Arsenal take on Manchester City on Saturday 18 July in the first of the weekend’s FA Cup semifinals at Wembley. The bookies make City a best-priced 1/3 to win the game in 90-minutes, and Pep Guardiola’s team is in a buoyant mood after finding out they will be playing in next season’s Champions League.
City’s recent record against Arsenal is simply outstanding, as they’ve won their last seven against the Gunners. But it’s interesting that Arsenal’s last win over City came in the semifinal of the 2017 FA Cup. Winning the FA Cup is also Arsenal’s only way into Europe next season, so our tip for Arsenal vs Manchester City is an Arsenal win at 8/1 or better.
It would be easy to build a case for a Man City win. They’ve won their last seven against Arsenal by two or three clear goals and they’ve just smashed both Brighton and Newcastle 5-0 to make sure of playing Champions League football next season.
The case for not backing City starts with the fact that they’ve been least successful in the FA Cup since they became regular title contenders, winning it just twice. Admittedly, they won it last year, but that seemed to detract from their Champions League ambitions. Winning the Champions League remains City’s ultimate-goal and they could just be vulnerable against a side that has nothing else to play for.
Arsenal have also won the FA Cup 13 times, which is more than any other club. It’s also only two years ago since they last lifted the trophy, which was their third victory in the last six years. Let’s face it, a City win will come as no surprise, but the FA Cup could easily inspire Arsenal as it has done on many occasions. Well that’s Mikel Arteta’s motivational pre-match speech written for him, now let’s hope Arsenal can pull-off a shock win.
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