Arsene Wenger confirmed German centre-back is out with a thigh injury for huge Wembley showdown
SHKODRAN MUSTAFI has been ruled out for Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City.
The German centre-back missed Monday’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough with a thigh injury and will sit out.
Arsene Wenger also confirmed David Ospina (back) and Lucas Perez (thigh) will not play, while Danny Welbeck (toe) is a doubt.
Manchester City could be boosted by the return of John Stones.
The defender missed Saturday’s win at Southampton after picking up a knock.
But Pep Guardiola will definitely have to make do without Gabriel Jesus (metatarsal), while Bacary Sagna (groin) is doubtful.
Likely Arsenal XI: Cech, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gabriel, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud
Likely Manchester City XI: Bravo, Navas, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane, Aguero
Where can I watch Arsenal vs Manchester City?
The match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm on Sunday, April 23.
BT Sport 1 are showing the game live, with coverage starting at 2.30pm.
Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all the action and goals as they fly in on our live blog from 2pm.
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MANCHESTER CITY: WWLDD
Arsenal’s win against Boro instilled some much-needed confidence in the side.
But Manchester City are a different beast entirely, and will show no mercy to the Gunners’ defence.
Man City 2-1
- This will be Arsenal’s 29 th appearance in the FA Cup semi-finals – the most of any team in the competition’s history.
- They’ve also won the trophy 12 times, a joint-record alongside Manchester United.
- Manchester City have progressed from each of their last eight FA Cup semi-finals, most recently in 2013 against Chelsea. Their last defeat at this stage was in 1932 against Arsenal.
- This will be the fourth meeting between these sides in the FA Cup. Man City won the first en route to winning the trophy in 1904, with Arsenal winning the next two in the 1932 semi-final (finishing as runners up) and the fifth round in 1971 (finishing as winners).
- Three of the last six meetings between these sides have finished 2-2, with Arsenal winning 2-1 and 2-0 and Man City winning 2-1 across the other three.
- After losing their first two games at the new Wembley, the Gunners are unbeaten in their last six (W5 D1), including beating Wigan on penalties in the 2014 FA Cup semi-final.
- The Citizens have alternated between being victorious and losing in their last seven appearances at Wembley, beating Liverpool via penalty shootout last time out in the 2016 League Cup final.
- Pep Guardiola won his only previous game of a team in charge at Wembley Stadium, beating Manchester United 3-1 with Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final. He also played in the 1992 European Cup final there with Barca, beating Sampdoria 1-0.
- Manchester City have had eight different goalscorers in the FA Cup this season, more than any other side left in the competition.
- Alexis Sanchez has scored five goals in his four appearances at Wembley Stadium (3 in 3 for Arsenal, and a brace for Chile against England).
- The Gunners come into this game on the back of just five wins in their last 13 games in all competitions (D1 L7), with two of those victories coming against non-league sides (Sutton Utd and Lincoln City).
- After a run of four games without a win in all competitions, City have won their last two, netting exactly three times in each victory.