Manchester City’s FA Cup dreams came to an end on Saturday night as they were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal in their semifinal at Wembley. It was a dismal display from Pep Guardiola’s men from start to finish, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proving to be the match winner courtesy of a goal in each half.
Last season’s Premier League champions maintained possession well in the early stages of the game and pushed Arsenal back with real confidence, to the point where they were creating unforced errors within the Gunners defensive setup. They didn’t rush forward without a thought, but at the same time, they never let up and constantly kept the ball moving even when it wasn’t going their way.
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Every single final ball was lacking any kind of substance, and that can largely be put down to poor communication. That goes for their attacking stars as well as their back four, and if you’re looking for a side with some real unity and cohesion, you certainly won’t find one here. If teams are able to soak up their pressure and hit them on the counter, City seem to crumble more often than not.
Manager rating out of 10
5 — Guardiola stuck with the status quo in regards to his starting XI, but there was something quite one-dimensional in the way they were playing. The Spaniard has always been stubborn in his management style and that was echoed through a repetitive, and frankly unsuccessful, display through large portions of the game. He did make changes, but you could argue they should’ve mixed things up before the hour mark.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Ederson, 6 — City’s keeper may have made two important saves from Shkodran Mustafi and Aubameyang, but he couldn’t prevent the latter from scoring a brace — largely due to him being let down by his defence.
DF Benjamin Mendy, 4 — He…