Wenger fury as Ar­se­nal given scare by Pre­ston

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By Sam Wal­lace CHIEF FOOT­BALL WRITER

Arsène Wenger ad­mit­ted that he had been an­gry with his Ar­se­nal play­ers at half-time, when they trailed Cham­pi­onship club Pre­ston North End be­fore com­ing back to win the FA Cup thir­dround tie 2-1, with goals from Aaron Ram­sey and Olivier Giroud.

On a day of sev­eral shocks and in which Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charl­ton’s Manch­ester United scor­ing record in their 4-0 win over Read­ing, Ar­se­nal’s French striker was on the mark for the fourth con­sec­u­tive game since his re­call against West Bromwich Albion on Box­ing Day.

Wenger said he was up­set at half­time when Ar­se­nal trailed to Cal­lum Robin­son’s goal. “Yes, I was an­gry,” he said. “We are a top-level Premier League side and we were dom­i­nated in the first half, Pre­ston had chances and we were just not at the pace of the game that the game de­manded.”

The Ar­se­nal man­ager praised Giroud, who he had made cap­tain, hav­ing only started him in a league game for the first time against West Brom. “He [Giroud] went through a pe­riod where he was in dis­com­fort as he didn’t play and dur­ing this pe­riod he kept his fo­cus and worked, so I thought he has shown lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, which is why I made him cap­tain.”

At Old Traf­ford, Rooney scored his 249th goal for Manch­ester United to equal the watch­ing Charl­ton’s club record, as Jose Mour­inho’s side eased to a 4-0 win. “It’s a proud mo­ment, es­pe­cially to do it at such a mas­sive club,” said Rooney. “I am hugely hon­oured to be up there in terms of goals with Sir Bobby. Hope­fully, I will be out there on my own soon.”

With Ar­se­nal and United both avoid­ing em­bar­rass­ing early ex­its, the big­gest shock of the day came at The Den, where League One team Millwall beat Premier League side Bournemouth 3-0. The win came just days af­ter it was an­nounced that Millwall may have to leave their sta­dium be­cause of a land dis­pute with Lewisham Coun­cil, and Neil Har­ris, their man­ager, was de­lighted with his side’s ef­forts. “I said to the play­ers, 3-0 doesn’t flat­ter us. In my opin­ion we could have scored more,” he said.

Stour­bridge, of the North­ern Premier League, were de­nied a re­play against Wy­combe by Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa’s late win­ner, but there were up­sets as Premier League sides Stoke and West Brom lost at home to Wolves and Derby re­spec­tively.

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