Manchester City was subjected to a brutal loss at the hands of Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final, following which, Twitter exploded in frenzy
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez settled the scores 11 minutes into extra time after Manchester City could not clear Ozil’s free-kick.
The Gunners showed resilience and did a great job at counter-attacking during the most unexpected moments. This will also ease some pressure off Arsene Wenger, who has been at the back end of receiving hate for quite some time now.
Although it wasn’t an equal playing field after City’s one goal was disallowed right before half time, Arsenal clearly emerged as the better team.
City 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.
However, this became good news for the Gunners, as Wenger is now aiming to win his record seventh FA Cup.
It is interesting to note that while chants of ‘Wenger out’ kept growing, people suddenly started praising Wenger left, right and center after last night’s match. The burning question of whether or not Wenger should retire after this season remains unanswered, but for now, the Gunners fans seem to be delighted.
Meanwhile, seen any "Sack Wenger" posters tonight?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 23, 2017
Wenger right now… https://t.co/bBSaOXPPXL
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) April 23, 2017
"4th place is not a trophy". Arsene Wenger has more trophies than 4th place finishes so take your argument & your a4 laminate and shove it
— Steve Hills (@Merse10) April 23, 2017
Did you know? Arsène Wenger is the only manager to beat Pep Guardiola's Barcelona, Bayern Munich & Manchester City. pic.twitter.com/ZS7Uiyyywk
— Football Talk (@_FootyTalk_) April 24, 2017
such passion and loyalty to/for one club, Arsene Wenger, hope he gets an extension. pic.twitter.com/XFrG2wsygZ
— Fante Van Gaal (@Solomvn) April 24, 2017
Been A Long Time Since Arsene Wenger Went Into The Dressing Rooms Like This pic.twitter.com/jODdN4fjKk
— SlySportsNewsHQ (@SIySP0RTSNewsHQ) April 23, 2017
While people started showing support for Wenger, Pep Guardiola was not so lucky. When a manager of his calibre took over Manchester City, people expected wonders from him. However, this will be his first trophy-less season as a manager.
Their top-four spot is also not sealed so far, since the Manchester derby is fast approaching. With the amount of money City spent on transfers, its needless to say that the bosses also wouldn’t be too impressed.
Pep should be thankful to Messi that he got to add Bayern Munich and Manchester City on his Resume.
— Rui Faria Fan (@snacksinthehall) April 23, 2017
Can someone tell me how the Quadruple is coming along…@ManCity
— Billy Meredith (@UrmstonLordMUFC) April 23, 2017
Out of the Title Race
Out of the EFL Cup
Out of the Champions League
Out of the FA Cup
Pep Guardiola. Failure.
— UtdWay (@UtdWay) April 23, 2017
So world class Pep Guardiola who was supposed to revolutionise City wins 0 trophies in his first season while Pellegrini won 2
— Sibs (@SibsMUFC) April 23, 2017
If Arsène Wenger is 'finished', what does that make Pep Guardiola?
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) April 23, 2017
In his very first season, Pep Guardiola manages to match his trophy count exactly with the number of hair on his head. The man's a genius!
— TRed (@twink_mufc) April 23, 2017
When it came to Arsenal’s performance, one man clearly stood out. Alexis Sanchez was sublime from the beginning till the end, and he won the hearts of the fans after supplying that last crucial goal which handed them the victory.
While it is not sure if he is going to remain in Arsenal after the end of this season, people took to Twitter to appreciate the Chilean star.
— Lumos 🇯🇲 (@Lumos7) April 24, 2017
— afcgif (@afcgif) April 23, 2017
Lmao, never getting bored of Sanchez dropping 1/10's and bagging a tap in winner and claiming the glory, Ronaldo style. GOAT.
— GoonerGordo (@GoonerGordo) April 23, 2017
All we need is Lukaku, Sanchez, a midfielder and two full backs. We have enough CBs.
— Benjamin Aidoo™ (@Facosh) April 24, 2017
Alexis Sanchez has scored 4 goals for Arsenal at Wembley…
That's more than any other player in the club's history. 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/VpUnFHPm0p
— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) April 24, 2017
Please give Alexis Sanchez £300,000 per week or whatever he asks for! @Arsenal
— Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) April 23, 2017
— Arush (@arushb) April 23, 2017
Meanwhile, a lot was also said about the controversial disallowed goal of Manchester City’s. Replays did show that there was nothing wrong with the goal, and that the referee’s decision was wrong. Twitter was on fire right after that crucial moment.
Man City beat us with 2 offside goals in December so if they had a goal wrongly disallowed yesterday I couldn't give a toss
— The Minibus Crew (@TheMinibusCrew) April 24, 2017
Just back from Wembley, had 4 hours to reflect and still can't help feeling we were robbed, clear pen, goal disallowed and hit bar and post
— Darren Marshall (@dmmcfc) April 23, 2017
Perfectly normal goal disallowed. Shocking officiating this. It is called The Emirates FA Cup! pic.twitter.com/oc8kP1ngTf
— City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) April 23, 2017
We should have had a penalty. They had a goal wrongly disallowed. Both teams been fucked over. Higher pressure needed 2nd half! COME ON AFC
— Fenton AFC (@TheLankyGooner) April 23, 2017
Raheem Sterling's FA Cup semi-final goal wrongly disallowed for an out-of-play ball – some would say things are coming full circle pic.twitter.com/u4J5Ryyazu
— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) April 23, 2017
While things worked out for Arsenal in this match, it remains to be seen how they fare against Premier League leaders Chelsea in their FA Cup final. With a lot at stake for Wenger, that match is bound to be a cracker.