But they go to Wembley on Sunday having scored three goals apiece against Hull and Southampton, with Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus back from injury to supplement a dazzling strikeforce already of Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling. It is not clear whether Hector Bellerin will come back into the side, but one of Arsenal's stand-out performers on Monday night was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who featured at right wing-back.
"This shows how quickly things can happen in life". I expect to do that in a hurry, quick, but football is like this.
"Even now, when I walk about, there are small details that remind me of her".
Against that backdrop, Arsenal head to Wembley to face City under the kind of pressure that has often proved too much for Wenger's brittle team to handle.
"It is something I can not forget". I feel the same way about my weekly accas, despite never winning.
Coquelin says he will carry his grandmother in his heart every time he steps out on to the field.
Arsenal were also dumped out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion with a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich, and Wenger has hinted that that's affecting his players ahead of this big game.
"It was a special game for me". To go back there will be special always. "She will be with me at Wembley!". If he wants to, he'll have to ensure his charges dispatch Arsenal first.
The Gunners have reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the 29th time, a competition record. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport 1 and 1 HD.
Criticism of Wenger upsets Coquelin, who rose through Arsenal's ranks after joining the club at 17.
"I hope this time we going to be lucky from the first minute". After dinner I will decide the team'.
"Arsene has been incredible for every player in this team". The Arsenal manager had made a comment that had prompted a fair bit of eye-rolling.
But Coquelin admitted: "It would feel odd if he wasn't here". I'll place a fiver on that, which will see me return £21. Today he will make part of the training with us and he is coming back with his happiness. "You want them to be pleased when they go home".
Because Arsenal - the club and its true fans - have always loved the FA Cup. Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero have had a muted season by their lofty standards but overall, the quality in their squad is vast and they should outclass Arsenal in theory.
No matter where you are on the planet, you can see what channel the Arsenal vs Manchester City tie is available on here. Even when we were 1-0 or 2-1 down, they were willing us on. "We are ambitious, we have done it before, we know we can do it, but in the previous semis we were favourites so the problem was different".
Coquelin is adamant there is a great team spirit.
"My season was good", Guardiola said.