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FA Cup semi-final team news

A look at the team news ahead of the weekend’s final four action.

FOOTBALL 23/04/17 10:58
FA Cup semi-final team news

Arsenal meet Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday, live on BT Sport 1 (3pm kick-off).

Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger’s sides go head to head in a game that both managers will be desperate to win to salvage something from their disappointing seasons so far.

Arsenal booked their place in the semi-final with a 5-0 victory over National League giant killers Lincoln City, while Manchester City beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in their quarter-final.

Sunday April 23

Arsenal v Man City

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s FA Cup performance and his future as Gunners boss are not intertwined. ”The FA Cup is a very important game for me because it’s the next game,” said Wenger. “So of course we are all fully focused on that. My future is Sunday.” Arsenal have a number of injury problems with David Ospina (back), Danny Welbeck (toe), Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez (thigh) all missing while Jeff Reine-Adelaide (ankle) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) will not play again this season. Wenger changed to a three-man defence for Monday’s win at Middlesbrough and admits he could stick with the new system. Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is back in contention but defender John Stones is out. City manager Pep Guardiola said: “(Jesus) is really much better. Today he will make part of the training with us and he is coming back with his happiness. We are so happy he is coming back again.” Stones was ruled out of last week’s game at Southampton with a muscle injury and he could also be doubtful for next Thursday’s derby against Manchester United. Guardiola will again check on defender Bacary Sagna (groin).

Top scorers: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 23; Sergio Aguero (Man City) 29
Match odds: H 3-1 A 17-20 D 11-4
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

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