A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double helped Mikel Arteta get one over his former boss Pep Guardiola as Arsenal beat Manchester City at Wembley to progress the FA Cup final.
Arteta who has endured a topsy-turvy reign at the Gunners since leaving the assistant’s position at Manchester City to take over the reins at the Emirates Stadium now has a chance to mark his first season in charge with major silverware when they face Chelsea or Manchester United in the final on 1 August.
Equally as important, it means Arsenal’s bid for European football is still on as they can still qualify if they win the trophy in the event they come up short in the league.
Match-winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who’s currently considering his future with the Gunners ruthlessly exposed City’s defensive deficiencies with his clinical finishing.
The Gabon striker put the Gunners ahead after 19 minutes when he showed great technique to steer home Nicolas Pepe’s cross with the outside of his foot at the far post following a flowing team move.
City dominated play after the break but squandered their opportunities and Aubameyang made them pay once more in the 71st minute when he broke away to slide a composed finish between Ederson’s legs.
The victory marks another impressive showing by Arsenal after they beat Premier League champions, Liverpool, at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
And just like they did in beating Liverpool, Arsenal were impressive in defence, showing a solidity and organisation at the back that has often been missing from their big game outings.
The win will boost Arsenal’s hopes of adding a record-extending 14th FA Cup title to their cabinet regardless of who they come up against in the final.