Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1: Arsene Wenger proud of battling performance

Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1: Arsene Wenger admits his pride at the Gunners' performance in fifth-round win

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Arsene Wenger spoke of his pride at Arsenal’s performance after watching his side battle past Liverpool to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Gunners took the lead at Emirates Stadium in the 16th minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drilled home from close range.

I am very proud of the way we responded to the huge defeat that we had last week

Arsene Wenger

Lukas Podolski then doubled the home side’s lead shortly after the break as he finished of a sweeping Arsenal move.

Steven Gerrard pulled one back for the visitors from the penalty spot on the hour-mark after Luis Suarez was brought down by Podolski.

The Reds then had another penalty call controversially waved away by referee Howard Webb after Suarez was clattered by Oxlade-Chamberlain in the box.

But Wenger’s men held on to set up a last-eight showdown with Everton at Emirates Stadium.

“The intensity of the performance pleased me,” Wenger told BT Sport. “I am very proud of the way we responded to the huge defeat that we had [at Anfield] last week. That was the most pleasing thing.

“Liverpool are a good side and have shown it again today. It was a great football game where of course Liverpool took the initiative more than us, but we were never in a position where we really had to go for it. We were focused on protecting our advantage. They are a fantastic offensive force.

“To win makes you stronger and that was very important today. There was suspicion that we would sacrifice this game today because we play on Wednesday in the Champions League.

“The best way to give an answer is to show how much effort we put in the game.

“The FA Cup is always very interesting. We have another big tie here [against Everton] and it will be interesting again.”

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