Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool: The Guff


Arsenal went through to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Liverpool yesterday. He’s some of the reaction from the press, blogs and beyond.

I WON’T LIE, my heart tends to sink every time Wenger rotates ahead of a big game. Why? Because to me there is no better preparation for a big game than winning the one previously. And yet, this was an utter triumph: victory against a Liverpool side in flying form, achieved with seven changes from Wednesday night. – Goodplaya.

Arsenal got the job done. It was a performance that was characterised by grit and defiance, and it was epitomised by the stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who made a string of vital saves. At full-time, Fabianski ran from his goal to slide on his knees in front of one of the main stands. – David Hytner, Guardian.

Arsenal were once more slow to start and that is a weakness for which the manager has to find a quick solution. Good sides will seek to exploit that failing, better forwards than Sturridge will finish one of the two chances fashioned before the sleep had been dusted from the home midfield and defence. – A Cultured Left Foot.

Yaya Sanogo? Why is he playing in a big game like this? What about Olivier Giroud? Even Nicklas Bendtner was thought a better option than a raw 21-year-old yet to start a game since joining last summer. Pleasingly for the striker, Sanogo did not let anyone down after battling gamely against two accomplished centre-halves to play his part in a morale-boosting win. – Alan Smith, Telegraph.

There was surprise beforehand when it emerged that the Arsenal manager was to leave out Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud in addition to Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere and the injured Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. It made for a risky line-up, but Wenger was entitled to feel that his more surprising picks, from Lukasz Fabianski in goal to Yaya Sanogo up front, justified his faith. – Oliver Kay, The Times.

Fabianski rebuffed any doubts emphatically, producing an outstanding display to keep the dangerous duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at bay. In truth, we shouldn’t be surprised to see Fabianski produce such a polished display. Although he retains a reputation for erratic decision-making and high-profile gaffes, the reality is that Fabianski has been in quietly impressive form for more than 12 months. – James McNicholas, ESPN.

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