Arsenal head to Wembley after beating Everton 4-1 at the Emirates
There was a jovial atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium last night as Arsenal comfortably beat Everton in the FA Cup Quarter Finals, securing their place in the semis at Wembley. Singing ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’ in full voice the Arsenal fans celebrated as they took one step closer to the trophy they’ve been missing for nearly 9 years.*
*For those who were confused by the title ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’ is Arsenal’s Wembley song, due to their tradition of playing in yellow in the finals (for more explanation see here).
As Arsenal look forward to playing in the Semi Finals against either Manchester City or Wigan, I thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at our impressive cup run so far.
To begin at the beginning, our first FA Cup game this season was:
Arsenal 2 – 0 Tottenham
The FA CUP Third Round – 4 Jan 2014
It’s always satisfying to beat Tottenham, but winning our first North London derby against Tim Sherwood was a particularly great feeling. It was a match in which Arsenal dominated almost from the very beginning, with goals from Santi Cazorla (31 mins) and Tomas Rosicky (62) before and after the break sealed the deal on a day where Arsenal could do no wrong.
For Match Report and Stats go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25531860
Arsenal 4 – 0 Coventry City
The FA CUP Fourth Round- 24 Jan 2014
To be fair, Arsenal had been expected to win this home game against Coventry, but the fact that they did it with such ease was particularly reassuring. Podolski even managed a double (15 and 27) before half time, before Giroud (84) and Cazorla (89) put the nail in the coffin towards the end of the second half. It also gave us the opportunity to display an exciting new prospect in Gedion Zelalem, a 16-year-old who made history by becoming the first player to play for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger became manager in 1996. Even at such a young age he managed to show some real flashes of talent and I look forward to seeing him develop at the club.
For Match Report and Stats go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25771717
Arsenal 2 – 1 Liverpool
The FA CUP fifth Round – 16 Feb 2014
This was perhaps our most important victory to date. Having recovered from our 5-1 thrashing at Anfield, Arsenal were able to prove it just a temporary set-back and gain a small measure of revenge in knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup less than a week later. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made full use of his incredible pace in chipping in the first goal at 16 minutes. He also provided the key assist for Lukas Podolski’s winning goal at the 47 minute mark, meaning that despite Gerrard’s penalty (59), Liverpool were unable to come back and salvage the tie.
For Match Report and Stats go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26106019
Arsenal 4 – 1 Everton
The FA CUP Quarter FinaLS – 8 Mar 2014
And that brings us to the quarter finals! In another absolutely dominant display, Arsenal easily put 4 goals past Everton, courtesy of Özil (7) Arteta (68 – pen) and a Giroud double (83), (85) to seal the deal. It was nice to see the Mesut ‘the King of the Assist’ Ozil finally get his own shot at goal, and I hope it improves his confidence in taking shots in the future – if only to relieve the pressure on Giroud when it comes to scoring goals. Although we actually went into the break level courtesy of a Lukaku equaliser (32), the second half was all Arsenal, and they were able to finish the job comfortably.
For Match Report and Stats go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26395193