May 20, 2018

Arsenal reach last four after Lincoln demolition in FA Cup

Arsenal ended Lincoln City’s historic FA Cup run and eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger with a 5-0 demolition over the non-league side in Saturday’s 11/03/17) quarter-finals.

Arsenal struggled to find the net until first-half stoppage time to take the lead through Theo Walcott, but the Gunners made their superiority count after the break.

According to Reuters, Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal’s second after 53 minutes and five minutes later Lincoln’s hopes were extinguished as their skipper Luke Waterfall turned in Kieran Gibbs’ cross into his own goal.

Alexis Sanchez, on from the start netted a fourth and Aaron Ramsey made it 5-0 to the Premier League side.

Lincoln made history in the FA Cup by beating Premier League Burnley and Championship high fliers Brighton along the way to become the first non-league side to reach the quarter-finals of the competition in 103 years.

What the managers said

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “There was always a level of anxiety because these boys are unpredictable. They knocked out Burnley, Ipswich and Brighton, so we have to respect them.

“We have been short of confidence after some disappointing results recently. When the confidence was there in the second half the quality came back.”

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley: “I thought we did really well for the first 45 minutes. It is very hard to get negative against them because they have such world-class players.

“Arsenal were frightening in the second half and for us it was a pleasure to see world-class players first hand. It felt like Arsene Wenger had brought 15 players on. If we can learn from this experience today and throughout this FA Cup journey we will be better players and better people.

“The best [in this run] was at the end, sharing a moment with our supporters. Our supporters were world class. They were brilliant. We are winners and don’t like losing but when we can draw breath we will be proud.”

Arsenal have now reached the last four of the FA Cup for the third time in the last four seasons.

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