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Arsenal’s route to the 2017 FA Cup final

A look at how the Gunners plotted a familiar path to Wembley.

Arsenal’s route to the 2017 FA Cup final

Arsenal will be looking for a record 13th FA Cup win, and third in the last four years, when they take on Chelsea on Saturday.

Here, we look at how the Gunners plotted a familiar path to Wembley.

Third round – Preston 1 Arsenal 2

Olivier Giroud scores a late winner for Arsenal
Olivier Giroud scores a late winner for Arsenal (Dave Howarth/PA)

Arsene Wenger’s proud record of never having lost in the third round continued at Deepdale but not before a scare after Callum Robinson’s early effort had put the Lilywhites ahead at the break. Aaron Ramsey equalised moments after the restart and a replay was on the cards until the 89th minute when Olivier Giroud popped up with a deflected winner.

Fourth round – Southampton 0 Arsenal 5

Theo Walcott netted a hat-trick against his former club
Theo Walcott netted a hat-trick against his former club (Nick Potts/PA)

England international Theo Walcott had a day to remember against his former club, grabbing a hat-trick at St Mary’s. Saints had already booked their place in the EFL Cup final but were unable to build another cup run as Danny Welbeck scored twice inside 22 minutes, his first goals since returning from a lengthy knee injury. From then on it was over to Walcott, who netted in the 35th, 69th and 84th minutes to complete the rout.

Fifth round – Sutton 0 Arsenal 2

Lucas Perez opened the scoring for Arsenal
Lucas Perez opened the scoring for Arsenal (Daniel Hambury/Empics)

Fresh off the back of a 5-1 Champions League thrashing at Bayern Munich, pressure was mounting on Wenger and a giant-killing by non-league Sutton would have ramped things up to fever pitch. But the Frenchman sent out a strong side at Gander Green Lane and picked up a comfortable, if not quite comprehensive, victory. Lucas Perez and Walcott, this time wearing the captain’s armband, grabbed the goals.

Quarter-final – Arsenal 5 Lincoln 0

Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring Arsenal's fifth goal
Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring Arsenal’s fifth goal (John Walton/Empics)

Another banana skin match-up against the eventual National League champions, who made history under Danny and Nicky Cowley by reaching the last eight of the competition. The fairytale lasted until the 45th minute, when Walcott made the breakthrough, and the second half saw the Gunners load up as Giroud, Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez added to a Luke Waterfall own goal.

Semi-final – Arsenal 1 Man City 1 (Arsenal win 2-1 after extra time)

After being cast as the Goliath in two successive rounds, Arsenal were up against heavyweight opposition at Wembley. For the second time in a week they fielded a new-look back three and came from behind to seal the win. Sergio Aguero put Pep Guardiola’s men ahead with less than half an hour left but Nacho Monreal pounced to leave the sides tied in normal time. City finished the 90 minutes in the ascendancy but Sanchez, linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium, found the net after a goalmouth scramble to guarantee another final for the Gunners.

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