Arsenal 2 Manchester City 1: FA Cup semi-final live as it happened – Alexis Sanchez goal sets up Chelsea vs Arsenal FA Cup Final – Wembley highlights
Sergio Aguero had put City ahead with a fine breakaway goal just after the hour having had another strike controversially ruled out – but Nacho Monreal equalised.
City twice hit the woodwork in the latter stages of normal time through Yaya Toure and Fernandinho but Sanchez, recently linked with City, pounced for a 101st-minute winner after a goalmouth scramble.
Arsenal’s victory vindicated under-pressure Arsene Wenger’s decision to play with three at the back for the second time in a week.
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MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could return against Arsenal after two months out with a broken foot.
Defender John Stones has been ruled out after failing to recover from the muscle injury which forced him out of last week’s Premier League victory at Southampton.
With Claudio Bravo having featured in the last two Premier League games, Willy Caballero could return in goal if manager Pep Guardiola sticks to his usual cup rotation policy. Right-back Bacary Sagna (groin) is unlikely to return.
Provisional squad: Caballero, Bravo, Zabaleta, Navas, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Kolarov, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Sane, Nolito, Aguero, Jesus, Iheanacho.
Arsenal have a number of injury problems with David Ospina (back), Danny Welbeck (toe), Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez (thigh) all missing, while Jeff Reine-Adelaide (ankle) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) will not play again this season.
Manager Arsene Wenger changed to a three-man defence for Monday’s win at Middlesbrough and admits he could stick with the new system against City with the likes of Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin hoping for recalls.
Provisional squad: Cech, Martinez, Macey, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez, Giroud.
It hasn’t been the perfect start for Pep in Manchester, and he understands City’s owners want more from him – an FA Cup trophy would be a good start.