Arsenal hammered Lincoln City 5-0 on Saturday to reach the FA Cup semi-final for the third time in four seasons.
It was a tense start from the Gunners who were clearly feeling the effects of the mid-week Bayern defeat.
However a goal on the stroke of half-time from Theo Walcott calmed nerves and Arsenal took control in the second period.
The wide Emirates pitch and superior fitness of Arsenal was too much for Lincoln who began to tire.
Second half goals from Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and an own goal from Luke Waterfall sealed Arsenal’s place in the next round.
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Despite the win, Arsenal were dealt another blow as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain limped off early in the game with a hamstring injury.
It’s unfortunate timing for The Ox who has been one of Arsenal’s better players of late. Fortunately, Wenger said the problem doesn’t appear to be too serious.
The injury follows suggestions that the Englishman wants out at the end of the season.
Lucas Perez can’t get a game let alone a regular football. When played, the Spaniard has shown glimpses of quality this season and calls for Wenger to start the striker are mounting.
With Arsenal’s desperate form of late, it was expected that the £17m man would get his chance to impress against Lincoln.
However, the 28 year-old was snubbed once again and only received 25minutes to prove his worth. What does a player need to get a start? #FreeLucas
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chairman Chips Keswick responded to fan protests this week. The supporters displeasure towards the direction of the club is being heard with Wenger admitting his decision will be influenced by support for him.
A few hundred Gooners lined the streets prior to kick-off to demonstrate. It appears the uprising is growing rather than diminishing.
Arsene Wenger utilised a 4-3-3, slightly tweaked from his customary 4-2-3-1.
It’s difficult to determine whether the change is for the better. Though the Frenchman adopted the system against Bayern Munich and it had paid off up until Koscielny’s second half sending off.
Wenger is likely to implement the formation in Arsenal’s next game at home to West Brom next Saturday.
LINCOLN’S MEMORABLE RUN
Lincoln’s incredible run lived up to the magic of the cup after they became the first non-league side to reach a quarter-final in over 100 years.
From their fourth qualifying-round victory against Guiseley, the Imps conquered Ipswich and Brighton, before a shock victory away to Burnley in the last round.
Darren Crowley’s side who look a certainty for promotion to League 2 can hold their heads high.