Arsene Wenger can breathe a huge sigh of relief as Arsenal ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against Lincoln City at the Emirates.
Wenger has endured a tough week as Arsenal boss following the Gunners’ 10-2 humiliation in the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich.
As a result, a lot rested on this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Lincoln, with defeat possibly spelling the end for Wenger in north London.
However, luckily for the Frenchman, his side turned up and professionally dispatched their non-league opposition at home.
Arsenal had too much quality for Lincoln who looked to be going in at the break with their heads held high at 0-0 but Theo Walcott had other plans.
The England international’s deflected shot on 45 minutes beat goalkeeper Paul Farman and opened the floodgates for the Gunners in the second half.
The Premier League side turned it on after the restart and were 2-0 up on 53 minutes thanks to a tap-in from Olivier Giroud.
And Wenger’s men were soon out of sight at 3-0 just five minutes later as defender Luke Waterfall turned into his own net.
Alexis Sanchez then added a fourth on 72 minutes before Aaron Ramsey put it beyond any doubt with a fifth three minutes later.
The 5-0 result ends Lincoln’s impressive FA Cup run and sees Arsenal make it to Wembley for the semi-finals.