Arsenal 2 - 1 Liverpool

Match info: FA Cup - 5th Rnd at Emirates Stadium

Date: 16/02/2014 KO: 16:00 Ref: H Webb

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 16
Lukas Podolski 47



Steven Gerrard 59 (pen)

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • Liverpool are not able to break through for an equaliser as Arsenal cling on for a 2-1 victory to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and a home tie against Everton. The Reds rallied after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski had put the Gunners 2-0 up, but after Steven Gerrard reduced the arrears with a penalty, Arsenal held firm in a thrilling finale.

  • Liverpool throw more men into the area as they get a free-kick out wide on the right, but Lukasz Fabianski this time is able to clutch onto Steven Gerrard's high cross.

  • Yaya Sanogo receives a warm round of applause as he makes way for Olivier Giroud for the final few minutes.

  • Lukasz Fabianski's first mistake of the game nearly results in a Liverpool goal, as he comes out flapping at Steven Gerrard's free-kick and is beaten to the ball by Daniel Agger, but he cannot direct his header on target.

  • Liverpool's rhythm has just deserted them at a crucial stage, but they win a free-kick in a decent area as Mikel Arteta fouls Philippe Coutinho.

  • Mesut Ozil has put in a good shift today and he continues to work the channels, just running the ball out of play on this occasion following a strong run.

  • Arsenal have just managed to relieve the pressure for the past few minutes, as a couple of stoppages disrupt Liverpool's momentum.

  • Yaya Sanogo gives Arsenal something a little different and his hold-up play has been good today, as he battles to give his defenders some respite.

  • Steven Gerrard releases Philippe Coutinho with a sumptuous pass but the Brazilian's cross is intercepted by the impressive Lukasz Fabianski.

  • Per Mertesacker makes life difficult for Luis Suarez as he tries to get off a shot, giving Lukasz Fabianski a fairly comfortable save.

  • Arsenal's second change sees Kieran Gibbs come on for Alx Oxlade-Chamberlain to shore up the defence.

  • Steven Gerrard concedes a free-kick for a poor challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the Arsenal fans think he should be shown a second yellow card, but the referee shows some leniency.

  • Arsenal have a chance to restore their two-goal advantage following a rapid breakaway, but Santi Cazorla blazes his volley over when he could perhaps take another touch to get himself settled.

  • Raheem Sterling beats his defender over on the right wing but cannot quite deliver the final ball, with so many Arsenal bodies back in their own box making the space difficult to find.

  • Arsene Wenger makes his first change of the afternoon and it is Lukas Podolski who is replaced as Santi Cazorla comes on.

  • Lukas Fabianski has had an exceptional game so far and his handling is flawless as he holds on to a rasping 20-yard shot from Luis Suarez.

  • Arsenal need to try and regroup here. It is one-way traffic just at the moment as Liverpool pile the pressure on in pursuit of an equaliser.

  • Luis Suarez's free-kick crashes into the defensive wall but he is then sent tumbling by a mistimed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain challenge. Howard Webb spotted the foul by Lukas Podolski a few minutes ago but he really should be awarding a second penalty here, but instead play is waved on and Arsenal breathe a sigh of relief.

  • Arsenal are looking ragged now as they concede a free-kick on the edge of the area, with Liverpool scenting an equaliser.

  • Daniel Sturridge is denied by a fantastic save from Lukasz Fabianski. Sturridge latches on to a pass and tries to dribble round the onrushing keeper, but he just manages to stretch out an arm and get the ball to safety.


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