Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal's late last-minute winner to secure FA Cup Round 4


Arsenal go through to FA Cup 4th Round

Premier League top tier giant club Arsenal enjoyed a FA Cup 3rd Round victory after Olivier Giroud scored a late last-minute winner. Preston’s Callum Robinson opened the scoring at 7 minutes. Aaron Ramsey scored the Gunners’ equalizer at 46 minutes on Saturday January 7th.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was angry at the interval.

“We are in the Premier League and we were being dominated,” said Wenger. “I didn’t want to go home and be out of the FA Cup tonight.”

Match Report

Preston North End 1 - 2 Arsenal

FA Cup

Preston North End goal: Callum Robinson 7 

Arsenal goals: Aaron Ramsey 46, Olivier Giroud 89


Preston North End

Maxwell; Vermijl, Clarke, Huntington, Cunningham; Gallagher, Pearson, Johnson, McGeady; Hugill, Robinson. Subs: Lindegaard, Spurr, Browne, Pringle, Horgan, Doyle, Makienok.


Ospina; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka; Lucas, Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Giroud. Subs: Martinez, Jenkinson, Holding, Reine-Adelaide, Dasilva, Willock, Welbeck.

Referee Robert Madley

Arsenal came from behind to win their FA Cup tie at foggy Deepdale with Olivier Giroud’s late winner against Preston who gave the Gunners a run for the victory and a spot in the 4th Round. Arsenal manager Wenger has never made a third round exit, but the most successful manager currently competing in the Cup came close to going out of the competition.

“I would like to congratulate Preston for the way they played, they caused us many problems and we had to dig deep,” said Wenger. “The only positive at half time was that we were only one goal down. I would also like to thank Olivier Giroud for another late comeback. He kept his focus when he wasn’t in the team, he showed me his qualities and that’s why I made him captain.”

Preston manager, Simon Grayson, gave Everton loanee Aiden McGeady a huge pre-match buildup, praising his quick feet and license to run at opponents with the ball. At seven minutes McGeady cut inside to beat one defender then Aaron Ramsey. McGeady moved the ball inside Nacho Monreal for Callum Robinson to open the scoring.

Arsenal were playing in the form that saw them go three goals down to Bournemouth, and Preston really could have gone two up after creating a great opportunity in front of goal. Robinson set up Hugill for what ought to have been a simple tap-in with the Arsenal defense at odds and David Ospina exposed. Robinson did put his ball across the six-yard line in exactly the right place with too much pace on the pass and his partner was unable to reach it. Preston had all the time and space they needed to double their lead, but lacked composure at that crucial moment.

Arsenal got back into the match in the second half after a talk from Arsene Wenger who reminded his side that they are a top tier club and should not go out of the FA Cup in the third round. Arsenal equalized right at the start of the second half after less than a minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent over a cross from the left, leaving Ramsey clear for his first goal of the season. After their half-time lecture and pep talk, Arsenal were a different team in the second half as the Gunners were moving the ball around with their usual pace and precision. Gabriel was booked for an ugly foul on Hugill. Giroud swept in a cross from an offside position as the Gunners stepped up their attempts to find a winner in the final 15 minutes. The winner finally arrived with only a minute of normal time to spare through Giroud who clipped a shot inside Maxwell’s post from close range via a slight deflection after Lucas Pérez had set up the opportunity with a neat back-heel to keep the ball in play. Danny Welbeck made his first appearance in eight months as Arsenal sought to score to avoid a replay.

After the match Preston manager Grayson said his side has been sandbagged in the last minute in their last two home games.

“We made Arsenal look very ordinary in the first half, but at the top level you have to take your chances,” Grayson said. We didn’t get the second goal when we were on top.”

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FA Cup Cardiff City 1-2 Fulham Cardiff City Stadium - Cardiff, United Kingdom
FA Cup Norwich City 2-2 Southampton Carrow Road - Norwich, United Kingdom
FA Cup Preston North End 1-2 Arsenal Deepdale - Preston, United Kingdom
FA Cup Liverpool 0-0 Plymouth Argyle Anfield Road - Liverpool, United Kingdom
FA Cup Chelsea 4-1 Peterborough United Stamford Bridge - London, United Kingdom
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Aaron Ramsey opens scoring for Arsenal in FA Cup 3rd Round


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