FA Cup: Aubameyang brace helps clinical Arsenal knock out holders City

Monday, 20 Jul, 2020

Frank Lampard has rejected Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's claims that Chelsea will have an unfair advantage in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final because they have had more time to rest. Olivier Giroud's close-range deft touch from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross was pushed into his own goal by De Gea.

United is unbeaten in their last six games against Chelsea including three meetings this season where Manchester United has scored six times in those games. Across the field, United's players were second best.

He spilled a long range effort from Mason Mount early in the second half that made the scores 2-0 and left United with a mountain to climb.

DF Brandon Williams, 6 - Gave the ball away to Mount in the build up to Chelsea's second, but battled gamely as he returned from an eye injury.

It summed up United's misfortune that the third goal in the 74th came from captain Harry Maguire accidentally turning the ball past De Gea at the near post when under pressure from Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger.

For years, Spain global De Gea has been the safety net behind a somewhat-dubious United back line.

Even in the short period since English football restarted following the coronavirus-enforced break, De Gea has struggled. A penalty from Bruno Fernandes, awarded after Hudson-Odoi had tripped Martial, was the most hollow of consolations. Guardiola's team remains in the pandemic-delayed Champions League, resuming next month with a 2-1 lead in the round of 16 against Real Madrid.

A win over Premier League champions Liverpool on Wednesday night set them up for this contest but instead of being gifted their goals by defensive errors, Aubameyang's unerring finishing in his first appearance in the competition this season proved to be the difference. Do your job. We're not on about winning league, just getting into the top four!

United's best result on Sunday came elsewhere in London as Tottenham beat Leicester.

Pepe has actually been associated with 17 objectives in all competitors for Arsenal this season (8 objectives, 9 helps) - just Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (27) has actually been associated with more.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's had a frightful start in the second stanza, as just a minute from the break, Brandon Williams' back pass was intercepted by Mount, who went clear to drill a low strike from the edge of the box past De Gea, who should have done better.

Bournemouth are in relegation trouble after being beaten 2-0 by Southampton, remaining in next-from-last place.

City could not respond as the Gunners increasingly broke up play by going down for treatment and seeing out seven minutes of added time with few problems.