Playing at back to some what of their season best Arsenal defeated Everton FC by 4 goals to 1 in the FA Cup quaterfinals today. The Gunners got two goals in 2.5 minutes from substitute Olivier Giroud and more importantly Mezut Ozil was lively and looked very efficient as he played a good game setting up one goal and scoring the opener. Wenger started with Yaya Sonogo up front and both Giroud & Podolski on the bench and played Lukas Fabianski in goal. The Gunners started well and in the 9th minute Ozil scored off an assist by Santi Carzola. Also the Ox was playing quite well going from goal post to goal post.
Everton regrouped and played extremely well and challenged the Londoners and were rewarded when Romelu Lukaku left footed a shot from very close range to the centre of the goal, assisted by Kevin Mirallas following a fast break. 1-1. That’s how it ended at half time. But in the second half Arsenal looked to shore things up and win the game. In the 60th minute Giroud came on for Sonogo, who didn’t look at lively as he has been in recent games. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain draws a foul in the penalty area and Arteta scores but the referee replays it as Giroud had infringed on the start and earned himself a yellow card. No problem, cool as a cucumber Arteta scores once again.
Giroud then scored twice – a left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bacary Sagna and then left footed a shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Özil following a fast break. Match to Arsenal 4-1 and a semi-final at Wembley will follow.