FA Cup: Semi-finals loaded with Premier League top-six battles

Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Man City have all made good on their quarter-final showings. Who will win the little idol?

What a weekend of FA Cup action. Nine goals scored and only one clean sheet across all games, as Man City left with the easiest victory of the lot. Not saying the Magpies were pushovers, but they were just outmatched by a squad with more value.

FA Cup quarter-final

Norwich City 1-2 Man United
Sheffield United 1-2 Arsenal
Leicester City 0-1 Chelsea
Newcastle 0-2 Man City

Of the expected winners, Man United struggled the most with relegation-threatened, Norwich City. They went into extra-time thanks to a fantastic equaliser by Todd Cantwell. The game was eventually decided when United’s most expensive defender signing finished off a 118th-minute move by the Red Devils.

Chelsea’s solo-goal show by Ross Barkley was the only game to have less than a pair of goals. This did not make it less exciting. It was, in fact, a well-contested FA Cup quarter-final. Lampard takes his Chelsea side to their second semi-final this season, displaying his brilliance as a manager in his first season.

Sounds similar to Jurgen Klopp and his first term back in the 2015 season. He just needs to win one of his finals and he would be better than the German, who won none of his finals in his maiden campaign.

Rodgers and his Foxes proceed to get so close but are still so far from any silverware since their amazing title run in 2016. His Leicester team have now fluffed their final chances of some silverware and must wait another season to see if they come anywhere close the rest of the usual top six.

The biggest surprise of them all was Arsenal and their 2-1 victory over Sheffield United. Who predicted a Gunners win? Certainly not me. Nothing must be taken away from those who took the pitch for Arsenal, they were quite wonderful to watch strut their stuff. But like every other matchday for them, they had to concede.

FA Cup Semi-finals

Man United vs. Chelsea
Arsenal vs. Man City

Now we have our next round of fixtures and the semis decided. The next dates set for the duo of clashes; Man United taking on Chelsea will be on July 18, while Arsenal welcome Man City the following day the 19th, for the next Arteta and Guardiola show.