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English FA Cup

Monday, 9 March 2015,

Man United
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Arsenal
  • Kickoff: 20:45 BST
  • Stadium: Old Trafford
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Old Trafford
  • Attendance: 74,285
  • 29' Wayne Rooney
  • 77' Ángel Di María
  • 25' Nacho Monreal
  • 61' Danny Welbeck

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LVG: Wenger is amazing

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes the outcome of the FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal will not just affect the destiny of the venerable old trophy but also the contest for the Champions League positions.

The Gunners travel to Old Trafford on Monday to defend the trophy they won against Hull last season with the two sides neck and neck in the league - Arsene Wenger's side are one point ahead in third spot.

Van Gaal said: "Arsenal and United are now in third and fourth place, so it is a big event with two good teams. I hope we can give a fantastic match for the fans.

"I think if we beat them it is a big blow for them, but if they beat us it is a big blow for us. It is very important game, not only for the FA Cup but also for the (Premier League) rat race."

Van Gaal also paid tribute to the longevity of Gunners boss Wenger, who has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996.

He added: "In my opinion what he has done is amazing. It can only be in England, I believe, where managers are so long committed with one club.

"It shows how much he can mean for a club as a manager. I like that - like Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger - I think it's fantastic that you can do that."

Striker Robin van Persie will miss the clash against his old club due to an ankle injury, and defender Jonny Evans will sit out after he was banned by the FA for six matches for spitting at Newcastle's Papiss Cisse.

Wenger believes his side cannot expect to just defend deep and look to hit United on the counter-attack if they are to secure safe passage into the semi-finals.

The Gunners head to Old Trafford on the back of a fine run in the league, with sevens win in the last eight games putting them ahead of United into third.

The last time Wenger took his side to Manchester at the end of January, they produced what many believe was a pivotal defensive-minded display to beat City 2-0.

Wenger, though, maintains a concentrated rear-guard action alone will not be enough to see off Van Gaal's side, who continue to grind out results despite a wave of criticism over their style of play.

"At Manchester City, we scored the first goal, then we were on a defensive foot because they had to come out, and that (who scores first on Monday night) is not predictable today (before the game)," said Wenger.

"But what is for sure is both teams will go for it, so that means we will have to attack well and defend well."

Arsenal won against City despite having only 35 per cent possession.

Wenger knows it is more about what you do when you have the ball than how long you keep hold of it.

"You have to analyse it. You also have to look at ways of possession - is it in your own half or is it in the opponents half? If it is in your half, it can be a bit illusionary possession," said the Arsenal boss.

"I still think possession is an important part of the game - you cannot go into a game and say you do not want the ball.

"Sometimes you do not have the ball because your opponent is better, sometimes you are leading 1-0 or 2-0 and your team is focused on defending the advantage.

"But overall I still think it is very important that the sport rewards people and teams who take initiative."

Despite the inconvenient kick-off time for the final televised FA Cup quarter-final, Arsenal expect some 9,000 supporters to make the journey to the north-west.

Two trains have been specially charted to help get fans back to London after the match, while the club have also subsidised 19 coaches.

Wojciech Szczesny faces a fitness test following illness after missing the midweek win at QPR, as does Nacho Monreal (back) and Mathieu Flamini (hamstring).

Gabriel has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury and joins Jack Wilshere (ankle), Mikel Arteta (ankle), Abou Diaby (calf) and Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) on the sidelines.

91'+5

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

91'+4

Throw-in: Wayne Rooney takes it (Attacking)

91'+4

Francis Coquelin clears the ball from danger.

91'+4

Throw-in: Wayne Rooney takes it (Attacking)

91'+3

David De Gea makes the save (Fumble)

91'+3

Alexis Sánchez hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

91'+3

Per Mertesacker clears the ball from danger.

91'+3

Throw-in: Ashley Young takes it (Defending)

91'+2

Per Mertesacker clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

Per Mertesacker clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.

91'+2

Throw-in: Adnan Januzaj takes it (Attacking)

91'+2

Throw-in: Daley Blind takes it (Defending)

91'+1

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 92'

91'

Antonio Valencia commits a foul on Olivier Giroud resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

91'

Throw-in: Nacho Monreal takes it (Defending)

91'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 91'

91'

End of the game

91'

The referee has signaled the end of the second half

90'

Mesut Özil commits a foul on Daley Blind resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

90'

Ashley Young clears the ball from danger.

