#Sanchez sends Arsenal into FA Cup final

Alexis Sanchez ensured Arsenal’s stormy season will end with an FA Cup final after securing a 2-1 victory over Manchester City in extra time at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Arsenal will play Chelsea on May 27 in its third FA Cup final in four seasons. The competition has provided a comfort blanket for Arsene Wenger as he has failed to deliver the Premier League trophy since 2004.

But with Arsenal languishing in seventh place in the Premier League, and set to miss out on the Champions League, the heat remains on the manager whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge of City will end without silverware. That’s not what City was expecting when it hired the serial winner who had won titles in every campaign with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

City had led against Arsenal in north London, with Sergio Aguero completing a second-half counterattack after Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey gave the ball away in the opposition half. But Arsenal displayed the resolve lacking so often this year to turn the semifinal around, with defender Nacho Monreal producing a rare goal.

And Sanchez came through for Arsenal in extra time, just as he did for the joint-record 12-time FA Cup winners in the 2015 semifinal, producing a winner in the 101st minute. Mesut Ozil’s free kick was headed down by Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck missed his attempt but Sanchez demonstrated his poacher’s instinct to nudge the ball over the line.


Source – TheJakartaPost

Arsenal Defeated

Crystal Palace strengthened their survival bid and dented Arsenal’s top-four hopes with a superb 3-0 win at Selhurst Park on Monday Night Football.

Andros Townsend gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 lead with a close-range finish on 17 minutes, despite Arsenal’s dominance in possession in the first period.

The Gunners were second best after the break, and it was 2-0 just after the hour mark through Yohan Cabaye’s looping effort, before Luka Milivojevic put Palace three ahead from the penalty spot after Emiliano Martinez brought down Townsend.



Bayern beats Arsenal again

With a second 5-1 rout in three weeks, Bayern Munich completed Arsenal’s humiliation on a night of protests against manager Arsene Wenger.

Whether Wenger gets a chance to return to the Champions League next season remains unclear, as his latest contract will expire at the end of this season after 21 years at the club.

His team’s heaviest-ever loss at the Emirates Stadium, completing a 10-2 aggregate loss on Tuesday as the German champions reached the quarterfinals, will only heighten demands by pockets of supporters for Wenger to go.

Asked if he will manage Arsenal again in the Champions League, Wenger replied: “I don’t know … I am here to talk about football not my future.”

It is Wenger’s failure to deliver Arsenal’s first European Cup that has diminished his standing among fans who once lauded him as a coaching revolutionary.

For the seventh consecutive season, Arsenal has exited the Champions League in the Round of 16 and it has still only reached the final once, back in 2006.

Wenger deflected questions about his own future by reprimanding Tuesday’s referee for what the Frenchman called “unexplainable and scandalous” decisions.

And there was no sympathy from Bayern, with the five-time European champions joining in the derision by tweeting: “What time is it? Yep, it’s ten to!”

Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal

GOAL! 1-0 Bayern! Goal Arjen Robben

The Dutchman cut in from the right inside and sends the ball left glittering off the far post.
Typical Robben goal.

29 ‘- GOAL! 1-1 Arsenal! Goal Alexis Sánchez

The Chilean sees his weak placed penalty saved by Neuer, but does his work in the rebound.
How is it possible.

45’+1′ – End of first half

Arsenal had in the first half only 21 percent of ball possession, but created in the counter some good opportunities. The team from Wenger has even more shots on goal (5) than Bayern (3).

52 ‘- GOAL! 2-1 Bayern! Goal Robert Lewandowski
Pool revancheert himself for the loss penalty for rest by him. He towers over Mustafi and plays very fine touch. Attack from the booklet through via Robben a principal Lahm.

55′- GOAL! 3-1 Bayern! goal Thiago
What a phenomenal goal! The Spanish international will only be put to Ospina with a sublime backheel by Lewandowski. Arsenal is reviewed fully at this stage by an unleashed Bayern.

62′- GOAL! 4-1 Bayern! goal Thiago
The midfielder hits a dropping ball through a forest of legs with a fluke behind Ospina. Arsenal will be lost, when Wenger intervenes?

87 ‘- GOAL! 5-1 Bayern! Goal Thomas Müller
Oxlade-Chamberlain loses the ball as an amateur and that you should not do this at Bayern. Substitute Müller must give the final push.

90 ‘+ 3’ – End of the second half!