Arsenal beating Manchester City 2-0 after accruing a 2-20 scoreline across the previous seven matches was not the only headline to emerge from their semi-final Wembley win.
Although City dominated possession for the entirety of the match, Arsenal neutralised them all over the pitch while being clinical in front of goal themselves. It was everything we’ve watched others do to Arsenal for years as we started our slow decline.
By half-time, Arsenal had mustered three whole shots on target – more than they’d managed in their three previous meetings with City combined. At full-time we’d had four shots in total.
City? They finished the game with 16 shots, four times as many. The important thing, however, was that only one of those was on target – City’s lowest tally since April, 2018.
100% of Arsenal’s four shots were on target. City managed just 6.25%. 10 were off target while Arsenal blocked another five and one hit the bar which, technically, counts as off target as well.
Auba also netted his first goals against Manchester City in his seventh attempt, and you can see how his big game record stacks up here.
In addition, he became the fourth Arsenal player to score a brace at Wembley after:
Reg Lewis in the 1950 FA Cup final
Charlie Nicholas in the 1987 League Cup final
Alexis Sanchez in the 2015 FA Cup semi-final
City’s defeat was also the first time they have lost a domestic cup tie in 22 games.
I guess if we can’t have our usual summer Emirates Cup, we will just have to make do with this one instead…