Lincoln City’s fairytale FA Cup run finished during a quarter-final theatre as Arsenal put aside their possess problems to vanquish a fifth-tier side 5-0 during a Emirates Stadium on Saturday. It took a labouring Arsenal until first-half blocking time to take a lead by Theo Walcott yet a 12-times winners finished their supremacy count after a break. Goals from Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and an possess idea from Lincoln skipper Luke Waterfall gave Arsenal trainer Arsene Wenger some hearten after a midweek chagrin by Bayern Munich in a Champions League.
“Recently we have unhappy a fans. We wish to go again to Wembley to win,” Wenger, who led Arsenal to back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in 2014 and 2015, said. “We had a large beating in a Champions League. After that we have to respond and we indispensable players plain mentally. “There was always a turn of stress since these boys are unpredictable. They knocked out Burnley, Ipswich and Brighton, so we have to honour them. “It was all us in a second half yet we have to honour Lincoln for what they have achieved in a FA Cup.” Lincoln became a initial teenager joining side for some-more than a century to strech a FA Cup quarter-finals when they knocked out top-flight Burnley in turn five, carrying likely of Championship outfits Ipswich Town and Brighton and Hove Albion.
The 9,000 fans they brought to north London were dynamic to suffer their day and they had each reason to dream of one of a biggest Cup shocks of all time in a initial half as they valid stubborn opponents. Danny Cowley’s side even threatened on occasions before eventually removing overwhelmed. “We had a tough second half opposite universe category players,” a former PE clergyman said. “When they scored on a corner of halftime it was always going to be difficult.
“But we’re a initial non-league group in over 100 years to get to a final 8 of a FA Cup. We need to be unapproachable of what we’ve done.” Lincoln coped good with a likes of Sanchez, Giroud and Mesut Ozil, who assimilated a ravel early after an damage to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nonetheless they had a cut of fitness when Walcott was denied by a woodwork. The National League leaders even went tighten to holding a lead when Nathan Arnold’s shot was saved by Petr Cech.
It looked as yet Lincoln would strech a interlude on turn terms yet Arsenal pennyless by when Giroud, roughly invisible in a initial half, laid a round behind for Walcott whose shot deflected past Paul Farman. Giroud side-footed Arsenal’s second in a 53rd notation and shortly after any hopes of a Lincoln quip were snuffed out when Waterfall incited Kieran Gibbs’ cranky into his possess goal. Free of tragedy it was muster things after that from Arsenal with Sanchez curling in a fourth and Ramsey walking in a fifth as Lincoln’s counterclaim crumbled.