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Pienaar's Everton Dumped Out Of FA Cup

A brace from Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal secure an impressive 4-1 win over Everton  at the Emirates Stadium to advance to the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup.

Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal the lead with their first attack in the seventh minute with a neat finish from close range, after being teed up Santi Cazorla.

Yaya Sanogo nearly doubled the home side's lead just a minute later but the Frenchman's strike from the edge of the are was palmed away by Joel Robles.

Steven Pienaar could have leveled matters in the 10th minute but the South African's shot from close range was blocked off by Bacary Sagna.  

Romelu Lukaku equalised for Everton in the 32nd minute simple finish into an empty net, after Kevin Mirallas' scuffed effort fell into the striker's path.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly put Arsenal ahead just a minute later but the winger's powerful strike was comfortably saved by Robles, that also turned to be the last bit of goal-mouth action in the first half.

Ross Barkley squandered a great chance to give the visitors the lead in the 53rd, Lukaku pounced on Thomas Vermealen's mistake before teeing up Barkley, who fired over from close range.

Robles was called into action in the 56th minute to deny Cazorla's curling effort from the edge of the area.

Mikel Arteta gave the Gunners the lead in the 68th minute from the penalty spot after Gareth Barry brought down Oxlade-Chamberlain in the area.

Barkley tried his luck from distance in the 74th minute but the Toffees midfielder curled his effort wide of the left-hand post.

Olivier Giroud sealed the win for Arsenal in the 82nd minute with a cool finish from close range, after being picked out by Sagna.

Two minutes later and Giroud added a fourth, the Frenchman slotted home into an empty net after some good work by Tomas Rosicky and Mesut Ozil. 

 

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