FA Cup will not impact Wenger's future at Arsenal
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 0:02
The match will take place at Wembley Stadium.
They are now seven points behind fourth-placed Man City, with a game in hand on Pep Guardiola's side so could cut that lead to just four points. And that people wanted to us to win a trophy or questioned us about winning a trophy.
Arsene Wenger believes he has not been supported adequately. Whether Arsene Wenger ultimately decides to stay or goes, Arsenal require some element of redemption to make the situation at all palatable.
Asked if he had thought about a final against rivals Tottenham, he said: "No".
"You realise you have lived that experience and when you win a title or a final it is a lot of stress and pressure". Despite falling 2-0 down in a game that Wenger describes as "a nightmare", Arsenal eventually went on to lift the trophy after a remarkable comeback.
The Manchester City XI has seen regular changes at the heart of the defence but Guardiola could stick with a similar squad with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo making way for Wilfredo Caballero. Let's hope that all goes well.
The Citizens will be boosted by the return of Gabriel Jesus to light training following his recovery from a metatarsal injury.
Wenger is certainly no stranger to FA Cups and semi-finals; this will be his 12th one.
They've also won the trophy 12 times, a joint-record alongside Manchester United.
"But if Wenger wins, he would be on course for his seventh FA Cup triumph".
If the Gunners win, and Tottenham beat Chelsea in the other semi-final at Wembley tonight, there is the mouthwatering prospect of an all-London final at Wembley on May 27.
In 2014, Arsenal required a late goal from Per Mertesacker and a penalty shoot-out to defeat Wigan to reach the FA Cup final.
The Citizens have alternated between being victorious and losing in their last seven appearances at Wembley, beating Liverpool via penalty shootout last time out in the 2016 League Cup final.
Guardiola has also experimented with a back three at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, where he has struggled with as many defensive issues as Wenger at Arsenal.
"It's a different competition and every competition brings a psychological atmosphere", he said.
He was excellent against Liverpool a few weeks ago, and pretty much ran the show in games against Watford, Leicester, and Stoke earlier in the season - but in none of these games did he get a goal or an assist. He's coming back with his happiness and we are so happy he's back again.