Arsenal thrash Lincoln, fans want Wenger out


Arsenal have the ideal chance to put their painful Champions League exit behind them as they prepare for FA Cup quarter-final at home to non-league Lincoln City.

The Gunners overcame a poor first half to register a 5-0 victory over Lincoln City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Fresh from a 10-2 aggregate thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Arsenal didn't find the net until first-half injury time.

So, there is plenty at stake for the Gunners as they host the fairytale team of the FA Cup this year, with Arsene Wenger needing a win as badly as a living being needs oxygen (Ok, that's an exaggeration, but you know where this is going).

They are the first non-league club to reach this stage of the competition since 1914, although they are at the very top of the non-league pyramid, sitting top of the National League and on course to return to the Football League after a six-year absence.

"They possessed the ball so well and you can't help but be negative".

"I think we had an outstanding performance as long as we were 11 against 11". "That's a process we have started and ideally you want people with the Arsenal spirit".

Ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final with Lincoln, Wenger said: "I consider everything". I wanted to give them a chance to get their confidence back, that's why I retained 90 per cent of players from the starting line-up.

Arsenal eased past Lincoln City at the Emirates with a few gears to spare on Saturday afternoon.

"I think I've shown since I'm here that first of all I love this club, that I'm loyal to this club and that I make the right decisions for this club". But these cup games bring opportunities for bigger clubs because they would probably be prioritised less by the manager than a Champions League knockout game.

Wenger, who has yet to reveal if he will remain in charge next season, has been subjected to vitriolic abuse from Arsenal fans calling for his resignation and the visit of non-league Lincoln hardly promises to be a port in the storm for the beleaguered Frenchman.

"He always sees his contracts out and signs a new one and I can't see what will be different this time".

Amid claims Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will ask for a transfer in the close-season, Wenger said of the England midfielder: "I hope he stays here". "Ideally I would love to but practically it's very hard".