Arsenal awake from slumber to end Lincoln run

Lincoln City's long and historic FA Cup run finally came to an end this evening in front of a sell-out crowd at the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal.

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

They are the first non-league club to reach this stage of the competition since 1914, although they are at the very top of the non-league pyramid, sitting top of the National League and on course to return to the Football League after a six-year absence.

"It is true that people are doubting his capability to manage the team. but I think you have to look at the players and in some situations the players have been letting Arsene down a lot because coaches have responsibility but players have responsibility as well".

It was a miserable day for Middlesbrough, who were knocked out of the FA Cup 2-0 by Manchester City and then saw relegation rivals Hull jump above them in the Premier League. A few hundred supporters staged another protest march before the game demanding that Wenger isn't given a new contract.

"If UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association don't take that step to go for more justice, they can't offer [viewers] what we saw for us against Bayern or the night after [in Barcelona]".

FT: Arsenal 5-0 #Imps - impressive second half by the Gunners sees them secure a place in the semis.

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.

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"I didn't want to gamble today because I knew it was very important to win the game", Wenger said.

Well done Arsenal. In this most dispiriting of seasons, there is one title that is undoubtedly theirs.

"That's why I maintained 90 per cent of the players in the starting line-up". I got slaughtered because it finished 5-1, but that is what I decided and I stand up for that - I thought, 'Even if it is a one in a million chance, let's go for it'. "Because we have been hit very hard after the game and that is always risky because the confidence can go very quickly".

Wenger was also taken aback by media reports suggesting midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is looking to leave the club.

Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez all scored. "I hope he stays here", Wenger said.

"I take that on myself", he said when asked about the manner of Arsenal's performance as they shipped four goals in 17 minutes. We still tried to play him but it could be a bug, I don't know.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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