Arsenal experienced a connection of series of disappointments in the recent weeks, started by a loss to Liver Pool in the English Premier League and an embarrassing great margin defeat to Bayern Munich in the champion’s league that ended their champion’s league dreams. However in the FA Cup they picked up their pieces and showed up a different attitude.
Lincoln has had good record in this FA cup of recent, knocking out Burnley, Ipswich and Brighton and came in with nine thousands fans that added their confidence as a result made It difficult in the first forty five minutes but before first half ended, Theo Walcott broke the dead lock though Lincoln’s Nathan Arnold made first attempt to get a goal but denied by the Petr Cech’s safe hands.
Olivier Giroud by 53rd minute made it two for the gunners, Kieran Gibbs cut back was diverted by Water fall into his own net giving their opponent the third goal in the 58th minute. The magnificent fourth goal scored by dynamic player Alexis Sanchez who picked up the ball and began a run towards the box, beats two opponent players, cut inside to change direction a bit and curved a nice looking strike deep into the net changing the scores to four by 72nd minute.
Lincoln which happens to be the only non-league club that has reached the quarter finals in a hundred years hopes of reaching the historic semifinals of the FA cup dreams got totally shuttered when Aaron Ramsey took advantage of the feeble opponents whose defenders had messy clearances, he easily scored the fifth three minutes after Sanchez’s goal.
Gunner Boss Wenger admitted that the first forty five minutes were really difficult as they felt less confident due to the terrible defeat they had in the champion’s league. In his own words, wenger said, “We have been short of confidence after some disappointing results recently. When the confidence was there in the second half the quality came back.”
Despite of loss, Lincoln felt excited as they hit a great milestone in the FA cup.
“We had a tough second half against world – world class players. When they scored on the edge of half – time it was always going to be difficult. They got confident from then on in and we got dragged around and hurt in wide areas. But we’re the first non – league team in over 100 years to get to the last eight of the FA Cup. We need to be proud of what we’ve done.”
Commented Lincoln coach Danny Cowley.
The North London side qualifies for the FA Cup semifinals for the 29th time and hoping to earn their 13th FA Cup title however the road is bound to be bumpy as Man City is already in the semifinals, Tottenham or Milwall and Chelsea or Manchester United shall be the counterparts they will meet.