Arsenal won an entertaining game at Old Trafford in the quarter-final of the FA Cup before receiving a favourable semi-final draw. Mike Norman has the details…
Arsenal are now as short as 1.865/6 to retain the FA Cup after they beat Manchester United 1-2 this evening before being drawn against Bradford or Reading in a Wembley semi-final.
The Gunners took the lead midway through the first half of tonight’s tie after some brilliant work from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who glided past a number of United defenders before finding Nacho Monreal inside the area. The full-back – matched at a massive 160.0159/1 to score first – took one touch before dispatching the ball past David De Gea.
United responded immediately however, and it was Wayne Rooney who found space in the area to head home a sensational cross from Angel Di Maria. The 1-1 Half Time score was matched at a very rewarding 17.016/1.
Arsene Wenger’s men restored the lead 15 minutes into the second half when Danny Welbeck capitalised on a defensive error to tuck the ball into an empty net against his former club. The striker was matched at 3.814/5 to score at anytime.
United went in search of a winner but just minutes after De Gea had kept them in the game with a brilliant save from a Santi Cazorla shot, Di Maria was dismissed after receiving a yellow card for diving before shoving the referee in the back, resulting in a second yellow card.
A Sending Off was matched at 5.04/1, and with the home side unable to get back into the tie those who backed Arsenal at 4.3100/30 to win the game were rewarded. The 1-2 Correct Score was matched at 15.014/1.
FA Cup Semi-Final Draw
Bradford/Reading v Arsenal
Aston Villa v Liverpool/Blackburn
*ties to be played weekend of 18/19th April