"I've watched this game three times and our game was killed by the referee".
"I didn't want to gamble today because I knew it was very important to win the game", Wenger said. I wanted to give them a chance to get their confidence back, that's why I retained 90 per cent of players from the starting line-up. "Because we had an outstanding game", Wenger said.
"They have been hit very hard after the game [against Bayern] and that is always risky because your confidence can go very quickly".
The FA Cup experience has been wearying - "I'll be glad to be fish and chip paper", Cowley said - but his pride in what he had achieved in making his side the first from outside the league to reach the Cup quarter-final in 103 years was obvious.
Though Lincoln held firm until the closing moments of the first half, when Theo Walcott scored his 17th of the season, Arsenal's greater quality told in the second as Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey found the net for the hosts, who were aided by a Luke Waterfall own goal.
"The key for us is to learn from this".
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Ramsey sealed an emphatic win for the Gunners in the 85th minute of the encounter after a brilliant string of passes in the box of Lincoln City.
The Gunners have endured a tough few weeks, falling out of the Premier League's top four and being on the receiving end of two 5-1 Champions League beatings from Bayern Munich.
Fortunately, Arsenal put on a stellar display during the following 45 minutes.
Arsene Wenger has reiterated his belief that refereeing was to blame for Arsenal's calamitous 5-1 loss at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.
"If they don't go further, that is what will happen because we live in a society that is legalist and what people pay is more and more".
"It's no disgrace, we've brought 9,000 fans here against a world-class side, and I think the lads have done themselves justice. But it was a football education for sure".