Ceballos scores injury-time winner to send Arsenal to Wembley
Gunners will face Manchester City in the semi-final of the FA Cup after beating Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane
28 June, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
Arsenal will have to beat Manchester City if they are going to reach the FA Cup final
FA Cup Quarter-Final
SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 (McGoldrick 87)
ARSENAL 2 (Pepe 25 pen, Ceballos 90+1)
MIKEL Arteta chirped “we are back at Wembley” after seeing Dani Ceballos score a dramatic 91st-minute winner to send Arsenal through to the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United this afternoon (Sunday).
The Gunners took the lead midway through the first half when Nicolas Pepe casually slotted home a penalty after Alexandre Lacazette was fouled in the box by Chris Basham.
It looked like the Blades had forced extra-time when David McGoldrick hooked home with just three-minutes left on the clock at Bramall Lane.
But their celebrations were short-lived as Ceballos proved the hero for Arsenal – the on-loan midfielder finding the back of the net with a low, angled drive to win the tie in dramatic fashion.
The north Londoners were rewarded for their efforts with a semi-final date against FA Cup holders Manchester City, due to be played on Saturday July 18.
“This is a difficult place to come and get a win,” said Arsenal boss Arteta. “I am really happy with the attitude and performance of the players.
“I knew Sheffield United were going to have moments. They are so good at their game plans and putting teams under pressure. We conceded from a long throw which is so hard to defend. But we were able to win the game.”
Arsenal survived a number of scares throughout the match. John Lundstram thought he had given Sheffield United an early lead with a close-range header following a corner, but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside.
The hosts also had a goal chalked off in the second half when John Egan poked the ball in – but this time it was McGoldrick who had strayed beyond the last defender.
Trailing 1-0 at the break after Pepe’s perfectly-hit penalty, Chris Wilder’s side kept pushing for an equaliser. And in the 87th-minute they got their reward when some slapstick Arsenal defending saw Sead Kolasinac’s clearance hit Rob Holding and fall straight at McGoldrick’s feet, and the forward could not miss.
Super sub Ceballos delivered one last twist, however, when he finished off a swift counter-attack with a well-taken goal to earn the Gunners a place in the semi-finals of the competition for a record-equalling 30th time.
Sheffield United: Henderson, Basham (Sharp, 75), Egan, Robinson, Baldock (K. Freeman, 62), Stevens, Fleck, Lundstram (Berge, 35), Norwood, McBurnie, McGoldrick
Substitutes not used: Jagielka, L. Freeman, Mousset, Osborn, Moore, Zivkovic
Arsenal: Martinez, Tierney, Mustafi, Luiz (Holding, 53), Maitland-Niles, Willock (Ceballos, 67), Kolasinac, Xhaka, Lacazette (Nketiah, 67), Pepe (Sokratis, 90+3), Saka
Substitutes not used: Bellerin, Aubameyang, Nelson, Macey, Smith