Arsenal tore into a brave Lincoln City to secure a place in the FA Cup semi-finals for the third time in four seasons.
It took the Gunners a while to get into their natural rhythm, but once they did, it was always the non-league guests who were going to be on the wrong end of an overwhelming, 5-0 to be particular.
Credit where it’s due, it wasn’t really as easy as the emphatic scoreline might go on to suggest, so well done to Lincoln for a brave effort, and to Arsenal as well for keeping their heads in their game when it mattered the most. As Arsene Wenger’s side reserved their Wembley seats, here are the four things we learned.
1) Arsenal Love the FA Cup
Love is a small word for a side that has just reached a 29th semi-final in the FA Cup. It’s almost as if Arsenal will go ten games without a win, yet somehow manage a thumping 6-0 win in a cup match. The North Londoners have won the coveted trophy a record 12 times already, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise shall they manage to go on and win it. A good way for Arsene to bid farewell, perhaps?
2) Alexis Sanchez still interested
For all the pre-match hype about Alexis Sanchez’s loyalty (or the lack thereof), his performance against Lincoln City further proved how interested he still is to play and play well for Arsenal. He pretty much seemed like his own-self throughout the 90 minutes, putting in a considerable shift to clear all the doubts.
3) Aaron Ramsey getting there?
The Welshman was expected to finally pick up some form against a lower-ranked opposition, and although he was disappointing at times, the movement, in particular, was redolent of the old Aaron Ramsey. However, his shooting boots, which once used to be the stuff of legend are the subject of disaster these days. Ramsey can surely do with a bit of improvement on that front.
4) It’s a Different Theo Walcott this Season
Arsene Wenger’s prediction about a changed Theo Walcott at the start of the season hasn’t been wrong, has it? The 27-year old, who scored his 17th goal of the season, was tremendous all game, being at the right place at just the right time whenever required. The 2016-17 season has been his most prolific season so far; the England international may well hit the 30-goal mark.
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