The Spaniard scored a 68th minute penalty to make it 2-1 before Olivier Giroud’s quick-fire double gave the result a flattering look.
The Gunners are just 2 wins away from ending the 9 year trophy drought and the Spaniard feels the penalty decision was a major turning point but feels Arsenal deserved the win.
According to the Express, he said:
Overall we dominated the game and had the better chances but Everton are a good side and when they broke in the first half they scored a goal. Overall we are happy to be at Wembley.
It was a massive moment but I’m happy that I scored.
It was (a turning point). We knew they had to attack and on the break we would have the chances to score and we took it.
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It would be amazing to (win). We have a good chance. We’re in the semi-final at the moment.
The Gunners were ahead inside seven minutes when Mesut Ozil shrugged off his recent criticism to slot a low ball past Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles, but the Toffees rallied back and went into the break level following a fine counter-attack down the right by Ross Barkley, which ended up with Romelu Lukaku bundling home from close range.
Arsenal regrouped following the start and went back ahead when former Everton star Arteta converted his penalty, which had to be retaken following encroachment. Giroud, who had come on for Yaya Sanogo just after the hour, made sure with a late double, the second following a sublime passing move from the resurgent Gunners.
We truly deserved the win, but the result was somewhat flattering as Everton put together a fine display in what was a highly entertaining cup tie. However some clinical finishing late in the game and fantastic displays from Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud ensured progression.
Arsenal now face Wigan in the semis at Wembley. Can the Gunners end their trophy drought by winning FA Cup? Share your thoughts in the comments below.