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FA Cup: Arsenal Rout Lincoln 5-0 to Ease Pressure on Wenger

Under heavy fire after Tuesday's dismal Champions League exit against Bayern Munich, Wenger was given some much-needed breathing space by his side's quarter-final victory over the non-leaguers.

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Updated:March 12, 2017, 9:05 AM IST
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FA Cup: Arsenal Rout Lincoln 5-0 to Ease Pressure on Wenger
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London: Arsene Wenger avoided more humiliation as Arsenal moved into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 win against minnows Lincoln City on Saturday.

Under heavy fire after Tuesday's dismal Champions League exit against Bayern Munich, Wenger was given some much-needed breathing space by his side's quarter-final victory over the non-leaguers.

Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud bagged Arsenal's first two goals at the Emirates Stadium before Luke Waterfall's own goal.

Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey were also on the scoresheet as Arsenal sealed their place in next month's semi-finals at Wembley.

"Let's not talk about me. I think we have done that far too much over these past few weeks. I have shown loyalty and my preference is always here," Wenger said.

"We had a big disappointment in the Champions League. After that we had to respond and we needed players who were solid mentally.

"Recently we have disappointed our fans. We want to go again to Wembley to win."

For the second time in five days, Arsenal fans staged a pre-match protest march calling for Wenger to resign and the Frenchman could ill afford what would have been the FA Cup's greatest upset.

Fifth-tier leaders Lincoln were the first non-league team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years after a shock win over top-flight side Burnley in the fifth round.

And although Lincoln are 88 places below Arsenal in the league pyramid, there was no sign of that vast gulf in class in the first half, with Nathan Arnold almost giving them a shock lead when his shot brought a fine save from Petr Cech.

The chastening 5-1 loss to Bayern was Arsenal's fifth defeat in their seven games and they looked bereft of confidence for long periods.

Wenger's luck finally took a turn for the better in first-half stoppage time when Walcott's shot took a large deflection off Lincoln's Sam Habergham on its way into the net.

That settled Arsenal's nerves and Giroud doubled the lead when he slotted home from Hector Bellerin's cross in the 53rd minute before Waterfall glanced Kieran Gibbs' cross into his own net five minutes later.

Sanchez curled in the fourth in the 72nd minute and Ramsey made it five three minutes later.

Hoping to win the FA Cup a seventh time in his 21-year reign, Wenger could yet end one of his most difficult seasons with silverware.

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| Edited by: Pratik Sagar
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