Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into the FA Cup remaining with two well-taken objectives towards Man Metropolis at an empty Wembley.
The Gunners have been beneath strain for giant spells of the sport however their star ahead was medical along with his possibilities when it mattered.
Metropolis dominated the opening phases with Arsenal’s defence wanting nervy in possession, particularly when attempting to play out from the again.
Nevertheless it was Arsenal who would break the impasse as Aubameyang, moments after lacking a fantastic one-on-one likelihood, turned residence Nicolas Pepe’s deep cross.
Metropolis couldn’t power a response earlier than the interval, Arsenal coming near doubling their lead as Shkodran Mustafi’s header was tipped over by Ederson.
Arteta would have been delighted to move in at half-time with the lead, particularly given how the sport began for his facet.
Metropolis have been creating loads of possibilities within the second half and have been denied a penalty as VAR and referee Jon Moss agreed that Raheem Sterling had not been tripped by Mustafi.
These misses got here again to hang-out the FA Cup holders with 20 minutes remaining as Arsenal broke ahead on the counter-attack and Aubameyang raced onto Kieran Tierney’s cross to calmly slot residence his second and double the lead.
Metropolis dominated possession within the closing phases of the match with Arsenal penned into their very own half however couldn’t discover the aim that will get them again into the tie.
Mikel Arteta solely left the Manchester membership in December to take the job at Arsenal however has already comeback to hang-out Pep Guardiola.