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Gunners vs Citizens

In the second FA Cup semi final, Arsenal host Manchester City with the winner facing Chelsea or Tottenham in the final on 27th May.

 

With his future uncertain, this is a must win match for Arsene Wenger for many reasons.

 

Team news

 

Arsenal have several players ruled out of this game.

 

Goalkeeper, David Ospina is still recovering from a back injury.

 

Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez are both still missing with thigh issues.

 

Jeff Reine Adelaide and Santi Cazorla are currently dealing with Ankle injuries whilst Danny Welbeck has a toe injury.

 

Wekbeck however is back training so could feature in the match.

 

Manchester City is welcoming Gabriel Jesus back into the fold.

 

John Stones unfortunately failed to recover from a muscle injury and joins Ilkay Gundogan on the slidelines.

 

Arsenal’s battle

 

Arsenal are unbeaten in the FA Cup since reclaiming the trophy in May 2014 except for a shock defeat at Watford, last season in quarter finals.

 

Wenger will be glad that his Arsenal side haven’t lost at Wembley since finishing as runners up in the 2010-11 League Cup.

 

Recent form has seen the Gunners lose seven of their last 13 games in all competitions. Two of those victories came against non league sides in Sutton United and Lincoln City.

 

Aleix Sanchez seems to love Wembley, having scored five goals at the iconic venue. Three have come for Arsenal whilst two came in England vs Chile.

 

Man City favourites?

 

Man City have progressed from all of their FA Cup semi finals since a defeat by Arsenal in the 1931-32 season.

 

This season has seen them beat three fellow top flight clubs away from home en route to the semi. With this being on neutral ground, that stat will count for nothing here.

 

Pep Guardiola has been to Wembley before with Barcelona in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final. He left with the trophy on that occasion after beating Manchester United.

 

There is a pattern at Wembley for the Citizens because they have won then lost then won ….  on their last seven trips to the Capital.

 

Their last visit to Wembley saw them win the 2015-16 League Cup so is defeat on the cards?

 

Prediction

 

Manchester City have to be favourites to progress but their last semi final defeat did come against Arsenal 85 years ago.

 

These sides played out a 2-2 draw at start of this month so expect goals here.

 

Arsenal need the win more even if via extra time or penalties, in order to ease the pressure on Wenger.

 

Man City will be confident on maintaining their strong form but can see history repeating itself here in a thriller.

 

Prediction: Arsenal 3-2 Manchester City

Result: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City (AET)

 

 

 

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