Saturday evening saw the first of two FA Cup semi-finals take place between Arsenal and Manchester City, and once again, Twitter did not miss a beat.
The game began with Manchester City well on top, clocking up 83% of possession in the opening 10 minutes. But even more predictable than the Citizens' domination, was a classic Shkodran Mustafi error. The centre-back managed to lose the ball in his own penalty area, almost gifting a goal to his opponents.
Unfortunately for the German, it didn't go unnoticed.
Really need to install a "defensive error from Mustafi" shortcut key on this computer— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 18, 2020
Gonna be one of those calamitous performances from Mustafi today. You can see it already ?— Big Mokka (@DonMokkz23_) July 18, 2020
Luckily, the Arsenal centre-back had a steady head next to him in partner David Luiz, a man known for his excellent decision making and calming persona....
Mustafi & Luiz having a competition to see who will be the first to implode.— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) July 18, 2020
Despite Arsenal's nervy start, the Gunners unbelievably took the lead!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expertly flicked the ball home from a tight angle, giving Mikel Arteta the dream start to this semi-final.
The Gunners were holding firm against Man City, and Arteta was earning all the praise for his impressive tactics over former boss, Pep Guardiola.
Turns out Pep was Arteta’s assistant— AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) July 18, 2020
Arteta shouting instructions in Spanish, French and English. Thats actually impressive..— Conn (@ConnCFC) July 18, 2020
Guardiola was clearly missing his former number two, ranting and raving at the chair where his partner in crime once sat.
Social distancing at its finest.
But no matter how good a coach you are, there's one thing you cannot legislate for - the Mustafi factor. The clumsy defender put in a crazy sliding challenge on Raheem Sterling, and Gunners' hearts were in mouths when VAR was called upon to adjudge his tackle.
It was rubbish, but he got away with it.
Man Mustafi please stay on your feet just this game...— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) July 18, 2020
That calamity was quickly forgotten however, when Aubameyang notched his second of the game in clinical fashion.
Aubameyang might just be the second coming of the great one you know— Charles Azoba (@charlesazoba) July 18, 2020
Don't compare Aubameyang to your amateur strikers— Matte Black (@CuthB_Kol) July 18, 2020
People really said Aubameyang is a ghost in big games and were putting his name under rug behind Martial and he turns up with two goals in a semi final against Man City, what a guy.— Mod (@CFCMod_) July 18, 2020
And despite Mustafi's best efforts, Arsenal held on to seal a dramatic 2-0 victory over Man City, sending the Gunners into the final of the old trophy. And all the praise must fall at the feet of coach Arteta, who masterminded a brilliant performance and win over Guardiola.
Wenger looking at this Arsenal team balling. pic.twitter.com/967nYLf8cN— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) July 18, 2020
Arteta to Pep after Arsenal beat City: pic.twitter.com/jHoqkaleqw— Marvin the Paranoid Android (@Boboye_Ak) July 18, 2020
Pep, by how many goals did you lose to Arsenal? pic.twitter.com/ZB6E7svtRP— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) July 18, 2020