Manchester City is going head-to-head against Arsenal in the next FA Cup semi-final in just a few minutes from now.
Manchester City and Arsenal have had contrasting forms over the last couple of weeks. Manchester City managed to garner quite a few wins, but Arsenal on the other hand didn’t have so much luck. Arsenal is playing their semi-final at a time when the club is going through a rough patch with fans calling for Arsene Wenger’s sack louder than ever.
The “Wenger out” term has been picking a lot of steam over the last couple of months – specifically after December last year. Arsenal’s rather dismal form in response to that sentiment has only given more fodder for more Arsenal fans to start using those words.
Arsenal’s season was going as it has for the better part of the last decade but that was until they were hammered by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Since, their form can be best described as ‘free-fall.’ In two Premier League matches against Crystal Palace and West Ham United, they conceded six goals and scored none. Before that they drew against Manchester City and that match came after a 3-1 loss to West Brom. In a matter of days they went from being second on the league table to seventh.
City, on the other hand, have remained buoyant after their Champions League exit to Monaco. While Arsenal had to go through non-league Lincoln City to reach the semi-final, City beat Middlesbrough 2-0. The 2014 FA Cup triumph has been the only trophy that Arsenal have won in more than 12 years and it is a stage where they have produced some of their best performances. It remains to be seen whether that will be the case today.
Following are starting XI and Subs:
Manchester City: Bravo, Navas, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane, Aguero. Subs:Caballero, Zabaleta, Fernando, Kolarov, Delph, Sterling, Iheanacho.
Arsenal: Cech, Gabriel, Koscielny, Holding, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud. Subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Gibbs, Coquelin, Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck.