Wednesday January 16, 2013 3rd Round Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 1 - 0 Swansea City

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  1. FA Cup - Wilshere strikes late as Arsenal see off Swansea

    FA Cup - Wilshere strikes late as Arsenal see off Swansea

    Jack Wilshere scored four minutes from time as Arsenal reached the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Swansea. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Swansea City
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! Arsenal have gone through and they will now travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round.
    • 90+2' Cazorla looks to put some gloss on the scoreline but he completely shanks his shot in the area.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 90' Giroud’s header is into the path of Walcott behind the Swans defence but he has drifted offside.
    • 89' Wilshere's goal came from Arsenal's 26th attempt on goal in the game.
    • 88' Will that strike be enough to maintain Arsene Wenger’s proud record of never losing in the FA Cup third round?
    • 87' GOAL ARSENAL!! Finally the deadlock is broken as Jack Wilshere finds the net. Giroud tees up the England midfielder whose drive from 20 yards is past the diving Vorm in a flash.
    • 86' Arsenal win another corner and after Tiendalli blocks Mertesacker’s goalbound effort almost off his own line, the Dutch full-back blocks Giroud’s well struck follow-up.
    • 85' Again Walcott is denied as his drive from the right side of the penalty area is blocked by Vorm’s legs.
    • 84' Aaron Ramsey comes on for Diaby.
    • 83' Walcott is completely unmarked in the penalty area but makes barely any contact on Sagna’s cross with his head and the ball comes back off the far post. He must score there.
    • 82' Chico meets the corner with a header at the near post but it is into the side netting.
    • 81' Szczesny is forced to dive full length to his left to push Ki’s 25-yard skidder around the post.
    • 80' Another golden chance for Arsenal as a ball is dinked through to Giroud but his effort from 12 yards is straight at Vorm.
    • 79' But Wilshere’s delivery fails to beat the first man and it is headed clear at the near post.
    • 78' Coquelin wins a corner with a purposeful run.
    • 77' Wilshere gets hardly any purchase on his intended back heel to Giroud. More groans from the crowd.
    • 76' Graham and Britton have cleared off the line tonight and Swansea have made more clearances off the line than any other team in the Premier League this season with 8.
    • 75' Wilshere tries his luck from the edge of the area but Vorm pushes the effort to safety.
    • 74' The stats man say Wilshere has completed 45 of 47 passes including four in key areas.
    • 73' Sagna gets forward but his shot with his weaker left foot is high, wide and not very handsome from 20 yards.
    • 72' Michu has struck three times in his last two games against Arsenal.
    • 71' Here comes that man Michu who replaces Graham.
    • 70' Walcott down the left channel and cuts inside Chico but his curling shot from 14 yards is well past the far post. Should have hit the target.
    • 69' Giroud goes down under a challenge from Chico 20 yards from goal but the referee thinks he has exaggerated the fall and no free-kick.
    • 68' Better from Giroud as he spins Chico on the edge of the penalty area and gets a shot off but straight at Vorm.
    • 67' Walcott tries to dig out a cross on the right touchline but plucked out of the air by Vorm.
    • 66' Walcott feeds Giroud but he dallies on the edge of the penalty area and is tackled.
    • 65' Arsenal’s best spell of sustained pressure. They lead the attempts on goal count 13-4.
    • 64' And from the resulting corner, Britton nods Vermaelen’s header off the line.
    • 63' Cazorla digs out a cross but headed away by Chico. Arsenal keep the ball in the mixer and Wilshere's shot is palmed in the air by Vorm and falls to Walcott whose effort from three yards is blocked on the line by the chest of Graham. Frantic appeals for a penalty but Clattenburg correctly waves them away.
    • 62' Wilshere is allowed to run a long way but his shot, under pressure from Chico, squirms away for a corner.
    • 61' Another change as Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng comes on for De Guzman.
    • 60' Club record signing Hernandez replaces Kemy Agustien.
    • 59' Giroud meets Wilshere’s delivery but his glancing header is past the far post. He should hit the target.
    • 58' Chico turns behind. A good spell from the Gunners as they force their seventh corner.
    • 57' Per Mertesacker’s deep cross is volleyed back towards goal by Vermaelen. Good technique but not quite Van Basten and Vorm is not tested.
    • 56' Graham back in his own penalty area to head clear.
    • 55' Giroud turns a ball across the face of the goal but Leon Britton gets back to put behind for a corner.
    • 54' Swansea play it short again but this time Wilshere is alert to it and nips in to intercept.
    • 53' Routledge forces a corner off Sagna.
    • 52' Pablo Hernandez is warming up for Swansea.
    • 51' Graham with space down the left flank but his cross intended for de Guzman is far too heavy.
    • 50' Giroud with some space down the left flank but a speculative first-time effort is well wide of goal.
    • 49' Wilshere feeds Cazorla whose rasping 20-yard effort is just over the crossbar.
    • 48' Diaby finds Walcott who holds off Chico and dinks his effort over Vorm…..only to watch it trickle past the far post. So close to breaking the deadlock.
