Magic of the cup
Well after all the talk of Cup upset and the minnows rolling on, Arsenal ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against Lincoln City in the FA Cup quarter final. But it was not all plain sailing as Lincoln almost held out until half time until Theo Walcott popped up to put Arsenal 1-0 up before the break. The second half was a more professional display and goals from Giroud, Waterfall (og), Sanchez and Ramsey completed the scoring. It was harsh on Waterfall scoring the own goal, but he was correct when he said the Arsenal fans would be cheering Lincoln on; they certainly were after his own goal.
There were more protest before the game wanting Wenger out. Depending on which report you read, the size of the protest crowd will vary. But it looked again around 100-200 people. Whether this is enough to put pressure on Wenger to leave, I am not so sure.
Arsene Wenger still has not ruled out staying at the club. Wenger said “I have shown a lot of loyalty and my preference is here.” Wenger also spoke about the importance of the match and how he didn’t want to gamble on the match, hence playing a strong first team squad.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was injured during the FA Cup tie against Lincoln today, coming off after 27 minutes. The injury seems to be a hamstring problem and the club will assess the injury on Monday. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been playing well in recent games and his latest injury is a setback for club and player.
It seems Alexis Sanchez is causing a few issues in the dressing room. According to reports his attitude has reached a point where he is being given a wide berth by his team mates. It seems that Sanchez is following a similar route to Dmitri Payet. Sanchez did have a good game against Lincoln scoring one and assisting in another.
The Arsenal board have, according to reports told Arsene Wenger that he needs to make a decision on his future in the international break. With the club keen for Wenger to stay and some fans wanting Wenger to go it could be an interesting few weeks coming up soon for the club.
Yesterday’s win against Lincoln brought up win number 200 at the Emirates Stadium for the Gunners. The club moved into their state of the art home in 2006 after leaving Highbury.