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Jack Wilshere goal sees Arsenal progress in FA Cup

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere celebrates scoring their winning goal during the FA Cup Third Round Replay at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 16, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere celebrates scoring their winning goal during the FA Cup Third Round Replay at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 16, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen hailed Arsenal’s inspiration Jack Wilshere after the young England midfielder fired the Gunners into the FA Cup fourth round.

Wilshere’s superb left-footed finish from 20 yards finally shook off Swansea with four minutes left at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night as Arsenal won 1-0.

Belgian defender Vermaelen said: “He’s a world-class midfielder and he showed again today, he played really well and was important for us.

“I’m really happy for him that he got the goal, and happy for the team.”

Wilshere added: “I don’t know if I’ll ever hit another one like that in my life, and it was a great set-up from Olivier (Giroud).

“It was important we got the win in 90 minutes, we’d created chances (before the goal) but we just couldn’t put it in.”

The competition represents arguably Arsenal’s best chance of ending their long trophy drought this season, and Wilshere said: “We know what the FA Cup means in England.

“It’s a great competition and we wanted to be in the next round, but we’ve got a tough game away to Brighton.”

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup saluted his side’s defensive efforts but admitted Arsenal were deserving winners.

“The first half was very even, they had a bit more of the ball but we were at the same level,” he said.

“In the second half they were the better team, they deserved the win and good luck in the competition. They created chances and pushed us back, we defended great but we couldn’t get out of there.

“It was nice to see Michel Vorm back at his best and we blocked a couple of big chances. They had one or two where you say ‘How did they miss that?’, and then they scored with a few minutes left. Last time it was us, this time it was them.”

 

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