    • 47' 58,359 is the number of tickets sold for tonight’s game – the actual attendance is much lower but Arsenal do not announce those figures.
    • 46' Here we go for the second-half. No changes from either side.
    • 45+2' HALF-TIME! The home skipper spurns the hosts’ best chance in the dying seconds of the half and we are goalless at the interval.
    • 45+1' Giroud forces a late corner and the ball falls to Vermaelen whose scuffed effort from eight yards is saved by the legs of Vorm.
    • 45' One added minute to be played.
    • 44' A header across goal but Chico Flores is there to nod the danger away.
    • 43' And in tonight’s other Cup replay, Wayne Rooney has scored for Manchester United against West Ham. Manchester United v West Ham United: Live
    • 42' Cazorla is unable to pick out a team-mate in the area as he looks to thread the perfect pass through. Some groans from the crowd after he opted not to shoot.
    • 41' Across London, Demba Ba has scored for Chelsea against Southampton. Chelsea v Southampton: Live
    • 40' Again Swansea clear the corner.
    • 39' Richards is forced to concede a corner as Giroud looks to latch onto a cross in the penalty area.
    • 38' A mazy run from Wilshere is curtailed in the penalty area but the ball falls to Walcott whose shot is repelled.
    • 37' You have to say it has been a pretty low-key half to date.
    • 36' Coquelin looks to break into the box but the ball runs harmlessly behind for a corner.
    • 35' Bartley looked like he was having shirt tugged by Vermaelen in the penalty area but they are rarely given.
    • 34' Corner for Swansea and played short before Graham swings over a cross that is just a little too deep for Bartley.
    • 33' De Guzman back on the field but back on the floor after being fouled by Giroud in his own half.
    • 32' Wilshere’s delivery finds Vermaelen at the back post but smuggled clear by Bartley.
    • 31' Bacary Sagna forces Routledge to concede a corner.
    • 30' Half an hour gone and no goals to cheer the crowd on a cold night.
    • 29' Giroud and Wilshere combine in the penalty area but the midfielder has drifted half a yard offside.
    • 28' Diaby catches Jonathan de Guzman with a flailing arm and the Dutch midfielder needs treatment.
    • 27' Bartley captained Arsenal reserves and was also part of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2009. He only made one first-team appearance in a dead Champions League tie against Olympiacos and was unlucky not to break the deadlock. He was at full stretch and just couldn’t keep his header down.
    • 26' Routledge’s cross from the left finds Bartley, who is still up from the original free-kick, and his header comes back off the crossbar.
    • 25' Dyer breaks down the right flank but lacks support and with only Routledge in the vicinity, his cross is comfortably cut out.
    • 24' The shot was close to the Dutch custodian but well struck and came through a cluster of bodies so a decent save.
    • 23' The corner is cleared by Chico under pressure but falls to Coquelin on the edge of the penalty area whose well struck drive is held by Michel Vorm.
    • 22' A generous free-kick and Vermaelen’s effort flicks the wall and goes over the crossbar.
    • 21' Walcott falls over in the penalty box after minimal contact from Chico – and Clattenburg awards a free-kick outside the area where the initial, limited contact, was made.
    • 20' Graham has scored four goals in his last five FA Cup appearances, including the late equaliser against Arsenal in the last game.
    • 19' Arsenal gift the ball to Graham in their own half but he scuffs his 25-yard effort well wide.
    • 18' Nothing arises from the corner – a little better entertainment at least.
    • 17' Diaby’s shot is superbly blocked by Bartley but Arsenal have the first corner of the match.
    • 16' And on cue Dwight Tiendalli bursts down the left and finds Dyer in the penalty area but a crucial challenge from Thomas Vermaelen prevents the Swansea man testing Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 15' Wayne Routledge caught offside this time. Bar that speculative Graham effort early on, Swansea have offered nothing going forward.
    • 14' Fans getting a little restless with Giroud who has been wasteful in the opening 15 minutes.
    • 13' Swansea are loose in possession in their own half but an equally loose pass from Giroud intended for Walcott in the box.
    • 12' Remember the Welsh club have won two and drawn one of their last three games against Arsenal – winning 2-0 and 3-2 in the Premier League before drawing the original tie 2-2.
    • 11' Cazorla and Walcott look to combine on the edge of the penalty area but the move breaks down. Swansea sitting deep and looking to hit the hosts on the counter.
    • 10' A few empty seats at the Emirates. Those seats are not the cheapest.
    • 9' To update you, Ashley Williams is missing as his wife is about to give birth. Bartley replaces the captain in the heart of the Swans defence and he came through the ranks at Arsenal.
    • 8' Giroud again with space in the penalty area but he fails to test the keeper from 12 yards.
    • 7' Walcott’s cross from the right is met by Giroud but the striker is unable to steer his header on target.
    • 6' Nathan Dyer in acres of space behind the home defence but that is because he is offside.
    • 5' The ball falls to Giroud in the penalty area but his back heel intended for Cazorla is cut out.
    • 4' It is Diaby partnering Coquelin in the engine room with Wilshere slightly advanced of that pair and Cazorla on the flank.
