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  • Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey plus an own goal from Luke Waterfall seal comprehensive win.
  • Gunners took the lead after Walcott's goal in injury time at the end of the first-half.

Full-time: Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City

It's a shooting gallery at the moment. Walcott takes one on his chest and fired another one on goal that veers just wide.

Raggett is booked after a fairly horrible challenge on Ozil just on the edge of the box. From the resulting free kick, Sanchez whips it over the bar but not under the cross bar as it crashed off the woodwork.

Sanchez is doing his very best to set up Lucas Perez at the moment. The Spaniard appears to take a dive after being crowded out inside the box but play continues with Sanchez's eventual effort blocked.

Cech is called into action to collect a powerful drive from Power. It was a sweet strike from the Irishman, but was never truly troubling Cech.

Nope. Marriot curls one over the wall but over the cross bar too.

Lincoln have a free kick from a decent position after a foul from Coquelin. Can they get a goal to take back to Lincoln with them?

Lincoln are done here. Aaron Ramsey walks the ball into the back of the net after rounding Farman from yards out. It came after some more exceptional work from Sanchez who got the ball into the Welshman in the first place.

Goal! Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City (Aaron Ramsey, 74)

Brilliant from Sanchez. The Chile international scampers past one challenge and then leaps over another mistimed one from Wood. He has acres of space in front of him having dodged those and has time and space to curl a wonderfully precise effort into the corner of the net.

Goal! Arsenal 4-0 Lincoln City (Alexis Sanchez, 72)

Arsenal are stroking it around beautifully now and Lincoln are looking a bit knackered now. Ozil has just had a free header inside the box, picked out superbly by Sanchez, but the German gets his header wrong and slams it over the bar.

Walcott hammers a wild effort from just outside the box clean over. That will prompt Arsenal's second change; Lucas Perez on for Giroud.

Olivier Giroud

This man has got his name on the score sheet and Arsenal look hungry for more.

Here's Arsenal's first change of the game with Francis Coquelin coming onto replace Xhaka, who was booked in the first half.

That's cruel on Luke Waterfall. He was terrific in the first half but he has just put the ball past his own goalkeeper. It came after Gibbs drove in from the left and fired the ball across goal; there is little the Lincoln defender could have done about that.

There problems are mounting however and goalkeeper Farman is also down at the minute.

Goal! Arsenal 3-0 Lincoln City (Luke Waterfall own goal, 57)

Bellerin almost makes it three! He brilliantly nutmegs Power on the edge of the box, opening up the space to curl one into the far corner but the Spaniard bends his shot wide. Should have done better.

It's a terrific second from Arsenal and this contest could be over now. Walcott can't find space to shoot in the box after being found by Ozil so instead he finds the overlapping run of Bellerin. He combines brilliantly with Sanchez with their one-two bewildering the Lincoln defence, before the Spaniard cuts the ball back across goal for Giroud who drives it into the far corner.

Goal! Arsenal 2-0 Lincoln City (Olivier Giroud, 52)

Ramsey misplaces a pass inside the box and the cries of anguish come down from those in attendance at the Emirates because their team hasn't scored five yet.

Arsenal almost have a second. Ozil slides a terrific ball through for Giroud who stands up Waterfall before lashing a low effort across goal. Farman gets down to brilliantly push it away, but only as far as Walcott who lofts a cross back in for Gibbs. I'm not really sure how he manages it, but the full-back's header is straight up in the air rather than into the empty net.

Arsenal are immediately on the front foot with Ozil threatening to guide one home from the edge of the box only for Power to block his effort. Ramsey launches in the corner but Lincoln can clear.

Lincoln's Woodyard gets the first yellow of the second half after cleaning out Gibbs with a late challenge. He can't really have any complaints there.

And Arsenal get us back underway for the second half.

Half-time: Arsenal 1-0 Lincoln City

Lincoln can't quite hang on and they look set to end the first half a goal behind. The non-league side can't clear a corner and it breaks to Walcott inside the box who shifts it onto Giroud. He feeds it back neatly to his teammate who keeps his cool and places it in the far corner - albeit via a deflection. Arsenal have been pretty rotten, but they are ahead.

