Man Utd 1 - 2 Arsenal
The Quarter-finals of the FA Cup at Old Trafford. It needs little introduction. An Arsenal win would make The Gunners favourites for the Cup once again, giving them hope that they can defend their trophy.
Both sides started nervously.
Arsenal were coming forward well through Alexis and Ozil in particular, but Danny Welbeck was making life difficult for his own team. His lack of movement was painful to watch.
Thankfully, Arsenal got their breakthrough in the twenty-sixth minute. Ozil brought the ball forward and played in Chamberlain who shimmied in the box before giving Monreal the ball. The Spaniard calmly tucked the ball past De Gea.
“Di Maria was allowed to whip in an awesome cross, which was met by a close-range Rooney header. Poor defending from Arsenal.”
Unsurprisingly though, the lead was short lived. Minutes later, Di Maria was allowed to whip in an awesome cross, which was met by a close-range Rooney header. Poor defending from Arsenal.
The rest of the first half was tightly contested, but neither side created any meaningful chances.
Not much changed in the opening few minutes of the second half, until Arsenal found another goal in the sixty-second minute.
A poor back pass from Valencia allowed Welbeck to nick the ball before De Gea outside the box. He was then calm enough to put it into the open net.
“It was like literally watching Alex Ferguson’s influence leave Old Traffod for good. And it was sweet.”
The rest of the game was goalless, but eventful.
Di Maria was booked for diving, before being booked again immediately after for grabbing the back of the referee’s shirt.
Soon after, Januzaj was booked for diving in the box. It was like literally watching Alex Ferguson’s influence leave Old Trafford for good. And it was sweet.
Arsenal managed to hold on, making Welbeck’s goal the poetic winner. but more importantly, another trip to Wembley was on the cards.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Made a couple of good saves, but his distribution was absolutely awful. Constantly putting our own defenders under pressure.
Defended very well all game, yet managed to get forward too. Got the opener with a very cool finish.
Comfortable mostly, but should have done more to stop Rooney’s header.
A good game from Per. Looked calm on the ball, won headers, and made no mistakes.
Hector started well despite getting booked early on. However, the booking came back to haunt him, and some close calls in the second half forced Wenger to sub him off.
Coquelin: [8.5/10] - MOTM
Kept Fellaini at bay despite the big Belgian throwing his weight around all game. Cut out passes, made tackles and won headers — all after getting elbowed in his broken nose in the first half. The man is a beast.
Pushed Arsenal forward a lot in the first half, and was a reliable outlet in the second, despite moving to right wing. Played a part in Monreal’s opener.
Santi was impressive defensively tonight. He tackled hard and well, and very nearly got a goal, if not for an amazing De Gea save.
Alexis looked lively tonight, and worked very hard defensively. He showed some great touches, but couldn’t muster up a goal.
The Ox: [8/10]
Alex was doing brilliantly down the right. Luke Shaw was even subbed off because of the torried time he was having. Got the assist for Monreal’s goal, but pulled him hamstring in the second half. Typical, eh?
Let’s make no mistake, Welbeck was extremely bad tonight. His movement was non existent, and his touch was abysmal. Plus, the work rate wasn’t even there. Yet, he did well to stay cool for his match winning goal.
Ramsey: [6.5/10], Chambers: [6.5/10], Giroud [6.5/10]
United Dive Out
Even their prized possession, Di-ve Maria, couldn’t make a difference.
Coquelin provided the defensive base, while Ozil, Sanchez, Ox and Cazorla worked at grinding down United defences. Wenger’s tactics were strong, and the execution was excellent, for once.
Welbeck had a poor game, but got a hugely important game. Fair play to him, although he needs to improve.
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