Manchester City’s FA Cup title defence came to an end as Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang bagged a brace to take the Gunners into the FA Cup final.
Manchester City started brightly but were quickly brought crashing down to earth when a good piece of build-up play saw Nicholas Pepe pick out his captain who slotted past a rooted Ederson to take the lead.
Pep Guardiola’s side continued to dominate possession as they looked to strike back, but battled to test Emiliano Martínez except for a change from Riyad Mahrez that was kept out well by the Argentine shot-stopper who has stepped up brilliantly since the injury to Bernd Leno.
With the score just 1-0 at half-time, the game looked poise for an exciting second half with Cty resigned to having to chase the game, a prospect any Guardiola coach side relishes.
Arsenal were happy to sit deep and let the Cityzens attack them with David Luiz at the centre of what looked an uncharacteristically organized Arsenal backline.
With the blistering pace of Aubameyang ever-present, Kieran Tierney had a chance to release the Gabonese forward as he raced away from a hapless City defence before finishing neatly through the legs of Ederson.
City did not relent, but despite having 70% of the possession and 15 more attempts on goal than their counter-parts were unable to find a way back into the game with Guardiola visibly resigned to the result 10 minutes before the final whistle.
The victory caps off an impressive week for the Gunners who claimed the scalp of Liverpool on Wednesday, albeit through the fault of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.
Today there can be arguments about the validity of the victory and Mikel Arteta deservedly had a big smile on his face as he thanked his mentor after the game.