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Arsenal 2-0 Man City: Luiz redeems himself, City have been found out and Arteta outwits his mentor

Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-0 in the first semi-final of the FA cup, as Mikel Arteta beat his mentor, Pep Guardiola at the second time of asking.

The game was entertaining to say the least, and there were so many talking points that emanated as a result but allow me to highlight five of those points in this article.

David Luiz redeems himself

The last meeting between these two teams was a horror show for Luiz, he came on from the bench in the first half, was at fault for the first goal and gave away a penalty that earned him a red card.

He looked dejected as he accepted responsibility for the defeat.

Credit to Arteta though who backed David Luiz during those times and even extended his contract.

Fast forward to tonight's game, Luiz was as solid as a rock in defence for the Gunners.

His made crucial blocks and had an answer to all the questions from City attackers.

Despite all the criticism he gets, David Luiz remains one of Arsenal's best defender.

Emiliano Martinez is a worthy replacement for Bernd Leno

A few weeks ago when Maupay injured Leno in the Premier League game against Brighton, the Gunners where linked to Joe Hart as a possible replacement for the German shot-stopper.

Little did we know Martinez was just as capable as Leno.

The 27-year old Argentine has been above decent in most games.

Despite not playing enough game prior to Leno's injury, he has held his own so far.

Arsenal cannot afford to lose Aubameyang 

Apart from qualifying for Europe and winning the FA cup this season, Arsenal's top priority should be extending Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's deal at the club.

The Gabonese striker is such an important part of Arteta's team and there's almost no replacement for him.

Off the top of my head, i cannot think of any current Arsenal player that can produce the goals as consistently as Aubameyang.

Even if the club decides to sell him and sign another striker, he will need time to settle into the league.

Arsenal must keep Aubameyang at all cost.

Manchester City have been found out

Gone are the days when Pep Guardiola and his team beat teams with cricket and tennis scoreline.

Man City are beatable for any manager and team that does their homework well.

This season alone we've seen Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Southampton and even the relegated Norwich City overcome Man City.

It is not a coincidence like some try to paint it, the Citizens have been found out and Pep Guardiola needs to find a solution fast.

Mikel Arteta outwits his mentor, he's building a team that can challenge

Although yet to win any trophy, Arteta's influence on this current Arsenal team is visible even to the blind.

The Spanish tactician has bridged the tactical gap between the Gunners and other top teams in the league.

Its enviable to say the least, Arsenal are now a disciplined side unlike their old self.

The way Arsenal have played in games against Manchester City, Liverpool Wolves in the Premier League are testament to his tactical capabilities.

He deserves every accolade he gets, the team will only get better under him as long as the board can back him with enough finances.

Do you agree with me, and what are the talking points you noticed from this game?

Kindly like, share and follow me, thanks.

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