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Arsenal’s Theo Walcott opens floodgates to wash away Lincoln fairytale

Arsenal eased into the semi-finals of the FA Cup with an initially tight, ultimately rather overwhelming defeat of a spirited Lincoln City team on a muggy, decelerating afternoon. Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud either side of half-time killed a tie that had looked quite well matched, with the last half-hour reduced to a possession exercise for the home team and a dogged rearguard for the men from the National League.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks dejected

Pep Guardiola glows as praxis starts to make perfect at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s eyes sparkled with the evangelical glint of a conviction politician. Manchester City’s manager does not care much for consensus, compromise or pragmatism and his barely contained post-match excitement at Middlesbrough reflected the Catalan’s belief that his philosophy is, once again, being vindicated.

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