Arsenal Crush Minnows To Advance To FA Cup Semis

Manchester City and Arsenal are in the hat after their wins in the quarter-final over Middlesbrough and Lincoln City respectively on Saturday.

The result has only increased calls for Wenger to step down in the summer when his contract expires, but he maintained that the blame for Arsenal's result should be placed on the referee for his decision to send Koscielny off and award a penalty for Bayern. "It was hard, you could see in the first half they had a very direct game but they had clarity about what they wanted to do and they did that very well". I'm not sure you can reverse what's happening at the moment.

The England forward said: "We went out there and did a job, we knew it would be tense in that first half and it was crucial to go in 1-0".

"We knew we couldn't press them all game", he explained, "but we did well to press them from restarts but even when you do that Cech just clips that one out to the left full-back and they get out". Overall we had to respond today and that's what we did.

Wenger, who had played several of his backups and a couple of academy players in previous rounds of the FA Cup, fielded a full-strength team for this game. "They had a big crowd behind them as well - they had a chance".

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"The players didn't let me down".

"We played an outstanding game against Bayern Munich but our game was killed by the referee", Wenger said, his team having swamped a gallant Lincoln during a second half in which they scored four goals.

The Gunners had to scrap for the lead against their non-League opponents but cruised to a 5-0 win after the break as Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and an own goal added to Theo Walcott's first half opener.

The chastening 5-1 loss to Bayern was Arsenal's fifth defeat in their seven games and they looked bereft of confidence for long periods.

"I'm not going to say it was great to watch because it was tough to watch".

  • Adam Floyd