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Arsenal - Lincoln City
The Emirates FA Cup - 11 March 2017
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FT: Arsenal 5 Lincoln 0. The Gunners up the ante in the second half to cruise into the semi finals. The Imps can be proud of what they achieved in making it to the last eight, but they ran out of steam in the second half as the Gunners' class told. This will be a big relief for Wenger who must have been a bit worried on 44 minutes with the game still scoreless.
Lucas Perez drives in from the left and fizzes a ball across the goalmouth.
The corner is cleared to Walcott who drills just wide with a volley from the edge of the box.
Lincoln need that final whistle now. Arsenal are shots on at this point.
Sanchez curves the free kick from just outside the area against the crossbar.
- Yellow cardSean RaggettLincoln City
Raggett booked for a lunging tackle.
Arsenal trying to walk in the sixth. Perez goes down... Arsenal keep the pressure on but Sanchez eventually sees a shot blocked.
Arsenal pour forward again. Walcott is free on the right of the area but his driven cross is diverted to safety at the near post.
It would be fantastic for the travelling support if the Imps can sneak a consolation.
SAVE! Power curves a shot towards the corner from 20 yards, but Cech is across to thwart him.
Marriott curves the 30 yard free kick a yard or so over the top.
Coquelin brings down Woodyard. This is in a decent area for the visitors.
- OffTerry HawkridgeLincoln City
- OnAdam MarriottLincoln City
LINCOLN CHANGE: Marriott on for Hawkridge.
Arsenal showboating now. Lincoln don't deserve this scoreline. That first half was even.
- GoalAaron RamseyArsenal
GOAL! Ramsey walks in the fifth. Sanchez picks up a terrible pass on the left of the area. He bewitches two before crossing for Ramsey who walks it in at the far post.
Lincoln hanging on...
- GoalAlexis SánchezArsenal
GOAL! Sanchez makes it four. He skips beyond a challenge and curls it into the far corner from 20 yards.
Sanchez crosses for Ozil who can only guide a header over the top.
- OffMatt RheadLincoln City
- OnJoe WardLincoln City
LINCOLN CHANGE: Rhead off, Ward on.
- OffOlivier GiroudArsenal
- OnLucas PérezArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Giroud off, Lucas on.
Walcott flashes way over from 30 yards.
Lincoln set for only their third loss in 34 matches...
Sanchez with a timid cross shot that flies straight at the keeper.
The Imps are preparing another change as they look to keep Arsenal at bay and the score respectable.
- Yellow cardJohnny MargettsLincoln City
Yellow card for Margetts as he lunges into a late tackle on Gibbs.
- OffGranit XhakaArsenal
- OnFrancis CoquelinArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Xhaka off, Coquelin on.
Arsenal making a change, so there's a delay before the restart. Cowley taking the chance to give some instructions to his labouring side.
- Own-goalLuke WaterfallLincoln City
GOAL! Arsenal are on their way to the semi finals. Sanchez feeds Gibbs on the overlap and Waterfall can only prod the left back's cutback into his own net.
All Arsenal now. Bellerin skips onto a loose ball on the edge of the box. He beats one and curves just wide. So close to three!
PHOTO: Gleeful Giroud.
Arsenal have looked much sharper in the second half. Lincoln have been opened up on a few occasions and that second was on the cards. Could be a case of damage limitation now for the Imps.
- OffJack MuldoonLincoln City
- OnJohnny MargettsLincoln City
LINCOLN CHANGE: Muldoon off, Margetts on.
- GoalOlivier GiroudArsenal
GOAL! It's two and surely curtains for Lincoln. Bellerin exchanges a one two with Sanchez and cuts it back for Giroud to fire into the corner.
Giroud scoops a very poor effort towards goal from Ozil's cut back after initially killing a high ball towards him well. The crowd groan in disappointment.
Farman produces a great save to keep out Giroud's low drive from the left of the area. Walcott rescues it and crosses for Gibbs, who someone heads way over the top.
Ozil feigns the shot, beats a man before seeing a curling shot form 20 yards deflect just wide.
UPDATED STAT: Walcott has scored five times in the FA Cup this season, with no player left in the competition having scored more than him.
- Yellow cardAlex WoodyardLincoln City
Can Lincoln turn it around? Do they still believe after that late blow in the first period?
