Arsenal boss Unai Emery to BBC Sport: “I think we worked well. Our injuries changed our possibility to do something different. When we were 2-1 down we had chances to draw but we didn’t score.
“Sokratis hurt his ankle – I hope not a lot. Koscielny is different. It was maybe a break. I hope not but he’s going to the hospital and we’re going to wait.
“We are taking a lot of big injuries, like Hector Bellerin.
“We played a team in a good moment. We lost this match but I’m happy with our work. The supporters helped us.
“We need to think about the Premier League. We won against Chelsea and are close. We need to push in that competition and we have another important competition in the Europa League.”
It also helps a manager when both of the opposing centre-halves go off injured in either half, and he can bring players of the quality of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial from the bench to test out a makeshift back four. See? Watch the skies. Stars aligning.
Manchester United are in the fifth round of the FA Cup, back in contention for the Champions League places, and even the European dates with Paris St Germain no longer appear daunting. Most importantly, Solskjaer is taking on some of the best coaches in Europe – Unai Emery, Mauricio Pochettino – and deservedly winning, and no way is that purely down to hosting a party with a happy atmosphere.
Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard were on target as Manchester United knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup on home soil
Sanchez was returning to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since leaving for United and he got the visitors on their way
The Chilean struggled to get himself into the game before being picked out inside the area by team-mate Romelu Lukaku
He showed real quality, calmness and composure to round an onrushing Petr Cech and clip into the net with his right foot
Within two minutes United had doubled their lead after Lukaku this time picked out Jesse Lingard who converted smartly
Solskjaer punched the air after seeing his side pull off a marvellous counter-attack to double their lead soon after the opener
Unai Emery’s Arsenal side altered the complexion of the two team talks as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted in for 2-1
As Arsenal pushed to equalise they were punished as United substitute Anthony Martial pounced on a parry from Petr Cech