Goal! Arsenal 1-0 Lincoln City (Theo Walcott, 45+2)

Ozil almost gets lucky with one! The German guides a tantalising cross in that Farman doesn't come out to claim and it almost bounces in to the far corner of the net. The Lincoln goalkeeper just about reacts in time to push it away.

Six minutes of time added on in this half; we have had plenty of stoppages.

Bellerin's cross is poorly cleared into the path of Ramsey just inside the box. He tries to curl one into the far corner - it's the only option he really has to be fair - but his effort sails over.

Appeals for a penalty - mostly from those in the stands - are ignored when Bellerin hammers a cross that hits Raggett somewhere in the mid-drift. Just a few minutes of this half left and Arsenal haven't turned up yet.

Koscielny joins Xhaka in the referee's book. I'm not really sure for what, Muldoon has run straight into the Frenchman. That's a really poor shout from Anthony Taylor.

Wood crashes through Sanchez down the right flank and looks on ruefully as his appeals for a free kick are turned away.

A half chance for Arsenal. Sanchez feeds a low cross into Walcott who has skipped inside of his marker to reach the ball first. He doesn't have a lot of time and fires one on target, but it is comfortable enough for Farman.

From the resulting corner, Arsenal are awarded a free kick although it is a Lincoln player who is left in a heap. Rhead looks to have taken another whack; a stray arm from Koscielny catching him this time.

Lincoln almost take the lead! It's a sublime run from Nathan Arnold, cutting in past Gibbs from the right and twisting inside Koscielny to boot. He steadies himself and tries to curl one into the far corner but Cech reacts brilliantly to push it away.

Mesut Ozil was deemed fit enough for the bench today after his recent bout of illness and we are going to see him a lot earlier than planned. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has picked up a problem and he won't be able to continue. The Germany international is onto replace him 27 minutes into this match.

After a bit of treatment, Rhead looks like he'll be able to continue.

An Arsenal attack breaks down to the sound of groans around the Emirates . Xhaka tries to slide in and retrieve the loose ball but he's mistimed it and crashes through Rhead. It's a booking for the Atrsenal midfielder and Rhead looks in real pain.

Half way through the first-half and Arsenal really haven't offered much at all. The best chance of the game has fallen their way, but there is no real buzz about their play at the moment.

That free kick is nutted away by Koscielny and Arsenal clear.

Lincoln have another chance to whip a free kick into the Arsenal box. Rhead is giving Mustafi a torrid time at the moment, he's just won another free kick off the German.

Arsenal denied by the post! That corner is knocked down by Mustafi to Walcott who is just inside the box. He lashes a vicious volley on target but Farman reacts brilliantly to push it onto the post.

Sanchez and Gibbs combine neatly down the left with the full-back racing on towards the byline, but Wood can force the ball out for a corner.

Nearly an early goal to settle the Arsenal nerves. Gibbs brilliantly switches play, finding Bellerin on the edge of the box. He slides an inviting ball across goal for Ramsey who is arriving right on the cue, but his attempt to guide one into the bottom corner is driven wide.

Rhead is picked out down the left and brings play inside with a cheeky backheel to find Power in midfield. They are just showboating now.

Lincoln have dominated possession in the opening five minutes; 62 percent in their favour so far.

Mustafi gets a whack in the face from Matt Rhead as the two challenge for a high ball. The German trots off for the team doctor to have a look at him but no action is taken against the Imps centre forward. It did look accidental.

Lincoln win a free kick out on the right wing inside the first minute that that gives them the opportunity to load the Arsenal box, but a deflection takes the sting out of it and Arsenal clear.

And Lincoln get us underway.

We are just about ready to get underway at the Emirates.

'Wexit' is now a thing. We all sat back and allowed this to happen. More revolts among supporters are in full swing ahead of kick-off.

Arsenal protest
Arsenal protest

We might have spoken to soon...

Confirmation from Arsenal that David Ospina has picked up a groin injury. He would have started today otherwise.

