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Holders Arsenal face a tricky FA Cup semi-final away to Bradford City or Reading after seeing off Manchester United in the quarter-finals on Monday.

Man United suffered just their second defeat by the Gunners in their past 16 meetings courtesy of goals from defender Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck either side of Wayne Rooney’s first-half leveler at Old Trafford.

Nacho Monreal grabbed the opening goal in the 25th minute when the left-back beat goalkeeper David de Gea at his near post from an Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain cross.

Danny Welbeck Scores Arsenal Match-Winner as the Gunners Eliminate His Former Club at Old Trafford. Image: Getty.
Danny Welbeck Scores Arsenal Match-Winner as the Gunners Eliminate His Former Club at Old Trafford. Image: Getty.

Rooney responded for the hosts four minutes later, sinking his flying header past Wojchiech Szczesny off a delightful Angel Di Maria cross from the right.

Welbeck capitalsed on United’s lethargic defence to slide in a loose ball against his former club, after beating the impressive David de Gea to a tame Antonio Valencia back-pass.

United’s resolve to re-equalise was undone by Di Maria’s sending off 13 minutes from time when the Argentine midfielder grabbed referee Michael Oliver’s shirt after he had been booked for diving.

Arsenal could have scored two or three more goals in the second half had it not been for De Gea’s Man of the Match performance throughout the game.

In the other semi-final Aston Villa will face Liverpool or Blackburn.

Championship side Reading and Football League outfit Bradford will replay their last-eight tie on Monday, 16 March. The date for the Blackburn-Liverpool encounter has yet to be confirmed.

The semi-final ties are billed for the Wembley Stadium on 18 and 19 April.

Arsenal are pushing for a second successive FA Cup final, having beaten Hull City 3-2 for an 11th triumph in 2014.

On meeting either Bradford or Reading in the semi-finals, Wenger said: “Last year we played a tricky game at Wembley in the semi-final and we expect that again.

He added: “Tonight I thought we played well and deserved to win the game.”

FA Cup last-4 draw

Bradford/Reading vs. Arsenal

Aston Villa vs. Liverpool/Blackburn

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