Arsenal sweep into quarters

2011-03-03 06:47

London - Arsenal returned to form with a 5-0 drubbing of Leyton Orient and Manchester City eased past Aston Villa 3-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Nicklas Bendtner fired a hat-trick as Arsenal recovered from their League Cup final loss to Birmingham City in a one-sided fifth-round replay against Orient to set up a titanic quarterfinal against Manchester United.

The Gunners' victory was never in doubt after Marouane Chamakh and Bendtner put Arsenal 2-0 up and Arsene Wenger's side bounced back emphatically from Sunday's shock defeat by Birmningham.

Manchester City also reached the last eight with an easy win over much-changed Aston Villa team and they face Championship side Reading who beat Premier League Everton on Tuesday.

"It was important we came back from Sunday's defeat with a win," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters.

"We are having a fine run apart from Sunday's defeat which came under special circumstances. But we played very well tonight."

The Gunners, held to a 1-1 draw by third tier Orient in the first game, were looking for a rapid response after Sunday's painful 2-1 loss when they conceded a last-minute goal to Birmingham after a mix-up between goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny.

But there were no mistakes at the Emirates where the crowd were subdued until Arsenal took control of the game.

Chamakh settled nerves with a well-taken side-footed goal, his first since November, after seven minutes before Bendtner headed the second, Arsenal's 100th of the season in all competitions.

Orient, who scored in the last minute to take the tie to a replay, had chances in the opening stages with Dean Cox almost cancelling out Arsenal's opener after 14 minutes.

But despite a spirited performance from the visitors, Arsenal were too sharp and had too much guile, and that included 19-year-old midfielder Conor Henderson who had a fine debut.

Bendtner's second just before halftime exposed the gulf in class between the teams when he beat off defenders before firing a curling shot past goalkeeper Jamie Jones.

Jones had no chance of saving his 62nd-minute penalty either before Gael Clichy wrapped up the win with an angled left-foot drive 15 minutes from time.

Manchester City took an early grip at Eastlands with Yaya Toure opening the scoring after Villa failed to clear a corner in the fifth minute.

The ball bounced off the shoulder of Ciaran Clark and into Toure's path and he cracked it home from inside the six-yard box.

Mario Balotelli, beginning to settle at City after a difficult first few months at Eastlands disrupted by injury, added the second when he collected a pass from Toure and sidefooted home a half-volley from 15-metres that bounced in off Brad Friedel's post.

David Silva added the third 20 minutes from time with a powerful drive from the edge of the penalty area.

The other quarterfinals are Stoke City against West Ham United and Birmingham against Bolton Wanderers.


  • Gunner - 2011-03-03 07:22

    Well done boys...keep it going one game at a time

  • Gunner Nash - 2011-03-03 09:18

    I guess Man Utd are really feeling the pressure now. Arsenal not doing bad for an "academy" hay Evra. Now we just waiting for Fergie to try distracting us with his mind games. Well done to Ancelotti for actually pulling one over Man Utd by saying they out of the title race...

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-03 09:44

      You love talking trash don't you? 6 years and counting and where have you been all week after you DOMINATED Birmingham to finish second? Chelsea are out of the title and we going to put you out of it too don't worry, Barcelona will knock you out of the Champions League and we shall knock you out of the FA Cup and that leaves you with?? Yes 7 years and counting.........

      A(N)ON - 2011-03-03 10:12

      @(Tail) Gunner based on all of your comments on this site regarding ManU it is most likely you that is feeling the pressure. Nerves getting to you? Remember last year this time it was a 3 horse race with all Gunners supporting chanting that their team had the easiest of the run-ins? What happended? Your team capitulated under the pressure and barely made 3rd spot. So are these the nerves that you projecting on to us? Hey we lost 3 points against Chelsea - we won't even complain about decisions that go against you because we realise that there are matches whereby they go in our favour and matches in which they go against. Inconsistent decisions will not change reality - results do - at at United we focus on results so the Chelsea game is past, history, klaar - next game at Pool is critical and we will go to Anfield chasing the 3 points.

      Man U - 2011-03-03 13:11

      @Gunner Nash: There we go again! Only commenting when Utd lose and Arsenal wins! Typical of Ar$ehole supporters!

