Arsenal’s Welbeck sinks United

DISCARDED striker Danny Welbeck returned to haunt Manchester United by scoring the winning goal as Arsenal reached the FA Cup semifinals with an enthralling 2-1 victory at Old Trafford last night.

England international Welbeck, who joined the Londoners last season after his Man United career stalled, pounced on a horrendous back pass by Antonio Valencia in the 61st minute to send the holders through.

In a rip-roaring first half, a cool finish by Nacho Monreal put Arsenal ahead in the 25th minute, but a diving header by United’s Wayne Rooney evened it up four minutes later for a 1-1 score at the halftime break.

United, who will ponder a second consecutive season without silverware, ended the match with 10 men after Angel Di Maria was red-carded for grabbing the referee’s shirt seconds after a diving booking.

– Reuters

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