Arsene Wenger makes just two changes to the side that was dismantled by Bayern Munich. Kieran Gibbs comes in for Nacho Monreal at left-back with Petr Cech coming in for David Ospina.

Lucas Perez misses out again with Olivier Giroud leading the line with Alexis Sanchez out on the right. Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi are fit enough for the bench tonight having overcome illness but Danny Welbeck misses out having not recovered in time

They mean business tonight.

Arsene Wenger is taking no chances this afternoon. The Frenchman has named a very strong side with Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka starting together in midfield with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain taking up an advanced role through the middle.

Petr Cech starts in goal with David Ospina ruled out with a groin problem.

Arsenal team to face Lincoln: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Xhaka, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Giroud

Subs: Martinez, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Iwobi, Ozil, Lucas

BREAKING: Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil fit enough for the bench after recent illness. Olivier Giroud preferred up front to Lucas Perez.


Is the Lincoln dream going to continue today? It is going to need perhaps the biggest upset in English football history for it to happen.

Perez moved to north London during the summer transfer window in a €20m (£17m, $21.1m) deal after a sensational campaign at Deportivo La Coruna, scoring 17 goals and setting up a further 10 to help the Galicians avoid relegation.

This term however he has been restricted to only nine starting appearances with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and even Danny Welbeck ahead of him in Wenger's pecking order.

Another snub today could prove pivotal amid suggestions the Spaniard is not happy with the situation.

Lucas Perez's frustrations at Arsenal look like they will continue this afternoon. Latest claims suggest he will start on the bench again today.

Lincoln had already seen off Altrincham, Oldham Athletic, Ipswich Town and Brighton and Hove Albion in previous rounds before Cowley's side shocked Burnley via Sean Raggett's last-minute winner at Turf Moor to become the first non-league team for 103 years to make it beyond the fifth round.

Today they are up against the most successful side in FA Cup history and manager Danny Cowley has warned they are here to inflict more misery on the Gunners.

We're not just going for a day out, you go to the zoo for a day out. This is football and we're professional people. You have to believe you're going to win. We all know it's a one in a thousand chance but you have to believe it's going to be that one time.

So is there a bug in the Arsenal camp? Arsene Wenger's players have been dropping like flies this week with Iwobi, Ozil and Welbeck still feeling the effects this week. Here is what the manager had to say about it when speaking to the press on Thursday.

It is possible, yes. We have a little problem on that front. I don't know if it is a bug or not. they called me on the morning of the game and said Iwobi cannot play and Welbeck at 5pm in the afternoon felt sick. We still tried to play him but it could be a bug, I don't know.

Arsene Wenger
Wenger to decide his own fate at the end of the season. Getty

Wenger on Ozil:

"I haven't decided, he still felt not too well after game. I will see in training how he feels, I haven't decided about the team who will start on Saturday."

Wenger on Welbeck:

"I believe that we have two uncertainties [for Lincoln]. Welbeck, who had to come off after the warm-up against Bayern due to sickness, and Iwobi, who on the day of the game could not turn up because of the same problem. Everyone else is available."

Team news: Arsenal

Danny Welbeck was withdrawn from the starting XI just before kick-off on Tuesday against Bayern Munich due to illness. Alex Iwobi missed out that night due to the same problem, with Mesut Ozil another to have recently been struck down by a bug in the Arsenal camp. All three are doubts ahead of kick off.

Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck missed Arsenal's 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 due to illness Getty

Surely Arsenal's week isn't about to get even worse? On Tuesday night, the Gunners endured one of the most humiliating nights in the club's recent history as Bayern Munich beat them 5-1 for the second time in three weeks. It sealed a 10-2 aggregate exit with a revolt among Arsenal fans now louder than ever.

Judging the current mood among Arsenal fans, their team winning the FA Cup won't be enough to restore faith in the manager. But it is the only trophy left for them to fight for. Non-league Lincoln City stand in their way this afternoon. The Imps became the first non-league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years after beating Premier League opposition Burnley last month and were rewarded with a trip to The Emirates. A win today would create more history; the biggest cup upset in the history of the competition.

All the team news and build up you need is coming up.