Arsenal loses to Manchester City in Women’s FA Cup, as Sam Kerr’s Chelsea replacement scores a stunner

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Matildas stars Caitlin Foord, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Steph Catley are out of the Women’s FA Cup after Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 fifth-round loss to Manchester City.

The Gunners had been eyeing a response after losing to Mackenzie Arnold and Katrina Gorry’s West Ham in the Women’s Super League.

But Catley in particular had a day to forget, coming off the bench in the 67th minute before her failed clearance seven minutes later opened the door for Spain international Laia Aleixandri to score the winner.

Arsenal was then denied over and over by 19-year-old City goalkeeper Khiara Keating’s stunning late series of saves.

The Gunners were also incensed when they believed the City keeper had not saved a last-ditch effort from a scramble before it crossed the line, but the officials disagreed.

“It’s super frustrating, especially when I feel like there were really good moments for us and we were on top, especially that second half,” Foord, who started along with Cooney-Cross, told Optus Sport.

“We created a lot, but all credit to their keeper. She had a worldie today and pulled off some really good saves.

“But we had plenty of chances to get back into the game and stay in it.

“We’re playing good football. It’s just the results and I guess decisions aren’t going our way at times, which is becoming super frustrating.”

Caitlin Foord and Arsenal players appeal to the referee as Manchester City goalkeeper Khiara Keating catches a ball on the line.

Caitlin Foord (right) was adamant this ball crossed the line as Khiara Keating reeled it in.(Getty Images: Zac Goodwin/PA Images)

Mary Fowler came off the bench for City, replacing injured striker Bunny Shaw in the 67th minute.

Alanna Kennedy was brought on in injury time to close out the game and seal progression to the quarterfinals.

Arsenal, which sits third in the WSL, will turn its focus to a hotly anticipated and rescheduled League Cup quarterfinal against the London City Lionesses, before a league blockbuster against Manchester United.

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