Lincoln are now attacking the end where their following of approximately 9000 are sat.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Arsenal restart the tie.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Arsenal 1 Lincoln 0. Walcott's composed finish in stoppage time gives the Gunners a narrow lead after the non league side had more than held their own.
Lincoln win a corner. Waterfall attacks it at the far post, but he can't make enough of it.
Walcott has now scored seven times in his last five FA Cup games.
Arsenal on the attack again. Walcott cuts it back from the right for Ramsey who blazes over the top from 18 yards out.
- GoalTheo WalcottArsenal
GOAL! Relief for Wenger. Walcott coolly passes the ball into the corner after Gibbs had shown good composure to touch it back into his path. Lincoln pay the price for failing to clear the corner.
Ozil curves a high ball in from the right that takes a wicked bounce and is just touched past the post by Farman.
Six minutes added. Still a way to go for the non leaguers then.
Ramsey stabs wide from the right of the area after a weak defensive header fell his way. Lincoln fans have started singing about Wembley!
A big couple of moments for the Imps. Can they get to the break level? They deserve to.
ARSENAL'S GO TO MAN IN THE CUP? Theo Walcott has scored four times in the FA Cup this season, with no player left in the competition having scored more than him.
Wood hacks it clear as Giroud gets sandwiched by the two Lincoln centre backs. Looked like a nasty clash of heads there, but all three look to be OK.
A few murmurs of frustration from the home crowd as Arsenal are forced to play back from midfield. They desperately need a goal. Walcott has looked the most likely.
More of this?
If it remains goalless at the break, how will the Gunners fans respond?
- Yellow cardLaurent KoscielnyArsenal
Koscielny booked for blocking Muldoon as he chased a loose ball in the centre circle.
STAT: The Imps have never won away at Arsenal in any competition (D3 L10) but this will be their first visit in over 102 years.
Wenger usually loves the FA Cup: The Frenchman has taken Arsenal to the sixth round stage 12 times before, progressing to the semi-final on 10 occasions.
Sanchez weaves in form the left flank and lays it in to the feet of Walcott, who wastes little time firing in a low shot that deflects straight at Farman.
A penny for Arsene's thought as this point?
Rhead back on his feet again. He's got a bloody nose but looks ready for the fight once more as play recommences.
Twitter starting to contemplate the unthinkable...
The resulting corner comes to nothing and now Rhead is down once more. Play halted.
The Cowley brothers put their hands too their heads in unison. That was a big moment and they know it.
SAVE! Nathan Arnold surges into the right of the area. He jinks inside Koscielny and fires a shot towards the corner that Cech just about manages to push to safety. So close for the non league side!
- OffAlex Oxlade-ChamberlainArsenal
- OnMesut ÖzilArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Oxlade Chamberlain off, Ozil on. The Ox must have a knock.
Quite a damning assessment of the combative midfielder from Mr Winter.
Rhead flicks on the hoisted free kick but there's no one advanced enough to apply any pressure on the Arsenal defence.
The magic sponge has worked and Rhead is back on his feet, ready for action.
Rhead still down. He looks in a bit of pain. This would be a real blow for the visitors.
- Yellow cardGranit XhakaArsenal
YELLOW CARD: Xhaka booked for sliding into a late tackle on Rhead.
PHOTO: Power battles with the Ox.
PHOTO: It's been a real battle so far.
Arsenal bossing possession now, but the away side are keeping their shape well.
Another Lincoln free kick is curved into the mix. Arsenal easily clear. That looks like being the visitors' best hope.
Arsenal fans not really making their voices heard...
Fine defending from Woodyard. A right wing corner drops for Sanchez who tries to fool the Imps player, but he's having none of it and easily nicks the ball away before clearing.
The last time Arsenal lost to non league opposition in this competition was back in 1911.
Signs that Arsenal are beginning to come to life.
WOODWORK! Walcott cracks a volley from the edge of the box that Farman does well to parry into the post.
The 9000 Imps fans are set on enjoying this regardless. So far, so good for their side.
Mustafi pushes forward and tries to fire a pass in behind for Sanchez. It rolls right through to Farman. Cue big cheers from the visiting support.
Bellerin slides a low ball into Ramsey who arrives inside the area but fizzes off target.
Whatever you can do... Rhead follows suit with his own back heel flick to a teammate. He'll want that one clipped up later.