    • 3' Graham has an early sight of goal but his long-range effort is way off target.
    • 2' Loose pass out of defence from Kyle Bartley is seized upon by Walcott but Ashley Richards makes a crucial interception to deny Wilshere in the penalty area.
    • 1' And the match begins.
    • 19:28 Here come the teams....
    • 19:25 Tonight’s referee on a bitterly cold night in North London is Mark Clattenburg.
    • 19:20 Stay tuned to the end tonight, five of the six goals scored between Arsenal and Swansea this season have came in the final 10 minutes of matches.
    • 19:15 Arsenal have not failed to make the Fourth Round of the FA Cup since 1996. Sheffield United eliminated the Gunners with a 1-0 replay win at Bramall Lane.
    • 19:10 "I like London, we have only lost to Tottenham there. We have done really well there and it's also more than two months where we have only lost two games, and apart from those two the last defeat was to Manchester City, the Premier League champions, away. This gives us a lot of confidence which is important because when you make changes and people come in, they fit in and feel that confidence,” added the Dane.
    • 19:05 Having triumphed 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, Laudrup is confident. "In 11 away games we have only conceded nine goals which is quite good for a manager who always played up front," he said.
    • 19:00 A hectic January schedule for Michael Laudrup so top scorer Michu is on the bench as Danny Graham leads the line. Regular defenders Ashley Williams and Angel Rangel are also missing.
    • 18:55 Arsenal are without suspended defender Laurent Koscielny and injured midfielders Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta (calf). Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast while Lukas Podolski is only on the bench. Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud start. If Arsene Wenger sticks with his usual 4-3-3 formation it looks like Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott flanking the former Montpellier hitman.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Wilshere, Diaby, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Santos, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Podolski /// Swansea: Vorm, Richards, Chico, Bartley, Tiendalli, Britton, Agustien, de Guzman, Routledge, Dyer, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Davies, Ki, Shechter, Hernandez, Michu.
    • 18:45 Arsenal take on Swansea in the FA Cup third round replay at the Emirates Stadium. A trip to Brighton in the last 32 awaits for the winners.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL ARSENAL!! Finally the deadlock is broken as Jack Wilshere finds the net. Giroud tees up the England midfielder whose drive from 20 yards is past the diving Vorm in a flash.
    • 86' Arsenal win another corner and after Tiendalli blocks Mertesacker’s goalbound effort almost off his own line, the Dutch full-back blocks Giroud’s well struck follow-up.
    • 85' Again Walcott is denied as his drive from the right side of the penalty area is blocked by Vorm’s legs.
    • 83' Walcott is completely unmarked in the penalty area but makes barely any contact on Sagna’s cross with his head and the ball comes back off the far post. He must score there.
    • 81' Szczesny is forced to dive full length to his left to push Ki’s 25-yard skidder around the post.
    • 80' Another golden chance for Arsenal as a ball is dinked through to Giroud but his effort from 12 yards is straight at Vorm.
    • 75' Wilshere tries his luck from the edge of the area but Vorm pushes the effort to safety.
    • 70' Walcott down the left channel and cuts inside Chico but his curling shot from 14 yards is well past the far post. Should have hit the target.
    • 64' And from the resulting corner, Britton nods Vermaelen’s header off the line.
    • 63' Cazorla digs out a cross but headed away by Chico. Arsenal keep the ball in the mixer and Wilshere's shot is palmed in the air by Vorm and falls to Walcott whose effort from three yards is blocked on the line by the chest of Graham. Frantic appeals for a penalty but Clattenburg correctly waves them away.
    • 59' Giroud meets Wilshere’s delivery but his glancing header is past the far post. He should hit the target.
    • 48' Diaby finds Walcott who holds off Chico and dinks his effort over Vorm…..only to watch it trickle past the far post. So close to breaking the deadlock.
    • 45+1' Giroud forces a late corner and the ball falls to Vermaelen whose scuffed effort from eight yards is saved by the legs of Vorm.
    • 38' A mazy run from Wilshere is curtailed in the penalty area but the ball falls to Walcott whose shot is repelled.
    • 26' Routledge’s cross from the left finds Bartley, who is still up from the original free-kick, and his header comes back off the crossbar.
    • 23' The corner is cleared by Chico under pressure but falls to Coquelin on the edge of the penalty area whose well struck drive is held by Michel Vorm.
    • 17' Diaby’s shot is superbly blocked by Bartley but Arsenal have the first corner of the match.
    • 16' And on cue Dwight Tiendalli bursts down the left and finds Dyer in the penalty area but a crucial challenge from Thomas Vermaelen prevents the Swansea man testing Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 8' Giroud again with space in the penalty area but he fails to test the keeper from 12 yards.
    • 7' Walcott’s cross from the right is met by Giroud but the striker is unable to steer his header on target.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Wilshere, Diaby, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Santos, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Podolski /// Swansea: Vorm, Richards, Chico, Bartley, Tiendalli, Britton, Agustien, de Guzman, Routledge, Dyer, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Davies, Ki, Shechter, Hernandez, Michu.

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