Arsenal progressed to the 4th round of the FA cup with a hard fought 2-0 victory over fellow 2014 finalist. The gunners opened scoring in the first half thanks an Alexis corner kick guided home by Metersacker. Alexis Sanchez scored the 2nd goal in the 2nd half to seal the Tigers’ fate.
1. One Year Theo
Theo Walcott started his first Arsenal game since the 4th of January 2014 in the FA cup 2-0 win over Tottenham. The pacey forward was injured in that game but a today he had 75 minutes to his name. Although he looked rusty and seemed to have lost his finishing, his runs behind the opposition defenders makes him a threat. Hopefully he gets out of his rustiness and add to Arsenal’s attack.
2. No Upset, No replay.
The media loves the FA cup because of its giant killing potential. Hull were beaten in the final and had another chance to get their pound of flesh but the Tigers came toothless without making Ospina pick balls from his net. The gunners will be excited to avoid such upset and even avoid a replay with the type of injury prone squad they have. No replay is good news.
3. Le Coq Le Prof Le DM
Francis Coquelin was recalled from a loan move to Charlton Athletic and have put up a wonderful display in the middle of the park. The DMF derives so much joy in breaking down play and winning tackles. He caged the Tigers and got a yellow for his troubles. He sure has done better than Flamini and may be the DMF Wenger has been searching for. Don’t be surprised if Wenger fails to get a DMF in this January window. Le Coq is enjoying his recent game time donning the red and white.
4. Clean Sheet and Per’s Goal.
Associating clean sheets with Arsenal now is like asking an African goat to look after your tubers of yam. But Arsenal kept Hull at bay with Ospina given less work to do. Bellerin, Chambers and Monreal gave their best with Metersacker going one step further by opening scoring, his first goal since his semifinal goal against Wigan. He does love the cups.
Rozza’s electric pace and drive, Campbell’s workrate and defensive duties, Cazorla’s twinky feets, Sanchez’s 16th goal of the season, and many more.
Who is next? Will the venue be London?