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Injury setback could force Wenger to start third-string star vs Lincoln

Injury setback could force Wenger to start third-string star vs Lincoln

Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday as they put five past the first non-league side to reach the quarter-final of the FA Cup in over 100 years in Lincoln City.

"Some Arsenal fans might be going there wanting us to win".

"Sadly, the way the game works now, no one can be afforded a bit of respect, even if you have been at a club for 20 years".

"At the end of the game even when you have been so long in football you sit there and think: 'How could this happen?' You could see that with Paris Saint-Germain, they froze suddenly, players with experience".

The Lincoln lads were unable to watch live as Arsenal were humbled by Bayern Munich as they had a big game of their own. March 11, 2017 at the Emirates stadium.

"I think a lot has been said about that is exaggerated", he added.

And it was clear from Wenger's lineup that he wasn't taking any risks against the non-league opponents.

Ozil's introduction saw him nearly score shortly before the break with a cross which was tipped past the post, but it was Walcott who broke the deadlock with his fifth FA Cup goal of the season to stand alone as the competition's leading scorer this term.

Arsene Wenger's men recovered from a 5-1 loss to Bayern to beat Lincoln City 5-0.

In the 58th minute Kieran Gibbs played a low cross, but Luke Waterfall converted the ball into his own net to make it 3-0 for the Gunners. In the week Wenger said "I have always made a decision to play the team that has a good chance to qualify".

There is also a perception that the directors have hidden behind Wenger instead of confronting the problems that have led to the team again losing ground on their rivals this season, which is a wider and more complicated issue than just the manager.

"That's why I maintained 90 per cent of the players in the starting line-up".

Theo Walcott's goal at the end of the first half opened the floodgates but it was far from an embarrassment, with the Lincoln players applauded from the field by both sets of fans.

It has been a horrendous few weeks for the Gunners with the pressure on Arsene Wenger's position intensifying.

"I take that on myself", he said when asked about the manner of Arsenal's performance as they shipped four goals in 17 minutes.

"That's humiliating. If I were him I'd have left", Wenger said while referring to PSG manager Unai Emery. "But it was a football education for sure".

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