Ozil, Podolski & more: Twitter reacts as Arsenal beat Wigan on penalties

Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski both tweet their thoughts after Arsenal beat Wigan Athletic on penalties to reach the FA Cup final

Arsenal's German duo Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker Photo: Lukas Podolski/Twitter

Arsenal booked their place in the FA Cup final after the Gunners were 4-2 winners against Wigan Athletic in a dramatic penalty shootout at Wembley.

Per Mertesacker netted an 82nd-minute equaliser to force extra-time after the German’s foul on Callum McManaman allowed Jordi Gomez to open the scoring from the penalty spot.

Here is a selection of the best Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order to the weekend’s first FA Cup semi-final.

Former Wigan striker Jason Roberts (‏@JasonRoberts30) is in high spirits as Gomez strikes from the spot: “GOMEZ……..YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! C’mon!!”

Ex-Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot (‏@MarioMelchiot) praises the Wigan striker: “100% penalty! Goal!!!! @JordiGomez14 The iceman did it again!! After all that silly delay. #wiganvsarsenal #mmlove #wafc”

Celebrity Gooner Piers Morgan (‏@piersmorgan) isn’t impressed: “This has been a pathetic performance. How can any Arsenal fans continue to defend this crap? #Afc”

Arsenal club-record signing Mesut Özil (‏@MesutOzil1088) celebrates Mertesacker’s leveller: “Yessss Merte”

Gunners fan Mo Farah ‏(@Mo_Farah) takes a break from his London Marathon preparations to rally his side: “Come on @Arsenal……!!!!!”

England all-rounder Ravi Bopara (‏@ravibopara) felt Arsenal were good value for their goal: “Boom!! The ever reliable Mertesacker. Arsenal deserved that.”

Perhaps former Spurs striker Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) had his Saturday night viewing planned without football: “First time I’ve watched Britain’s Got Talent. Didn’t think they’d be so many footballers on it.”

Arsenal legend David Seaman (‏@thedavidseaman) is well-placed to judge the performance of Arsenal No2 in the shootout – it was excellent: “Yesssssss Love it Lucas!!!!”

Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger ‏(@seanstledger12) puts Wigan’s performance in context of the Championship play-offs: “If Wigan make the playoffs which it looks like they will. Think they’ll be very difficult to beat.”

More from Özil ‏(@MesutOzil1088): “Arsenal never gives up. Thanks Per, Thanks guys. You made my Day.”

Comedian Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) wasn’t as confident as Ozil in the Arsenal players: “Oh Arsenal f**k you for putting us through that. I’ve aged ten years and I’ve bitten my fingers to stumps! I need a drink.”

Finally, Lukas-Podolski (‏@Podolski10) poses with goal-hero Mertesacker: “Final step. See you in Wembley again….. #afc #facup #wembley #bfg #poldi”

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