90'

Alexis Sánchez crosses the ball.

90'

David De Gea clears the ball from danger.

90'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

89'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

89'

Per Mertesacker clears the ball from danger.

89'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Free Kick at 89'

88'

Aaron Ramsey

88'

Aaron Ramsey commits a foul on Ashley Young resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

88'

Santi Cazorla hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

88'

Throw-in: Nacho Monreal takes it (Attacking)

87'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 87'

87'

Adnan Januzaj

86'

Calum Chambers clears the ball from danger.

86'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

85'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 85'

85'

Offside called on Marouane Fellaini

84'

Santi Cazorla clears the ball from danger.

84'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

84'

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.

84'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 84'

84'

Offside called on Olivier Giroud

83'

Daley Blind clears the ball from danger.

83'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Attacking)

82'

Throw-in: Daley Blind takes it (Defending)

81'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

81'

Wayne Rooney curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

81'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 81'

80'

Handball called on Nacho Monreal

79'

Throw-in: Daley Blind takes it (Attacking)

79'

Antonio Valencia clears the ball from danger.

79'

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Free Kick at 79'

78'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Francis Coquelin resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

78'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 78'

78'

Olivier Giroud commits a foul on Ashley Young resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

77'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 77'

77'

Daley Blind commits a foul on Calum Chambers resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

77'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 77'

77'

Ángel Di María

76'

Ángel Di María

75'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Free Kick at 75'

75'

Francis Coquelin commits a foul on Antonio Valencia resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

75'

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Free Kick at 75'

75'

Offside called on Adnan Januzaj

74'

Ashley Young clears the ball from danger.

74'

David De Gea makes the save (Fumble)

74'

Santi Cazorla hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

74'

Alexis Sánchez crosses the ball.

74'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 74'

74'

Arsenal makes a sub: Olivier Giroud enters for Danny Welbeck. Reason: Tactical

73'

Manchester United makes a sub: Adnan Januzaj enters for Marcos Rojo. Reason: Tactical

73'

Offside called on Ashley Young

72'

David De Gea makes the save (Other)

72'

Alexis Sánchez curls a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

72'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 72'

72'

Antonio Valencia commits a foul on Alexis Sánchez resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

71'

Calum Chambers clears the ball from danger.

70'

Throw-in: Marcos Rojo takes it (Attacking)

70'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 70'

69'

Antonio Valencia commits a foul on Nacho Monreal resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

69'

Mesut Özil clears the ball from danger.

69'

Throw-in: Marcos Rojo takes it (Attacking)

68'

Wojciech Szczesny makes the save (Catch)

68'

Marouane Fellaini hits a good header. Outcome: save

68'

Ashley Young crosses the ball.

67'

Calum Chambers clears the ball from danger.

67'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Free Kick at 67'

67'

Francis Coquelin commits a foul on Marouane Fellaini resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

67'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Attacking)

66'

Phil Jones clears the ball from danger.

66'

Throw-in: Nacho Monreal takes it (Attacking)

66'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

66'

Arsenal makes a sub: Calum Chambers enters for Hector Bellerin. Reason: Tactical

65'

Chris Smalling hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

65'

Nacho Monreal clears the ball from danger.

65'

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.

65'

Danny Welbeck clears the ball from danger.

65'

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.

65'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 65'

64'

Marcos Rojo

64'

Hector Bellerin commits a foul on Ashley Young resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

64'

Hector Bellerin clears the ball from danger.

61'

1 - 2

Goal!! Danny Welbeck hits a right footed shot low through the middle from the centre penalty area and scores!! Arsenal now leads 2 - 1

61'

Danny Welbeck hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: goal

61'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

61'

Ángel Di María hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

60'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 60'

60'

Ashley Young

60'

Ashley Young commits a foul on Danny Welbeck resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

59'

Daley Blind clears the ball from danger.

59'

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 59'

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Marouane Fellaini

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Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Aaron Ramsey resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

58'

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Free Kick at 58'

58'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Francis Coquelin resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

58'

Phil Jones clears the ball from danger.

57'

Nacho Monreal clears the ball from danger.

57'

Phil Jones clears the ball from danger.

57'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Attacking)

56'

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Free Kick at 56'

56'

Michael Carrick commits a foul on Santi Cazorla resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

56'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Defending)

55'

Throw-in: Ashley Young takes it (Attacking)

55'

Hector Bellerin clears the ball from danger.