First sign of Arsenal on the attack .Sanchez showboats a bit on the left with some keepy ups and a back heel down the line. The attack peters out though.
In the first five minutes the Imps had 62 per cent possession. They'll take that.
Lincoln pressing high up the pitch. No early nerves on show from the visitors. There may be one or two in that home side though...
DID YOU KNOW? In their FA Cup wins over Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley, Lincoln scored five goals from only eight shots on target.That's a 62.5% conversion of shots on target.
It's been a scrappy start. The Imps will be happy with that.
Rhead catches Mustafi in an aerial challenge. The Imps are clearly ready for battle. Old school stuff!
Lincoln win an early free kick on the right. It's hung high into the box, but the referee blows for a foul before it begins to drop into the mix. That was a shame for the non league side.
A landmark day for Arsenal in this stadium. Will it be one to remember or forget?
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Non league Lincoln get this David versus Goliath cup tie up and running.
Is this match a tale of two managers? One basking in the glow of a sensational season, the other quite possibly coming to the end...
This guy is great for a quote!
More from Cowley: "We understand that the chance is probably one in a thousand, but we will go there with the belief that this can be the one time.” Asked about Wenger, he added: "He's forgotten more than I know. He's a pioneer. We've got huge respect for him as a man and as a manager. If we get on the right side of the result, it would be the biggest upset in the history of the greatest cup competition in the world."
Last season Lincoln boss, Danny Cowley was a PE teacher and was the part time gaffer at Braintree Town. Fast forward less than 12 months and he's got a win percentage that stands up to almost anyone this term. The 38-year-old boasts a win percentage of 64.71%. If you compare that to the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Wenger and Antonio Conte, it is only the latter who has a better rate of success.
Arsenal saw off another non-league side to reach the last eight. Lincoln are top of Sutton’s league, but it will be more than a tall order for the Imps to pull off a monumental shock on the Gunners’ home turf.
A BATTLE OF YESTERYEAR: Arsenal and Lincoln last played each other back in March 1915. The Imps won 1-0 at home in what was a second division clash. Can they keep their 100 per cent record going at Emirates stadium?!
Arsene Wenger spoke to the press ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup quarter-final against Lincoln on Saturday, but the questions he faced were not about the non league side.
Danny Cowley: "We are going to try to learn loads, because that is the best thing this FA Cup journey has given us. We have had the opportunity to pit our wits against the very best, the opportunity to be involved in really big games. We are determined to come out better from this experience. We respect that, sooner or later, we will be old news, fish and chip paper, but that is fine by us as long as when the dust does settles we have learnt from the experience, that we are better managers and better people as a consequence of it."
The magic of the FA Cup....
Lincoln became the first non league side to reach the last eight since QPR in 1914 when they stunned Premier League Burnley in the standout result of the fifth round.
Manchester City were the first side to secure a semi final spot when they won at Middlesbrough earlier this afternoon.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – ARSENAL: Cech, Bellerin, Gibbs, Mustafi, Koscielny, Ramsey, Xhaka, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Giroud... Subs: Martinez, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Iwobi, Ozil, Lucas. /// LINCOLN CITY: Farman, Wood, Habergham, Waterfall, Muldoon, Power, Rhead, Hawkridge, Raggett, Arnold, Woodyard... Subs: Etheridge, Marriott, Margetts, McMenemy, McCombe, Calder, Ward.
Lincoln are unchanged from the team that won at Burnley in the last round. Arsenal makes two changes from the team that lost to Bayern Munich in midweek. Petr Cech returns in goal while Kieran Gibbs comes in for Nacho Monreal at left back.
It says much about the pressure on Wenger that Arsenal are pretty much at full strength.
So, Lincoln’s adventure continues. Destination this weekend: Emirates Stadium. Next stop Wembley? Surely they can't, can they?
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the FA Cup sixth round clash between Premier League Arsenal and non-league, Lincoln City. It’s been a fairytale season for the Imps. Danny Cowley’s side are top of the National League by six points, have reached the FA Trophy semi final and are on the adventure of a lifetime in this competition. In contrast, Arsene Wenger is under serious pressure. The Gunners sit outside the top four and were humiliated in the Champions League last 16 against Bayern Munich. Wenger can’t afford any more bad press and will be desperate for his side to make short work of a non-league side who arrive on the crest of a wave. It’s the type of match that the FA Cup is all about and gets underway at 5.30pm GMT.