Arsenal and Man United sneak FA Cup replay wins

LONDON Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:10am IST

1 of 2. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring during their FA Cup third round replay soccer match against Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium in London January 16, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Jack Wilshere's late strike gave Arsenal a 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Swansea City and Manchester United also progressed with a 1-0 victory over West Ham United on Wednesday.

Arsenal wasted a hatful of good chances before sealing the win over Swansea thanks to midfielder Wilshere's sublime left-foot strike past Michel Vorm four minutes from time following relentless pressure from the home side.

Wayne Rooney's first goal in over a month after nine minutes proved good enough for 11-times winners United to move into the fourth round but the England striker also missed a late penalty to make the Premier League leaders sweat in the closing stages.

Arsenal, 10-times Cup winners, will travel to Championship (second division) Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round on the weekend of January 26-27 and United host Premier League rivals Fulham.

Wilshere, after scoring his first goal for Arsenal since November, said he was delighted with the connection he made with the ball after Olivier Giroud's superb layoff.

"I don't think I'll ever hit another one like that in my life. It was a great set up by Olivier. It's lucky I was there, we couldn't put it in," he told ESPN.

The London club's strike duo of Theo Walcott and Giroud both had shots blocked on the line as the home team mounted relentless attacks in a one-sided second half and Walcott's glancing header hit the post with time running out.

However, the 21-year-old Wilshere spared Arsenal's blushes with the second goal of his comeback season following 17 months out through injury.

"You can say now that Jack is completely back to his best. Credit to the people who prepared him," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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