Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta outmaneuvered his predecessor Pep Guardiola when the Gunners emerged triumphant in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Thanks to Aubameyang.
Arteta, who left his job in December as Manchester City’s assistant manager to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal, now has an opportunity to mark his first season in charge of any silverware as they face Chelsea or Manchester United in the final on August 1.
Aubameyang won the game
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the match-winner, the world-class forward Arsenal is trying to sign on a new long-term deal because he ruthlessly revealed the defensive vulnerabilities of City.
Aubameyang had already shot straight at Ederson with one obvious opportunity but after 19 minutes there was little break for City when he displayed excellent technique at the far post to direct Nicolas Pepe’s cross at home with the outside of his foot.
After the break, City enjoyed possession but squandered their opportunities and Aubameyang made them pay again in the 71st minute. When he sped away at the edge to sneak a controlled finish under the keeper.
It was Arteta’s personal achievement and ended a magnificent week. Following Wednesday’s win over Premier League champions Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.
And there was so much to be admired about Arsenal‘s willingness to adopt a courageous gameplan. Happy to hold possession patiently-often in their own area-with one such passage of play leading to the opener of Aubameyang.
In the second half, as the holders tried to hold on to the FA Cup. Arsenal was well-organized and resilient against Liverpool. Willing to throw bodies on the line to repel the wave of City attacks.
Luiz was a rock
David Luiz had the kind of nightmare that many thought his Arsenal career would end. When they faced City in their first post-lockdown game at Etihad Stadium. Making an error leading to a goal getting a red card when arsenal conceded a penalty.
This was the other side of the Brazilian defender maverick. A rock in the heart of the defense of Arsenal, and a central figure in this victory.