Wenger buoyant after seeing Arsenal answer critics with FA Cup semi-final win

The Gunners' comeback against Manchester City delighted their manager, who feels his players have hit back after seeing their spirit questioned

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have answered critics who questioned their spirit by coming from behind to defeat Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final.

The Gunners came from behind to win a thrilling contest 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday, booking a final date against London rivals Chelsea next month.

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Arsenal have faced fierce criticism for a campaign that has seen them crash out of the Champions League at the last-16 sage and sit seventh in the Premier League with under a month of the season to play.

But the Gunners are now one win any from winning a third FA Cup in four years and Wenger has been thrilled by his players' response to adversity.

"I am very proud of our performance and of the spirit we have shown - I believe we gave a good answer to people who questioned that [spirit]," Wenger said to BT Sport.

"Overall we became stronger as the game went on. First half we were maybe a bit cautious and accepting to be dominated, but in the second half we became stronger and stronger.

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"In the end we won the game. Of course it was a very tight game but I thought we deserved to win it in the second half.

"We went through a difficult period. I will talk more about that one day. But I think the players have shown great togetherness."

The Frenchman added to BBC Sport: "When at Arsenal Football Club we want the team to turn up in big games and I think we have done that.

"Overall I am very pleased. People questioned us, we went through tough times. In these times you can be divided or united and today we have shown the right response."

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