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FA Cup third round replay: Arsenal 1 Swansea City 0

By SWEP_DafP  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

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SWANSEA City were knocked out of the FA Cup after their stubborn resistance at the Emirates was broken by a late goal from Jack Wilshere.
The Swans faced a maelstrom of Arsenal pressure in the second half and looked set to force extra time after a spirited defensive effort saw them frustrate the Gunners for long periods.
But Arsenal secured their passage to the fourth round when Wilshere slammed the ball in from the edge of the area in the 86th minute to deny Swansea a second famous win of the season in North London.
Michael Laudrup's men had won 2-0 at the Emirates last month and, after forcing this third round replay with a 2-2 draw at the Liberty, they entered the tie with confidence.
Winless in their last three matches and eager to appease their restless fans, Arsenal made a purposeful start with Olivier Giroud missing two chances in the first five minutes.
It took a little while for Swansea to settle into their characteristic passing groove, but they were inches away from taking the lead when Kyle Bartley headed Wayne Routledge's cross on to the bar midway through the first half.
Thomas Vermaelen and Kieran Gibbs both went close for Arsenal, while Jack Wilshere was a driving force from midfield for the hosts.
Vermaelen had another chance moments before the break, but his shot on the turn from a corner was saved superbly by Michel Vorm to keep the game goalless at half time.
The Gunners had a glorious opportunity to score less than five minutes into the second half, as Abou Diaby sent Theo Walcott scampering clear with a fine through ball.
The England forward pressed the accelerator and, despite the heavy attention of Chico Flores, he dinked a shot over Vorm but saw the ball dribble wide.
This prompted a torrent of pressure from the Gunners, with Wilshere forcing Vorm into a spectacular stop before Danny Graham chested Walcott's follow up off the line.
There were further chances for Wilshere, Giroud and Walcott but, through a combination of stoic Swansea defending and maladroit Arsenal finishing, the match remained scoreless.
Despite having to weather a seemingly endless storm of pressure, the Swans were close to snatching a late winner as their man of the match Flores headed into the side netting.
Extra time was beginning to look inevitable but, with four minutes left, Wilshere was fed by Giroud and powered in a left-footed drive past Vorm to set up a fourth-round meeting with Brighton.

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  • trncjack  |  January 17 2013, 11:07AM

    Iam not bothered about losing this game ,but i am bothered by the way we lost it . For the last few years we have past the ball from the goal keeper , and keeping the ball , we are now hoofing it up field and into the feet of the other team putting us under presure straight away, we are not using tiki taka, but we have started to use plan b ,(hitting on the brake) we are defending for most of the game , and just hopeing to nick one, come on guys we are better than that.

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  • brochadav  |  January 17 2013, 9:44AM

    So we lost. Did anyone really think our squad is strong enough to compete on 3 fronts? The team ML put out probably recognised that the game against Stoke is more important and then we have Chelsea, with a realistic chance of getting to the final and maybe into Europe. And by next season we will have had a chance to strengthen the squad. Yes Dyer has been out of sorts, yes a few looked tired, but there have been a lot of games recently. We've done so well this season and I think some people expect too much and think we should win every game. This was Arsenal at the Emirates, not Middlesboro at home (who we struggled to beat anyway) Lets get real shall we?

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  • CroJack  |  January 17 2013, 1:52AM

    Is it at Wimbledon's Centre Court we are going to play cup final? Looking forward to see Michu playing tennis there; ). I really don't care about FA Cup this year. We have a real chance, for the first time in our history, to win a Cup, and qualify for European League. And it would be amazing to celebrate 100 years of our club with a trophy. Wembley, I am comming...

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  • SAMANDJANET  |  January 17 2013, 12:20AM

    Any chance of dropping us off at Wembley on the way to Wimbledon? Defence were immense Flores gets better every game but Dyer is going in the opposite direction. Danny Graham still waiting for that bus in the semi circle. Surely it must be along soon. Let's hope so and it's going north Apart from Michu does anyone else look remotely look like scoring or have the belief they might.but thank God Walcott thinks he is a centre forward. ML must be disappointed that there was not the quick fluid movement forward when in possession. The ball given away far too often and we hardly got one 50/50 ball in midfield. Vorm was brilliant but should stop always kicking to the right when he does. Everytime bar one Arsenal got the ball and the one they didn't it went straight into touch and Arsenal launched another attack ML must be disappointed with the lack of inventiveness. Someone needed to tke the team by the scruff of the neck on the pitch. Nevermind all will be OK against Stoke. Won't it ? Anyone for tennis?

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  • Hedoken97842  |  January 16 2013, 11:03PM

    Not bothered to be honest, you could tell from the line up that this was not something we really cared about winning hence the team and it was luck we held on as long as we did. If you wanna win games against the big boys you need the A team from the start. There are 8 rounds in this thing , we are better off focusing on the premier league and putting our efforts into beating chelsea to get to wimbledon in the cup next week. I find it hard to belive we would get to the semis or beyond in both cups anyway, so better we go out now while there were no expectations or dreams. We got a real chance of winning some silverware and getting into europe, lets try and do the business against Chelsea and go all the way!

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  • MM1958  |  January 16 2013, 9:55PM

    Only way to describe this is ...Totally Dissappointing. DG, Dyer, Augustien Jazz, are not good enough, cannot pass and run around like headless chickens. Only players that seemed to be trying, in vain at times, were Chico and Vorm Played like Swansea of last season and caused no threat at all. ML needs to make the players buck their ideas up about this plan B as this was more like plan Z. Suerly he didnt send them out to play so abysmally. Dont mind losing or going out of FA cup its the way we went out losing to a full strenght Arsenal side that we gifted the game to. If we hadn't given the ball away so much, I think Arsenal would have still been looking for a goal next year. Lets hope for a change in attitude by some of the players. I dont accept tiredness ...these are professionals...thats an excuse the likes of Arsenal use when losing to lesser sides.

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  • abertawejack  |  January 16 2013, 9:50PM

    We were getting results on the left wing and doing something positive, but the ball was played little there and as we didn't use it much throughout the game. Best team won if only for the scoring chances they created. I'll not knock our team too much here, but they did look lethargic in attack at times, Yet losing 1-0 at The Arsenal. I ain't moaning no way. It could have gone either way. Our Vorm played his heart out and should have been awarded MOTM IMHO.

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