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Carragher: These three Arsenal stars were the key to victory

Former Liverpool defender has picked out the three Arsenal stars which shone for him during the win over Manchester United

Arsenal had heroes all over the pitch against Manchester United, as they knocked the Red Devils out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford.

United had won at The Emirates in the Premier League earlier in the season and the win was revenge for that defeat and ended Louis van Gaal's last chance to win a trophy in his debut season at the club.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes there were three Arsenal players in particular who stood out, using Twitter to hail their performances.


What did each of them offer?

Laurent Koscielny is the most controversial of Carragher's three selections. He was caught slack footed for Manchester United's goal as Wayne Rooney rose above him to head home from Angel di Maria's cross.

The Frenchman made seven clearances, equal to Per Mertesacker, and three tackles, matched only by Hector Bellerin. His four interceptions were only bettered by Nacho Monreal's six.

Francis Coquelin was once again key in the midfield, making four tackles and one interception. He also won six fouls, which proved important in breaking up United's flow.

Santi Cazorla provided perhaps the most surprising statistic of the night. He managed six tackles, the most in the Arsenal side. He had three shots at goal, two of which were on target, and completed 87.5 per cent of his passes, more than any other Gunners starter.

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