In today’s news roundup we provide you with the full match report from the 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter final tie played at Old Trafford on Monday night. We’ll also provide you with detailed information of how our players rated against Louis van Gaal’s side.
Elsewhere Arsene Wenger praises Danny Welbeck for scoring the winner against his former employers on his first return to Old Trafford. These and more stories in today’s news roundup.
Goals and Match Report from the 2-1 win over Manchester United.
The much anticipated FA Cup quarter final tie between Arsenal and Manchester United kicked off at 7:45pm BST on Monday night at Old Trafford, with both sides seeking to increase their prospects of winning the illustrious domestic trophy by proceeding into the semi-finals.
The match kicked off at a high tempo, with both sides having a good go at each other. Arsenal were however the ones to draw first blood when Nacho Monreal scored in the 25th minute after some fancy little bit of play by Alex Oxlade –Chamberlain who laid it off for the finish.
Angerl Di Maria soon sent a wicked cross into the box that Wayne Rooney connected with to send the ball past a flat-footed Wojciech Szczesny. A draw felt a fair reflection of the game at half time.
Dat Guy Danny Welbeck capitalized later on from a lazy back pass from Antonio Valencia that was meant for David De Gea, dinking it past the Spanish goalkeeper before tapping it into an empty net. The Gunners held on to the lead eventually winning it 2-1.
Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United.
Manchester is starting to become Arsenal’s favorite city after the North London club registered two solid victories over both Manchester City and United in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively. With that victory, Arsenal took one leap closer to retaining the FA Cup.
Wojciech Szczesny – who many argue was not at fault for the Wayne Rooney goal – did not have much to do in the match and thus registered a rating of 6. Bar a few fumbles with the ball, the Pole had an ‘okay’ performance. Hector Bellerin earned a needless yellow card within the first five minutes and this made him vulnerable for the rest of the match. Likewise he also earned a rating of 6.
Nacho Monreal registered a Man of The Match performance with some superb defensive play and exciting link up going forward, earning him a rating of 8. Santi Cazorla’s quick feet and fine dribbling skills also earned him a rating of 8.
England international Danny Welbeck – who was chosen ahead of Olivier Giroud – was silent for the most part of the game. However, his predator skills enabled him to pounce on a mistake by Antonio Valencia to score the winner. He, like Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey earned a rating of 7.
Boss hails Welbeck for scoring the winner.
Arsene Wenger has praised Danny Welbeck for scoring the winner at Old Trafford to ensure Arsenal qualifies for the FA Cup semis. Welbeck pounced on a mistake by Antonio Valencia to send the ball past David De Gea in what was the winning goal.
“He has pace and physique and we were able to take that little bit of risk without destroying the balance of our side and overall he had a great game,” Wenger told reporters after the game (via Evening Standard).
“When you play against your former club, we always want to show we are a great player but it is not easy to deal with the mental situation but he did not do anything different to his normal game. He just wanted to win.”
Dat Guy made Louis van Gaal swallow his own words.
Well done Welbz!
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