Ceballos strikes late to send Arsenal through

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Dani Ceballos scored an injury-time winner to send Arsenal into the FA Cup semifinals with a 2-1 victory at Sheffield United.

Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring with a penalty before David McGoldrick equalised late on.

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Mikel Arteta’s side join Manchester United into the last four of the competition.

Arsenal defender David Luiz made his first appearance since his disastrous performance against Manchester City while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started on the bench.

The hosts thought they scored the opening goal inside 10 minutes through John Lundstram‘s header but the VAR ruled it out for offside.

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Arsenal were awarded a penalty after Chris Basham brought down Alexandre Lacazette inside the area. Pepe converted the spot kick to score his eighth goal of the season.

United goalkeeper Dean Henderson almost scored a bizarre goal from a clearance but the ball went narrowly over the bar after 56 minutes.

John Egan thought he had equalised minutes later but the goal was ruled out for offside after McGoldrick’s touch.

Basham also missed a golden chance late on when he missed a header inside the box.

The hosts levelled with three minutes remaining when Arsenal failed to clear from a throw-in and McGoldrick scored from close range.

Billy Sharp almost scored a late winner but Emiliano Martinez produced a smart save. Moments later, Arsenal produced a counter attack and Ceballos’ strike went under Henderson into the net.

“Today we didn’t give up, even when they got the equaliser because you have to prepare for the extra time anyway,” Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi told BT Sport. “We believed until the end and we got rewarded.”

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