After losing in the Cup final against Birmingham City, and then getting knocked out from the Champions League last 16 tie by Barcelona, Arsenal’s
hope of getting their hands onto a trophy this season are almost depleted after crashing out of a third competition in less than two weeks – losing to Manchester United 2-0 in the FA Cup.
The elimination meant Arsenal’s only hope of winning a trophy this season entirely falls on the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Fabio and Wayne Rooney’s goals were enough to see of The Gunners as Alex Ferguson’s men dumped their rivals out of the FA Cup in a highly anticipated semifinal encounter.
Arsenal’s lone man up front, Robin Van Persie (supported by Samir Nasri and Andrei Arshavin), found the Manchester United defence too hot to handle as Alex Ferguson fielded 7 men at the back – Wes Brown, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, John O’ Shea, Patrice Evra, Rafael and Fabio.
28 minutes was all it took for the first goal to arrive as Fabio slotted in the rebound after teammate Javier Hernandez’s header was blocked by Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
Wayne Rooney put his side into the comfort zone 4 minutes into the second half after guiding his header into the back of the net.
Arsene Wenger’s injury problems were worsen after his defender Johan Djourou was brought off with a stretcher due to a dislocated shoulder. He picked up the bad injury after colliding with teammate Bacary Sagna while the both of them were vying for the ball at the same time.
Having rolled his final dice, Arsene Wenger couldn’t make another substitution, therefore causing his men be forced to play the final 10 minutes with 10 players on the field.
With Johan Djourou out for quite some time, Arsenal are not only short in goalkeeping now as Laurent Koscielny seem to be their only fit centre back for the time being.