Arsenal vs Manchester City 23rd April 2017: FA Cup Preview and Predictions

Apr 24, 2017, 05:14
Arsenal vs Manchester City 23rd April 2017: FA Cup Preview and Predictions

Photos: Arsenal players in training this morning ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup semi-final vs. Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has issued a rallying cry to his under-fire stars, urging them to prove they can cope with the Wembley pressure.

The video, which was shot from a higher vantage point, can be seen in full below.

Navas says it's vital that City now secure a top-four place and Champions League football for next season and that a victory over rivals Manchester United would go along way to securing that place.

No manager has shown more dedication to the FA Cup than Arsene Wenger, who has won the competition six times with Arsenal - nobody in history can boast more.

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Bemoaning his side's finishing, Guardiola claimed City deserved more from a largely dominant display.

City's mood was not helped when Aguero had a penalty claim turned down by Pawson, having gone down under slight contact from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the box.

Shortly before the interval they were unluckily denied a goal when an assistant referee ruled - incorrectly it appeared - that Leroy Sane's cross had drifted out of play before Aguero and then Sterling put the ball past Petr Cech.

Yaya Toure intercepted and quickly chipped the ball over the Arsenal defense to Sergio Aguero.

"Messi creates that, " said Guardiola, whose side face Sanchez and Arsenal in Sunday's FA Cup semifinal at Wembley.

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But Arsenal went close to a late victor when substitute Danny Welbeck drove wide and it was they who made the better start in extra time.

Heading into a Wembley semi-final on the brink of 30 goals for the campaign and with 11 in your past 11 appearances would normally mean unfettered acclaim for a player at the peak of his powers.

Guardiola threw on Kelechi Iheanacho for the second period and City embarked on a late charge, but the Nigeria worldwide missed the target with a header, with De Bruyne also shooting off target and Arsenal substitute Hector Bellerin brilliantly blocking a Delph effort as Wenger's men held on for a famous victory.

On Sunday, both Silva and Aguero had to be replaced in the extra-time loss versus Arsenal, while the health of both Gabriel Jesus and John Stones is in doubt too. "We had a strong response today, we had a little bit of a cautious start, hesitant sometimes, but we didn't give chances away and we grew into the game and slowly we became better and better".

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