      A(N)ON - 2011-03-03 13:24

      @ManU u 100% correct - these chops all wait for United to lose before they start to shoot their mouths off! Well its only happened 3 times this season so lets give allow them their special moment...

      Albo - 2011-03-03 14:22

      Hehe - you`ll probably get into the FA final then choke.......AGAIN!!!!!

  • romeo - 2011-03-03 10:36

    Guess what A(N)ON - you meating Chelsea again ,get the ref money in order as thats the only means of taking the Title this year .Chelsea doesnt have a bad run on you home grounds in the past thus the future wont make a difference .***Dude you must worry or hide your Devils shirt***

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-03 12:32

      Romeo........ please enlighten us as to who you support? Meating? At Old Trafford it's a different story my friend and they won't have Atkinson reffing that one so it'll be a fair game of Footie. Still top of the log. FACT!

      Man U - 2011-03-03 12:59

      @Romeo: If i can recall, the fixture at OT last season, Chelsea won after Drogba scored from an offside position! So maybe Roman needs to "get the ref money in order" You ignorant chop!

      A(N)ON - 2011-03-03 12:59

      Romeo oh Romeo where art thou - meating with some shrink no doubt? Arsenal have to play Pool (A), United (H), City (A), Spurs (A) and Chelsea (A) in their run-in. United have to play Chelsea (H), Pool (A) & Arsenal (A). In between there is some interesting fixtures for Arsenal like Sunderland, Everton, Newcastle, Fulham etc. By no mean a slam dunk affair for BOTH teams so don't count your chickens... BTW even with the REFs assitance on Sunday, Arsenal could not win so don't worry about us. I'll wear my ManU gear with pride IRRESPECTIVE - can the same be said about you and the team you support?

  • Kyle - 2011-03-03 13:38

    u guys are like little children man flip...they both 2 quality teams, with 2 very different styles of play the difference between the 2 is united know how to win trophies (and im an arsenal supprter)

  • Gunner Nash - 2011-03-03 14:36

    Guys guys guys take it easy, i understand that by now url must be pissing ur pants over the trip to Anfield and u having to take the trip without Ferdinand & Vidic, who wouldnt be. We all now how hungry Pool is to win and i'm sure Rooney is having sleepless nights all week, but come on Liverpool havent won a trophy in the last 5 years, so relax, u can always throw that in their faces, come Monday...

      Albo - 2011-03-03 15:14

      "5 years" - So Liverpool is actually doing better than Arse-anal then?? LOL

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-03 15:17

      And you haven't won a trophy in 6.............. So maybe you should rather keep quiet?

      Man U - 2011-03-03 15:30

      @Gunner Nash: We can still cope without Vidic and Ferdinand! We did that for most of last season and came within 2 points of finishing 1st! Arsenil on the other hand do not even know how to kick a ball without Fabricass and Van, Flash in the Pan, Persie! Talk about a two man team! When Arsenil wins a trophy, then talk!

      Gunner Nash - 2011-03-03 15:43

      As far as i know, Chelsea are the current FA Cup, Premier League Champs, Inter are the current CL holders, Birmingham the Carling (Man Utd) Cup holders. So why then are u guys talking so much? Talking about a two man team? What exactly did Man Utd win after Ronaldo's departure? Oh i forgot they won Rooney's services @ double his previous salary.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-03 16:20

      And what did Arsenal win after Henry's departure? Silver in the Carling Cup and....................... nice! Hear the noise

  • rnyandoro1 - 2011-03-03 16:33

    Take it easy Utd supporters....this is why the whole football world rejoices when u get are not seem to think that you rule the league and its yours by default...somehow this attitude runs from the manager himself. We (Arsenal) are doing ok...while you keep on yapping about trophy drought...we keep getting closer to the goal on quarter of your budget and virtually almost no debt, good future teams & what's the future for Utd when your whole midfield retires...such putrid arrogance escapes all reason!!!

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  • rnyandoro1 - 2011-03-03 17:25

    Besides somehow this season Utd...don't have a prayer playing away from their "fortress"...boy this is gonna get interesting...

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