Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal answered their critics with a “strong and united” performance as they beat Manchester City to reach a third FA Cup final in four years.
Alexis Sanchez scored an extra-time winner as the Gunners came from behind to win 2-1 and reach a record 20th final – and an eighth under Wenger.
“People questioned us, we went through tough times,” Wenger said.
“You can be divided or united and we have shown the right response.”
Wenger, 67, has come under more scrutiny this season than at any other time in his 21-year reign at Arsenal, with the Gunners lying in seventh place in the Premier League and on the receiving end of a 10-2 aggregate thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and has been offered a new two-year deal, although he is yet to announce whether he will continue.
Some sections of Arsenal fans have protested against Wenger in recent months, but the manager was pleased to see his side rally after falling behind to Sergio Aguero’s opener.