The Imps, who beat the Gunners` league rivals Burnley to reach the
Quarter-Finals to become the first side outside of the Football League to reach
this far in the modern history of the competition, gave a great account of
themselves throughout, but especially in the opening 45 minutes.
The Imps` keeper Paul Farman knew he`d be in for a busy evening and he did
well to save from Theo Walcott in the 14th minute.
And on the half-hour mark, Lincoln had an opportunity to
take a shock lead when big Matt Rhead played in Nathan Arnold, who advanced
into the area, cut inside Laurent Koscielny and forced Petr Cech to turn the
ball behind for a corner.
The away team's resistance was finally broken in injury-time
at the end of the first half when Kieran Gibbs teed up Walcott just inside the
box and the forward's deflected shot beat Farman.
As expected, Arsenal dominated the second half and made
it 2-0 in the 53rd minute when Hector Bellerin played a neat one-two with Alexis
Sanchez before cutting the ball back for Olivier Giroud, who stroked the ball
home past Farman.
Lincoln skipper Luke Waterfall inadvertently guided a
Gibbs pass into the back of his own net just before the hour-mark to make it
Sanchez then curled home a lovely fourth in the 72nd
minute after skipping past Alex Woodyard, and the former Barcelona star had a
hand in the Gunners making it a nap hand in the 75th minute, when
his trickery found Aaron Ramsey at the far post.
So the wonderful run is over for Danny Cowley and his
side, who now have the opportunity to do the `double` of National League and
Buildbase FA Trophy.
Lincoln now have to lift themselves to play York City in
the Trophy Semi-Final first leg at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday.