Arsenal eased into the semi-finals of the FA Cup with an initially tight, ultimately rather overwhelming defeat of a spirited Lincoln City at the Emirates Stadium.
Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud either side of half-time killed a tie that had looked quite well matched initially.
The scars of the midweek mauling by Bayern Munich will be soothed a little as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early injury and Granit Xhaka’s early substitution killed the mood.
Arsenal finally found space in the penalty area right on the stroke of half-time as Gibbs played a nice pass inside to Walcott and he had time to look up and thread a shot into the far corner.
Giroud duly made it 2-0 on 52 minutes, slotting home after some neat work from Sánchez and Bellerín on the right.
A third goal arrived, turned into his own net by Luke Waterfall after good work by Gibbs on the left. By now the gulf in fitness and class was a little painfully evident, Lincoln increasingly exhausted by the demands of playing without the ball.
Sánchez added a fourth after a typical neat, sniping run and a fine low shot into the far corner. Ramsey got the fifth with 15 minutes left, walking the ball into the net after a scramble to some personal relief.
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