Arsenal breaks nine-year losing streak to Man-United at Old Trafford, advance to FA semis

Posted: March 10, 2015 in News, SPORTS
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Danny Welbeck marked his return to Old Trafford by scoring the winning goal as Arsenal advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, with a memorable win at Manchester United on Monday night.

On an evening where Arsène Wenger’s side showed no shortage of determination and quality, Nacho Monreal gave the visitors the lead after 26 minutes when finishing a terrific team move, but Wayne Rooney quickly equalised.

During a lively second half, Welbeck scored what would be the decisive goal just after the hour, capitalising on Antonio Valencia’s error to round the impressive David de Gea and poke into the empty net.

Angel Di Maria was sent off for shoving the referee in the closing stages as the home team tried in vain to get back into what was a captivating cup tie.

This fixture has produced some special fixtures over the years and this was no exception. Finally, after nine years and 11 attempts, Arsenal have won at Old Trafford again. Arsène Wenger’s grin at full-time said it all. The Gunners have now reached more FA Cup semi-finals than any other team, while this was the boss’ 10th win of 11 quarter-finals in the competition.

It all means that Wenger’s side will return to Wembley to meet Bradford or Reading in the last four on the weekend of April 18.

Danny Welbeck made a first return to the stadium that he called home until last summer’s deadline day.

While Arsenal’s route to the quarter-final was relatively serene, the hosts had required replays to see off both Yeovil Town and Cambridge United.

This was the undisputed tie of the round and was set up tantalisingly. Arsenal have found consistency since the turn of the year, and Wednesday’s win at Queens Park Rangers was their 10th win from the last 12 matches in all competitions. But Louis van Gaal’s side had found form too and came into the match with just two defeats in 22 games.

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