By Phil McNulty
Chief football author at Kassam Stadium
Holders Manchester Metropolis stepped forward to the Carabao Cup semi-finals with victory at Oxford United – as Arsenal managerial target Mikel Arteta took his build on the visitors’ bench alongside boss Pep Guardiola.
Metropolis are aloof attempting forward to formal contact from Arsenal concerning assistant supervisor Arteta – and if this is to be his final recreation at Metropolis, he went out on a successful display.
Oxford, who misplaced at home to Metropolis within the third round of this opponents final season, did themselves immense credit, forcing keeper Claudio Bravo into a succession of 2nd-half of saves.
The League One side answered to Joao Cancelo’s deflected first-half of procedure by drawing stage lower than a minute after the interval through Matty Taylor’s weaving flee and cease.
In the tip, on the opposite hand, Metropolis’s class knowledgeable and Raheem Sterling struck twice from end vary to settle any nerves and gain the holders’ build within the final four.
All eyes were on Arteta as soon as Manchester Metropolis’s team bus pulled up in driving wind and rain exterior Oxford’s Kassam Stadium.
Arteta’s presence became once very glaring evidence that his anticipated scuttle into administration at Arsenal had now no longer moved in the direction of completion and he became once aloof in his acquainted build at Guardiola’s side.
Metropolis’s hierarchy, on the opposite hand, are each and each puzzled and angry that they’ve got now no longer been contacted by their Arsenal counterparts to fetch what can have faith to be a easy deal performed.
Arsenal officers were pictured leaving Arteta’s home within the early hours of Monday but contact between the golf equipment will aloof must be made on myth of they have faith got to agree a seven-figure compensation fee.
On the pitch, a reshuffled Metropolis within the extinguish had an excessive amount of for Oxford but they did no longer have faith it all their hang formulation – and the scoreline if truth be told flattered the visitors.
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