And Sanchez came through for Arsenal in extra time, just as he did for the joint-record 12-time FA Cup winners in the 2015 semifinal, producing a victor in the 101st minute.
Arsenal scored the victor as City failed to clear the ball in the box and Sanchez pounced to score from a close range.
Watch Guardiola’s full post-match press conference above.
Arsenal registered just four attempts on target, compared to City’s 12, while the Manchester side had 65.5% of the ball during the two-hour contest.
“That’s why I am very proud for the players, because they showed they are united and determined”. We became stronger and in the end deserved to win the game.
“I think we have also found more confidence in this system with three defenders”.
“Hopefully I will be the one who goes celebrating after”.
“This is going to be one challenge and, secondly, you play football to win big games and to be involved in the big occasions”.
Bravo may have had a dodgy game up until then, but he could do very little about Arsenal’s equalizer. Overall it was a great performance not only technically but mentally. Over the whole game, we were supportive and combative. We knew how good they are in front and how fast they are in the counter attack but we controlled them. Some days we did it but results show who you are, they could be better, could be worse.
“People can question my decision, but not my loyalty and commitment to the club”, he said.
Pep Guardiola’s disappointment at his team’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday was compounded by the news that Sergio Aguero and David Silva may now miss the derby against Manchester United on Thursday through injury.
“I want the players to enjoy playing together and to play for the club”. We did absolutely everything to play, like yesterday Tottenham.
Petr Cech believes Arsenal have disproved accusations they lack leaders by beating Manchester City and reaching the FA Cup final.
Arsenal remain seven points adrift of fourth place in English football’s top flight and Wales global Ramsey added: “We have seven “cup finals” now to try to finish off the job and get that Champions League place, then hopefully we’ll have something to celebrate at the end of the year”.
“We played like we wanted to and that’s all”. Today [against City] we saw a glimpse of it.
“I don’t have regrets about the team”. Before this game, we were in a fairly dark period.
“We’ll improve next season”. The Old Trafford outfit have a tough run of fixtures with the Europa League semi-final match against Celta Vigo in May and a league clash against Arsenal.