FA Cup semi-final high drama with more to come

It took until the 62nd minute for star striker Sergio Aguero to open the scoring for The Citizens, only for defender Nacho Monreal to equalise with 19 minutes remaining at Wembley, forcing an extra 30 minutes of play.

The Chilean scored an extra-time victor as the Gunners' secured their spot in a record 20th FA Cup final after defeating Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley last weekend.

"That's why I'm very proud of the players because they stayed united and determined".

The victory on Sunday means Arsenal have registered back-to-back wins for the first time since January, following a miserable run of form in the league.

"I think we are going to be under pressure every game now".

Sterling smashed home a rebound off Petr Cech in the first half, but the ball was ruled to have drifted out of play beforehand from Leroy Sane's cross.

Once all that is over Arsenal have the FA Cup final against Chelsea, Cech's old team, and he is understandably looking forward to it.

The Gunners face a battle to qualify for the Champions League, as they now sit seventh and seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

The Red Devils are one point behind City and could usurp them if they win Thursday's clash at the Etihad.

Speaking to the media after the match, Toure admitted that he was aware that the FA is likely to review his comments, but added that he is looking forward to playing under fair conditions in which a referee's decision can not influence the result of the match directly. If you get your starting line up wrong, you change it at half-time, people say 'You see, he is a tactical magician!' because he changed the team at half-time. "If (we) talk about the referee the FA is going to come in for the punishment if we think like that, but I think I need to sleep and rest and forget this game".

"I think the most important thing [against City] was the discipline of the whole team and the effort".

"There is a lot at stake so we need to focus and try to get the three points to make our fans happy".

With the Gunners own top four finish/Champions League qualification hopes quickly eroding, moving on to the FA Cup could somewhat salvage (at least a little) a very down season. "It's not a bad injury, we'll test him today".

"It is going to be special", Cech said.

  • Julie Sanders