By Amir Mir
BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair has claimed that Arsenal’ players weren’t that bothered during the first half of their 2-1 FA Cup win over Preston on Saturday evening.
The Premier League side had to come from a goal down to secure a late win against the Championship club at Deepdale.
Simon Grayson’s side took the lead seven minutes into the match after sloppy defending from the much-changed visiting side allowed Callum Robinson to slot home.
Former Aston Villa player Robinson and his teammate Jordan Hugill partnered each other well as they caused the away side numerous problems during the first period.
Preston should have added to their opening goal but a number of missed opportunities saw them go only 1-0 up into the half time break.
Thereafter, the Gunners punished their opponents with midfielder Ramsey scoring a brilliant goal from outside the box.
France international Olivier Giroud then netted the winner minutes from time to send the away fans into party mode.
Speaking on BBC One’s FA Cup highlights programme, this is what former QPR winger Sinclair had to say about the Gunners performance.
“I think it was effort and enthusiasm [in the second half],” Sinclair told Match of the Day. “It didn’t seem that Arsenal were that bothered in the first half.”
Wenger’s side will now await who they will face in the fourth round of the FA Cup as they will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy.
The north London club won back-to-back trophies in 2014 and 2015 when they beat Hull and Aston Villa in the final.
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