55'

Throw-in: Marcos Rojo takes it (Attacking)

55'

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Free Kick at 55'

55'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Francis Coquelin resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

54'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Attacking)

54'

Phil Jones clears the ball from danger.

53'

David De Gea makes the save (Catch)

53'

Alexis Sánchez hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

52'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Attacking)

52'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Attacking)

51'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

51'

Arsenal makes a sub: Aaron Ramsey enters for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Reason: Injury

49'

Marcos Rojo crosses the ball.

49'

Santi Cazorla clears the ball from danger.

49'

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.

49'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

49'

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.

49'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 49'

48'

Danny Welbeck commits a foul on Michael Carrick resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

48'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Defending)

48'

Hector Bellerin clears the ball from danger.

47'

Throw-in: Nacho Monreal takes it (Defending)

46'

Manchester United makes a sub: Michael Carrick enters for Ander Herrera. Reason: Tactical

46'

Manchester United makes a sub: Phil Jones enters for Luke Shaw. Reason: Tactical

46'

The second half is under way

46'+1

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Free Kick at 47'

46'+1

Marcos Rojo commits a foul on Danny Welbeck resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

46'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

46'

The referee has signaled the end of the first half

45'

Wojciech Szczesny makes the save (Catch)

45'

Marouane Fellaini hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

45'

Wojciech Szczesny clears the ball from danger.

45'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

45'

Daley Blind clears the ball from danger.

45'

Throw-in: Nacho Monreal takes it (Defending)

44'

David De Gea makes the save (Other)

44'

Santi Cazorla curls a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

44'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 44'

43'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

43'

Hector Bellerin clears the ball from danger.

43'

Ashley Young crosses the ball.

43'

Wojciech Szczesny makes the save (Feet)

43'

Ángel Di María hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

42'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Attacking)

42'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

41'

Wojciech Szczesny makes the save (Catch)

41'

Wayne Rooney hits a right footed shot. Outcome: save

41'

Nacho Monreal clears the ball from danger.

41'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

38'

Nacho Monreal clears the ball from danger.

38'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

38'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 38'

37'

Ander Herrera

37'

Ander Herrera commits a foul on Alexis Sánchez resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

37'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

36'

Chris Smalling hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

36'

Hector Bellerin clears the ball from danger.

36'

Ashley Young crosses the ball.

34'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

34'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

34'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Free Kick at 34'

33'

Handball called on Danny Welbeck

33'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Defending)

33'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

32'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Attacking)

32'

Per Mertesacker clears the ball from danger.

31'

David De Gea makes the save (Other)

31'

Danny Welbeck hits a good header. Outcome: save

31'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses the ball.

31'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Attacking)

31'

Daley Blind clears the ball from danger.

31'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 31'

30'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Francis Coquelin resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

29'

1 - 1

Goal!! Wayne Rooney hits a header high through the middle from the centre penalty area and scores!! The game is now tied at 1

29'

Wayne Rooney hits a good header. Outcome: goal

29'

That last goal was assisted by Ángel Di María

28'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clears the ball from danger.

27'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

25'

0 - 1

Goal!! Nacho Monreal hits a left footed shot to the lower left corner from the centre penalty area and scores!! Arsenal now leads 1 - 0

25'

Nacho Monreal hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: goal

25'

That last goal was assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

25'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

25'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

25'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 25'

24'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Francis Coquelin resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

24'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

24'

Hector Bellerin clears the ball from danger.

23'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Defending)

23'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

22'

Mesut Özil crosses the ball.

22'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Free Kick at 22'

22'

Marcos Rojo commits a foul on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

21'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

21'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses the ball.

21'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Attacking)

20'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

20'

Ashley Young hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

19'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Defending)

19'

David De Gea takes a short goal kick

18'

Hector Bellerin crosses the ball.

18'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

18'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

18'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 18'

17'

Ander Herrera commits a foul on Alexis Sánchez resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

16'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Free Kick at 16'

15'

Daley Blind commits a foul on Francis Coquelin resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

15'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

14'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

14'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 14'

13'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Per Mertesacker resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

13'

Per Mertesacker clears the ball from danger.

13'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

13'

Danny Welbeck clears the ball from danger.

13'

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.

