Arsenal secured a fantastic 2-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final yesterday, it was an amazing performance and a win that was fully deserved.
Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a solid defensive performance was enough to help us beat City and give ourselves a chance to end this season with a trophy and a place in Europe.
Arsenal player ratings
Emiliano Martinez – 9
Has been helped by Arsenal’s fine defending, but he was composed in goal and got down well to save a certain goal from Mahrez, that save was a huge moment in the game without a doubt.
Hector Bellerin – 8
Did well to get the ball out of defence a couple of times and contributed to the team’s defending. He struggled with his concentration sometimes and was lucky not to have been punished.
Mustafi – 8
Was willing to do everything to keep a clean sheet. Was lucky not to give away a penalty for a misjudged foul on Sterling. Almost scored later with a header.
David Luiz – 9
His best day as an Arsenal player. Read Manchester City’s attacking play so well that he defended all their balls with ease.
Kieran Tierney – 9
Fine assist for the second goal and was solid at the back. Ensured that City didn’t have much joy attacking from his flank. This lad could be world-class.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 8
Did well to cover at left-back and basically put Mahrez in his pocket. Frustrated the winger by showing him on to his right foot on a number of times.
Dani Ceballos – 8
Pressed City so well in midfield and made sure they created very little of any significance. Helped Arsenal make good use of the ball when they gained possession.
Granit Xhaka – 8
Strong in the tackle and was on hand to block shots when City took them.
Nicolas Pepe – 8
Played a part in both goals and helped the Gunners get forward the few times that they did.
Alexandre Lacazette – 9
Held the ball and frustrated Manchester City by earning free kicks everywhere on the pitch. He was immense yesterday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 9
Could have had more goals and made Arsenal a threat every time that they won the ball. Took both goals well and would have got a ten if he did not fluff his lines early in the first half.
Joe Willock – 7
Didn’t do much in terms of creating new chances, but helped the team try to keep possession and see out the game and did exactly what was asked of him.
Lucas Torreria – 7
Extra body to make sure Arsenal had the strength to defend their goals. Helped them bring the ball out of the defence.
Rob Holding – 7
Helped Arsenal keep City out as they pressed for a goal late on.
Sead Kolasinac – 7
Used to waste time and keep City frustrated until the end of the game.
Mikel Arteta – 10
First ever ten I have given. He got everything right, the tactics, team selection and there is absolutely nothing I can fault him for in this game.