Some nights are better than others #Arsenal #FACup

Manchester United 1 – 2 Arsenal

It was a good night for Arsene Wenger and his blue-clad traveling Gunners. A solid win away at Old Trafford, the first time in the last 11 visits he’s been able to win there. It was a huge night.

Returning from injury, Nacho Monreal came straight into the starting XI. And what a decision that turned out to be. Not only did he defend excellently throughout the game, he finished beautifully with his left foot to give Arsenal the lead — this after spectacular footwork by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Cool. Calm. Collected. Composed.

A leap for joy! And nlow to make sure he leaps that high on defense.

It was a solid defensive performance, mostly by Arsenal and, in particular, Per Mertesacker. Except of course for the Wayne Rooney header. A great cross fizzed in by Angel di Maria, and met by Rooney’s deadly forehead. He was given acres of space between Per and Laurent Kosielney. 1-1 at halftime in a cracking FA Cup tie.

Then came the moment Danny Welbeck cane back to haunt his former employers. A weak backpass left an otherwise brilliant David de Gea stranded. And it was left for Welbeck to do the rest. 2-1 to the Arsenal.

Welbeck got to the poor pass before De Gea, pushed it past the onrushing ‘keeper and slotted what turned out to be the winning goal.

And, yes, of course he celebrated.

A solid win and, with it, a new record: Arsenal have now qualified for more FA Cup semi-finals than any other team. That’s 28 times the Gunners have made the final four of the world’s oldest cup football competition.

All pictures via Arsenal’s official Twitter account. Now read the club’s match report, Wenger’s take on the win and what match-winner Welbeck’s thoughts. There’s also a full gallery if you want to relive it in glorious picture detail.

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