13'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 13'

12'

Francis Coquelin commits a foul on Ashley Young resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

12'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Defending)

11'

Throw-in: Ashley Young takes it (Defending)

11'

Hector Bellerin clears the ball from danger.

11'

Ander Herrera clears the ball from danger.

10'

Throw-in: Nacho Monreal takes it (Attacking)

10'

Throw-in: Nacho Monreal takes it (Attacking)

9'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Defending)

9'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a short goal kick

8'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Defending)

8'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clears the ball from danger.

8'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

7'

Per Mertesacker clears the ball from danger.

6'

Danny Welbeck clears the ball from danger.

6'

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.

6'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 6'

4'

Hector Bellerin

4'

Hector Bellerin commits a foul on Ashley Young resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

4'

Throw-in: Hector Bellerin takes it (Attacking)

3'

Chris Smalling blocks the block

3'

Chris Smalling makes the save (Block)

3'

Alexis Sánchez hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

3'

Chris Smalling blocks the shot

3'

Alexis Sánchez curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

3'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Defending)

2'

Antonio Valencia clears the ball from danger.

2'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 2'

2'

Ander Herrera commits a foul on Santi Cazorla resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

1'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Defending)

1'

Game on!

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Possession

59%
41%
  • Manchester United
  • Arsenal

Shots

11
13

Shots on target

6
10

Fouls

20
9

Corners

0
0

Yellow Cards

6
2

Red Cards

1
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Head to Head

Man United1 - 2Arsenal
Arsenal1 - 2Man United
Arsenal0 - 0Man United
Man United1 - 0Arsenal
Arsenal1 - 1Man United
Man United2 - 1Arsenal

Man United

  • 1David De Gea
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • 25Antonio Valencia
  • 3Luke Shaw
  • -> Phil Jones
  • 5Marcos Rojo
  • -> Adnan Januzaj
  • 21Ander Herrera
  • -> Michael Carrick
  • 7Ángel Di María
  • 31Marouane Fellaini
  • 18Ashley Young
  • 17Daley Blind
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • Subs
  • 32Victor Valdés
  • 9Radamel Falcao
  • 8Juan Mata
  • 2Rafael

Arsenal

  • 1Wojciech Szczesny
  • 18Nacho Monreal
  • 39Hector Bellerin
  • -> Calum Chambers
  • 6Laurent Koscielny
  • 4Per Mertesacker
  • 15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • -> Aaron Ramsey
  • 19Santi Cazorla
  • 34Francis Coquelin
  • 11Mesut Özil
  • 17Alexis Sánchez
  • 23Danny Welbeck
  • -> Olivier Giroud
  • Subs
  • 26Emiliano Martinez
  • 14Theo Walcott
  • 3Kieran Gibbs
  • 38Chuba Akpom

Danny Welbeck nets winner as Arsenal beat Man Utd in FA Cup

Danny Welbeck came back to haunt Louis van Gaal as the Manchester United manager was subjected to a night of despair and defeat at Old Trafford.

Capitalising on a horror backpass from Phil Jones, Welbeck sent Arsenal through to the semifinals of the FA Cup with a 61st-minute winner after Wayne Rooney had equalised Nacho Monreal's opener.

To pile yet more misery on the United boss, he watched Angel Di Maria get sent off towards the end of the 2-1 defeat for pulling referee Michael Oliver's shirt as he reacted angrily to being booked for diving.

Replays showed Di Maria was pulled back by Aaron Ramsey before he tumbled to the ground, but the way in which he reacted will not please United boss Van Gaal.

Di Maria can have little reason to complain. The £59.7m signing snatched at Oliver's shirt as he turned away after issuing him with a booking.

The dismissal is the latest episode in a long list of disappointments for the British record signing, who Van Gaal hoped would bring silverware to Old Trafford.

With United 10 points behind Chelsea in the league, that dream is almost certainly over. After a mildly encouraging performance in the first half, United wilted and looked blunt after the restart. Welbeck, the Longsight lad who left his boyhood club for north London last summer, provided the killer touch after a clanger from Antonio Valencia.

Van Gaal claimed he controversially ditched Welbeck last summer because the striker did not score enough goals.

And while the forward has hardly been prolific at Arsenal, he will have enjoyed showing Van Gaal what he is missing here.

For Van Gaal, the dream of silverware may be over, but Arsene Wenger's side are now very much favourites to regain the FA Cup after registering their first win at Old Trafford in nine years.




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