In a game jam-packed with dodgy defending, dives, a few yellows, one red and a few goals besides, Arsenal progressed to a Wembley showdown with either Bradford City or Reading.
But rather than look forward to what will most likely be a drab Wembley affair, we are still reveling in the antics of last night’s Old Trafford encounter.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the Gunners’ – and most notably Danny Welbeck’s – victory over Manchester United.
Ahead of kick-off much of the talk surrounded Welbz and whether the misfiring forward would have an impact at his old stomping ground.
Some predicted a rather upsetting Old Trafford reunion between the 24-year-old and the many Red Devils fans who had made the long trip up from London.
Man Utd fans if Danny Welbeck scores against them tonight.
— Football Vines (@Vine_Football) March 9, 2015
Others even saw a dismissal coming…
4 – There have been red cards in four of the last seven FA Cup meetings between Arsenal and Man Utd. Pointer. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 9, 2015
United, meanwhile, seemed keen to promote a rather unusual figure as their part-Lenin, part-Gerard Butler in 300 leader.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 9, 2015
Once the game kicked off, Arsenal drew first-blood, though the goal came from a rather unusual source.
Mind you, most people were too busy realising that the Spaniard bears more than a passing resemblance to a beanpole Premier League legend.
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 9, 2015
Even Piers Morgan, the worst Arsenal fan in the entire world, was happy for one fleeting moment.
But obviously, because this is Arsenal, it was never likely to last with Wayne Rooney scoring an equaliser for the hosts moments later.
Ladbrokes summed it up best.
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) March 9, 2015
Morgan’s mood quickly shifted with Laurent Koscielny the man to blame.
But Piers was not the only one to lay into the Frenchman.
Poor defending from Koscielny! Di Maria fantastic cross & United’s best striker does what he normally does.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 9, 2015
The first-half petered out into a series of misplaced passes and free-kicks. Still, the second half would see things improve surely?
The second period saw Welbeck capitalise on a terrible back pass from Antonio Valencia to give the Gunners the lead again.
Welbz was subsequently booed by the Old Trafford faithful but don’t worry, because he had one rather hairy business magnate backing him up online.
Not fair Man U fans booing Welbeck he didn’t want to leave — Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) March 9, 2015
And then the mocking started…
And pretty much kept going for the rest of the game…
Louis Van Gaal (Nov 2014): “Danny Welbeck is only good enough to be a Manchester United substitute.” pic.twitter.com/UwL8tis7E4
— Supree (@LadyGooner8) March 9, 2015
Fortunately help was at hand for Manchester United in the form of record-signing Angel Di Maria. Surely he would be able to turn the tide in the Red Devils’ favour? Oh boy…
It turns out the referee Michael Oliver does not like people touching him, especially not Argentine wingers who he has only just booked for diving.
— JJ Garcia (@the_jjgarcia) March 9, 2015
In fact, His reaction drew comparisons with one social media legend.
It didn’t matter though, because United still had Adnan Januzaj and he is great.
The Belgium international seemed to channel the recently departed Di Maria, going on a trademark surging run that ended with a trademark crap dive and booking.
Januzaj dive and yellow .CHEATS https://t.co/RryPFbJ0PC
— Arsenal Future (@madimaadi) March 9, 2015
United pressed but in the end the game belonged to one man and one man alone.
Not that Andy Tate was bothered.
Vine: Andy Tate when asked about Danny Welbeck https://t.co/pdx0x01Ym4
— Man Utd Videos (@ManUtdVines) March 10, 2015
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