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Arsenal secured a comfortable 2 – 0 win over non-league side, Sutton United on Monday night to earn a place in the Quarter-final.

Already drawn to meet another non-League side, Lincoln FC in the next round, the Gunners took maximum advantage and avoided any shock at the Gander Green Lane.

Manager, Arsene Wenger made seven changes from the side thrashed 5 – 1 at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Lucas Perez and Mohammed El-Neny returned to the starting lineup while David Ospina kept his place in goal.

Arsenal dominated from the blast of the whistle and Lucas Perez’s cross-shot gave the Gunners the lead after 26 minutes. Theo Walcott missed an opportunity to make it 2 – 0 four minutes later. His long-range shot went narrowly over the bar.

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi also missed a chance to double the lead four minutes to the end of the first half. His attempt went inches’ wide.

The hosts went close on the dot of 45 minutes. Adam May wasted a good chance that could have kept the non-league side in the game after David Ospina’s poor clearance.

England forward, Theo Walcott made it 2 – 0 ten minutes after the break and Roarie Deacon went close for the hosts again 10 minutes later but his long-range effort came off the cross bar. It was Walcott’s 100th goal in Arsenal Shirt.

It was a major relief for Arsenal and a respite for Arsene Wenger after a turbulent week in the wake of their Champions League defeat in Munich which has mounted speculation over his future and also leaves them on the brink of elimination in the last 16 once more.

The win was Arsenal’s first against a non-league side in the FA Cup since their 5 – 1 win against Farnborough in the 2002/03 season.

Arsenal hosts another fifth-tier club Lincoln City FC at the Emirates in the quarter-finals.

Author: Yemi Olarinre