FA Cup - Easy third round win for Arsenal against Spurs

FA Cup, Emirates Stadium - Arsenal 2 (Cazorla 32’ Rosicky 62’) Tottenham Hotspur 0

Arsenal progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotpsur at the Emirates.

The North London derby was settled in the first half when Santi Cazorla got on the end of a through-ball from Serge Gnabry and struck the ball firmly past Hugo Lloris.

Arsenal dominated throughout, coming close with shots from Theo Walcott and Gnabry almost breaking the deadlock. Christian Eriksen had Spurs’ best chance, blasting the ball from close range at Lukasz Fabianksi’ legs.

In the second half, Tomas Rosicky doubled Arsenal’s lead when he robbed the ball from Danny Rose on the halfway line, and then scooped the ball over Hugo Lloris. Walcott also went close after an error from Vlad Chiriches.

Towards the end, Walcott was stretchered off with what looked like a fairly serious injury, although his cheeky 2-0 gesture to the Spurs fans showed he was in good spirits, much like the Arsenal fans.

[Wenger leaps to 'non-offensive' Walcott's defence]

KEY EVENTS

9’ - ERIKSEN CHANCE - Intercepting a terrible Laurent Koscielny clearance, Eriksen drives towards goal and his shot is blocked by Fabianksi.

12’ - WALCOTT SHOT - Heading right, away from goal, Walcott’s early shot is palmed behind by Lloris.

20’ - CAZORLA CHANCE - Cazorla plays a one-two with Tomas Rosicky on the edge of the box, but fires his shot just wide.

25’ - WALCOTT SHOT - Having been put through on goal, Walcott shoots against Lloris’ legs.

31’ - CAZORLA GOAL - Gnabry almost overruns the ball but slips a pass for Cazorla, who drives a shot across Lloris to open the scoring.

45' - SOLADO CHANCE - Roberto Soldado receives a pass from Kyle Walker from the right wing, but drags his shot wide.

62’ - ROSICKY GOAL - Danny Rose waits too long to release the ball, Rosicky steals the ball from him, advances towards goal, and scoops the ball over Lloris.

77’ - WALCOTT CHANCE - After a defensive mistake from Vlad Chiriches, Walcott sends another shot wide of goal.

KEY STATS

Spurs have scored at least three goals in their last five FA Cup Third Round matches but failed to score today.

They have not won away at a Premier League team in the Cup since beating Reading in 2008.

Arsenal have not lost in the third round for 19 years.

MATCHCAST: PLAYER RATINGS AND FULL STATS

TALKING POINT

Can Tim Sherwood do more than just inspire his side? There’s no doubt that against both Manchester United and Arsenal, Spurs looked more energised than they had under Andre Villas Boas, but his tacticaly naivety was exposed by Arsenal and could cost him again in future.

[7 FA Cup truths – Lambert, ‘Baby-faced tactician’, Walcott]

MAN OF THE MATCH

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal): He opened the scoring, but also created chances from the start of the game. There were other impressive players, such as Wilshere and Rosicky, but Cazorla was the best of the three.

PLAYER RATINGS:

Arsenal: Fabianski 6, Sagna 6, Vermaelen 6, Koscielny 6, Monreal 6, Rosicky 7, Arteta 6, Wilshere 7, Walcott 7, Cazorla 8, Gnabry 7. Subs: Mertesacker 7, Flamini 6, Ozil 6.

Spurs: Lloris 6, Walker 6, Chiriches 6, Dawson 6, Rose 6, Lennon 6, Dembele 6, Eriksen 6, Bentaleb 5, Soldado 5, Adebayor 6. Subs: Chadli 5.

THE MATCH IN A TWEET