Mesut Özil has spoken of his joy after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford this past Monday, and is looking forward to the trip to Wembley for the semi-finals, according to Goal.
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Goals from Nacho Monreal and former Manchester United man Danny Welbeck ensured our 2-1 victory, and Özil claims our win was down to the fact that we took advantage of their mistakes.
All three goals were partially down to poor defending, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s run for the first was superb.
United looked half asleep in the build up, however, allowing Monreal time and space in the box.
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Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker looked just as dozy three minutes later, allowing Wayne Rooney the space to run into and power a header past Wojciech Szczesny.
The match winning goal was the worst of the lot, with Antonio Valencia’s poor back pass latched onto by Danny Welbeck – who knocked it past David de Gea and passed the ball into an open net.
Özil is delighted to have beaten the odds, and claims he can’t wait to play at Wembley.
“We weren’t given much of a chance, if you believe the statistics of previous matches against United, but with a passionate team performance, we are now going to Wembley,” he said.
“United offered us mistakes and we exploited them well. We concentrated on our work off the ball and followed the manager’s gameplan.
“I look forward to the semi-finals at Wembley and, of course, [hope to] return there in May [for the final].”
With a favourable draw against either Bradford or Reading, we can be fairly confident of reaching the final. Anything can happen of course (as is the magic of the FA Cup), but we are certainly heavy favourites to progress.
We will more than likely be in the final against Liverpool, and it’s an excellent chance to retain our trophy.