Arsenal fans planning another protest against Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal fans planning another protest against Arsene Wenger

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley was left to reflect on a "brilliant journey" after his non-league side's FA Cup run was ended by a 5-0 defeat at Arsenal. March 11th 2017 will be a day that Lincoln City fans will still be talking about in 100 years time.

The result saw the Gunners bounce back from their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in midweek, and Wenger has now set his sights on going all the way in the FA Cup.

They hold the joint-record for FA Cup wins along with Manchester United and remain on course for a 13th triumph in the competition. "It was hard, you could see in the first half they had a very direct game but they had clarity about what they wanted to do and they did that very well".

"I didn't want to gamble today because I knew that it was very important to win the game and I felt as well that the team had performed well against Bayern and I wanted to give them a chance to find their confidence back by winning the next game".

"They have some good players and can beat the lesser teams in the Premier League, so they are top four contenders still, even after what happened to them against a very good Bayern Munich side".

Maybe this FA Cup Quarter Final won't be as memorable as other more recent ones, like the 2-1 win at Old Trafford a couple of seasons ago when Welbeck clinched victory for Arsenal after rounding David de Gea, but it could be if we underestimate our opponents. But these cup games bring opportunities for bigger clubs because they would probably be prioritised less by the manager than a Champions League knockout game.

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And how near-unbelievable it would be if Lincoln City, a non-league team, were the ones to put the final coffin in the Arsene Wenger era.

Those fans who feel Wenger should step down now that Arsenal's European and Premier League ambitions look lost for another year made their feelings known outside, holding banners with messages like "Wexit" and "Time for Change".

Such is the attention on Arsene Wenger's future that the news conference was dominated by questions about his intentions, then prematurely shut down by the club's communications director before anyone could ask about Lincoln.

And while Danny Cowley's side appreciate the scale of the challenge, they believe they can use the discontent at the Emirates Stadium in their favour. I don't see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career.

There is also a perception that the directors have hidden behind Wenger instead of confronting the problems that have led to the team again losing ground on their rivals this season, which is a wider and more complicated issue than just the manager.

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