The oldest football competition in the world takes center stage once again this weekend. After giant-killings and dream adventures, the competition enters the penultimate stages with two mouthwatering clashes.
First on the cards is Arsenal taking on Manchester City. A classic fixture that is a case of cup holders against record holders, the master meeting his apprentice and the blue side of Manchester squaring it of with the red side of London .
Arsenal are chasing a record 14th FA Cup success, a feat that will see them earn an automatic Europa League qualification for next season. Meanwhile Manchester City are chasing a second successive cup double after winning the Carabao cup earlier this year.
In the quarter-finals, Pep Guardiola’s men beat Newcastle United by two goals to nil while a stoppage-time winner from Dani Ceballos saw Arsenal emerge 2-1 victors against Sheffield United.
Date, Time, Venue and Match officials
The clash takes place at Wembley stadium on Saturday, 18th July 2020 at 9.45 EAT.
Jonathan Moss will be the center referee while Craig Pawson will be in charge of the VAR.
Head to head
The Gunners have only won one of the last ten meetings between them and City. That win however came in a similar fixture, a 2-1 win after extra time in the 2017 semi-finals where they eventually beat Chelsea to lift the cup.
This will be the 199th time that the two sides meet. Arsenal have won on 96 occasions, City 56 times, with 46 matches ending in a draw
Eddie Nketiah is serving the last of his three-match domestic suspension after being re-carded against Leicester. Mateo Guendouzi is unlikely to feature after being exiled form first team training. Bernard Leno, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli, and Calum Chambers are all long-term absentees while Mesut Ozil is likely to miss out on team selection.
Marksman Sergio Aguero remains sidelined following a knee operation, while Claudio Bravo and Joao Cancelo both face late fitness tests for slight muscular issues.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been the main man for Arsenal throughout the seasons. His tally of 23 goals in all competitions is among the best in the country.
The evergreen Kevin De Bruyne will look to fire City to glory. The Belgian has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 13 times and providing 21 assists in all competitions.
The Historic Wembley Stadium awaits as the semi-finals beckon. Each team will looking to put their best foot forward and step into the finals. Will the Arteta outsmart his mentor or will Guardiola prove that he is still the master at this craft??