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Manchester City to face Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final

Pep Guardiola’s side Manchester City to face all-time record-holder Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

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Manchester City will play Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

Arsenal beat Sheffield United in added time earlier in the day, with Dani Ceballos breaking Blades fans’ hearts moments after David McGoldrick equalised for the hosts. Nicolas Pepe had opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot.

Pep Guardiola had revealed earlier in the week that he had been keeping one eye on the quarter-final tie and the Catalan was true to his word, fielding arguably his strongest line-up, although Claudio Bravo replaced Ederson in goal.

From the off, it was one-way traffic and Man City looked in the mood to play their football, with Newcastle happy to sit back and let them.

While Guardiola would have been happy with their build-up play, the quality finishing was surprisingly poor and only Raheem Sterling had found the target with a powerful effort, as Riyad Mahrez twice went close.

Having spent so long defending for their lives, Newcastle’s hard work was undone by a moment of madness after 37 minutes.

De Bruyne’s cross-searched for Gabriel Jesus but the Brazilian found himself on the deck after a shove from Javi Manquillo.

Referee Lee Mason hadn’t spotted the incident, but a word from VAR official Andre Marriner helped him make the decision. De Bruyne took responsibility for the spot-kick and made no mistake, slotting into the corner and sending Karl Darlow the wrong way.

Ericson Mangoli

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