Saturday 26th April 2014 – Arsenal v Manchester City (Premier League)
MCFC Starting XI – Hart, van der Wiel, Kompany, Charles, Shaw; Nasri, Barry, Moutinho, Bale; Silva; Guidetti SUBS – Friedel, Zabaleta, Varane, De Rossi, Nem, Aguero, Cavani
Arsenal Starting XI – Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Armero; Arteto, Frimpong; Wilshire, Carzola, Griezmann; Llorente SUBS – Fabianski, Walcott, Giroud, Holtby, Mertesacker, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey
City had only lost 2 games in 33 games but since winning the league, City have now lost 2 out of 2. After the crushing derby defeat, City faced their Champions League opponents in the league and didn’t really show up. Kinkladze handed a debut to 16 year old centre back Andy Charles, who is labeled the next Tony Adams, and he impressed at the back but City struggled and although they got back into it, Aguero gave away a penalty with 5 minutes to go and City lost again.
Final Score – Arsenal 2 (Cazorla 45, Arteta 85(p)) Manchester City 1 (Cavani 72)
MOTM – Laurent Koscielny
Attendance – 60,361
Wednesday 30th April 2014 – Manchester City v Arsenal (Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg)
MCFC Starting XI – Hart Zabaleta, Varane, Nastasic, Clichy; Milner, De Rossi, Toure, Nem; Silva; Cavani SUBS – Friedel, Richards, Wabara, Charles, Barry, Bale, Aguero
Arsenal Starting XI – Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Armero; Coquelin, Holtby, Arteta; Carzorla, Griezmann; Llorente SUBS – Fabianki, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Koscielny, Walcott, Giroud
An early goal set the tone for this game, and it was Manchester City who scored it. Wellington Nem scored in the first minute of the game and that was it from then on, two more goals in the first half from Nastasic were enough to send City into their first ever Champions League Final, where they will face a very familiar team, Manchester United. Nastasic was taken off at half time as a yellow card would have ruled him out of the Final, and Aguero played no part in the game as he was in the same situation.
Final Score – Manchester City 3 (Nem 1, Nastasic 31, 45+3) Arsenal 0
Manchester City win 4-0 on aggregate
MOTM – Matija Nastasic
Attendance – 47,405