Pep Guardiola appeared to be giving instructions to an empty chair during Arsenal 2-0 Man City

Pep Guardiola and his imaginary friend...

Pep Guardiola has some serious problems to fix at Manchester City.

By the club's lofty standards, the 2019/20 season has been a bit of a disaster, especially after last night's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final.

City dominated the ball for pretty much the entirety of the game at Wembley, but they just couldn't turn their possession into meaningful chances.

It was quite the opposite for Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring two goals on the counter to seal a memorable victory.

Guardiola could have done with his former protege next to him in the dugout and it looked as if the City manager actually believed he was back by his side last night.

Guardiola on the touchline

Now you may be asking; what on earth are you going on about? Allow us to explain.

At the beginning of the second-half yesterday, television cameras focused on Guardiola and hilariously, the Spaniard appeared to enter into conversation with the empty chair next to him.

If only the camera hadn't zoomed out...

As expected, the footage quickly went viral across social media and it's likely photos of Guardiola and his imaginary friend will be 'memes' for the foreseeable future.

After the game, Guardiola was critical of his side's performance, most notably their inept first-half display which ultimately ended up costing City the game.

"You can lose," Guardiola said. "The way we lost, that's what we are sad about. In the first half we struggled to play and that's why we lost. If we played the first half like the second half maybe the game would be different.

“We were not good, we didn't play good, it's as simple as that.”

City will now have to refocus ahead of the return of the Champions League in August.

They will still be overwhelming favourites to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition over Real Madrid after securing a 2-1 away win in the first-leg of the tie.

But after watching Arsenal's attack dismantle City's defence, the La Liga champions will be quietly confident of inflicting yet more misery on Guardiola and his troops.

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