Alexis Sanchez’s extra-time struggle and winner goal secured Arsenal an FA Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley Stadium, denying Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola an opportunity to end a season without a trophy for the first time in his coaching career.
The win restores the confidence which gunners had looked up to, after pressure had been piled on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and protests made for the French man not to have his contract renewed.
Arsenal were determined and showed great resilience in the game, coming from behind – and eased the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger – after Sergio Aguero raced clear of Nacho Monreal to put City ahead in the 62nd minute.
Monreal made amends with the equaliser 11 minutes later as he drilled in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross at the far post, but City were left nursing a serious sense of injustice after this disappointing defeat.
They had a goal wrongly ruled out in the first half when Leroy Sane’s cross was adjudged to have gone out before Aguero and Raheem Sterling combined to turn it into the net, while Yaya Toure and Fernandinho hit the woodwork after the break.
The match left Arsenal victorious and Wenger aiming for a record seventh FA Cup triumph.