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Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln (FA Cup Quarter Final) : Gunners End The Best Non - League Team In 103 Years

Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln (FA Cup Quarter Final)

Arsenal Recovers From their Mid-week slumber to qualify for the Semi Finals of the FA Cup with a 5-0 win over Lincoln at the Emirate Stadium.

The non-vegetarian visitors played their best in the first 45 minutes of the game but later fell off their grind as Arsenal class were to high for them to handle which led to a one sided second half. The visitors who are 88 places below their Premier League opponents, held their own for much of the first half and even went close to scoring when Petr Cech saved Nathan Arnold's curled effort.

Having an incredible run in the FA Cup which however began to fade when Theo Walcott's deflected strick gave the Gunners a lead before half time.

The second 45 was all Gunners, as they scored four goals without reply, Olivier Giroud making it two in the 53rd minute with a great strick just after the break then Kieran Gibbs' cross was now turned in by their very own Luke Waterfall 58th minute to make it three.
Sanchez then curled home a stylish fourth in the 72nd minute after skipping impudently past a heavy attempted challenge by Alex Woodward then minutes later worked out an assist for Aaron Ramsey to make it five.

Lincoln have undoubtedly been the story of this season's FA Cup. They came through eight games, 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.

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.
"It was all us in the second half but you have to congratulate Lincoln for what they have achieved in the FA Cup.

"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. At 45 minutes I thought we had limited them in chances and we were hoping to get in 0-0 but they got the goal.

"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."

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