran Mustafi error. The centre-back managed to lose the ball in his own penalty area, almost gifting a goal to his opponents.
Unfortunately for the German, it didn’t go unnoticed.
Luckily, the Arsenal centre-back had a steady head next to him in partner David Luiz, a man known for his excellent decision making and calming persona….
Despite Arsenal’s nervy start, the Gunners unbelievably took the lead!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expertly flicked the ball home from a tight angle, giving Mikel Arteta the dream start to this semi-final.
The Gunners were holding firm against Man City, and Arteta was earning all the praise for his impressive tactics over former boss, Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola was clearly missing his former number two, ranting and raving at the chair where his partner in crime once sat.
Social distancing at its finest.
But no matter how good a coach you are, there’s one thing you cannot legislate for – the Mustafi factor. The clumsy defender put in a crazy sliding challenge on Raheem Sterling, and Gunners’ hearts were in mouths when VAR was called upon to adjudge his tackle.
It was rubbish, but he got away with it.
That calamity was quickly forgotten however, when Aubameyang notched his second of the game in clinical fashion.
And despite Mustafi’s best efforts, Arsenal held on to seal a dramatic 2-0 victory over Man City, sending the Gunners into the final of the old trophy. And all the praise must fall at the feet of coach Arteta, who masterminded a brilliant performance and win over Guardiola.