Mikel Arteta had told anyone who would listen that this was a “final” for Arsenal. They came through it, but not before staring right down the barrel. When Rafa Silva pounced on a horrendous Dani Ceballos mistake they needed to find two goals in the final half hour and a second consecutive round of 32 exit against modest opposition was in sight. This was an entire season on the line: Kieran Tierney answered the crisis call by handing them a lifeline and then, three minutes from the end, their two best players pulled another rabbit out of the hat.

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