Arsenal defeated Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley Stadium, London, on Saturday, 18th July, qualify for the FA Cup finals for the 21st time.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace for the Gunners and eliminated title holders Manchester City from the competition.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised his players for their herculean effort against Pep Guardiola’s side, an effort that showed the chemistry and camaraderie that’s being forged in the squad.
“I am really thankful to the players for the effort they are putting in, the performances they are putting in, the chemistry that they are generating,” Arteta told Arsenal Digital after the match.
“They are trying to play every week, every day. It doesn’t matter, we have players with injections, players that were sick, but they’re willing to play. At the moment I have a feeling that I can pick anybody that is ready to play and perform at that level.”
Arteta further expressed his regret that the fans weren’t at Wembley to share the good moment with the team.
“I’m so happy today. To beat City in a semi-final and to beat the best two teams in Europe probably in three or four days is something I am very proud of. I am sorry for the fans because we could have enjoyed a beautiful moment today with them. They are not here but I just want to tell them that we are thinking about them.”
Arsenal have not yet set foot in Europe. They are currently in the 10th place of the English Premier League. However, the Gunners can claim the ticket to the Europa League if they win the FA Cup.
The record winners of this competition, Arsenal will now be looking to lift the FA Cup for the 14th time when they face either Chelsea or Manchester United in the final on 1st August.
London’s Chelsea will face Manchester United in the second semi-final today, Sunday, 19th July.