It was not the kind of evening Manchester City would relish. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal showed better determination than City of Pep Guardiola and booked a place in the finals of the FA Cup.

 

The defeat was not taken lightly by the manager.

It was evident in a press conference.

Here are the excerpts:

On Arsenal

After we were beaten we shake hands.

The opponents always deserve my respect and credit. I have all the respect for what Arsenal are on the pitch – not much off the pitch, but on the pitch a lot. So I congratulate them and good luck against Chelsea in the final.

On the Premier League game on Sunday

“Watford and Norwich can beat us but I want us to be who we are”.

“Our game, who we are, with and without the ball, we are good when we go full gas, no fear, it doesn’t matter what happens and we play. That’s what we have to take from these two games”.

“I said after Arsenal, we didn’t play the first half against Arsenal like the second. That was the only regret. We wanted to play 90 minutes like the second half”.

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