There was action on two fronts this weekend as the FA Cup quarter-finals took centre-stage amid a slimmed-down Premier League schedule.
Millwall were also unable to upset the odds, slumping to a 6-0 defeat at Tottenham, while Manchester City also booked their place in the semi-finals with a 2-0 win away to Middlesbrough.
Chelsea host Manchester United this evening which will complete the Wembley line-up for the semis.
Liverpool earned a gritty 2-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League to boost their top four challenge and there were also wins for Bournemouth, Everton and Hull.
But which players impressed this weekend? Here’s MirrorFootball’s (admittedly top heavy) pick of the bunch…
Paul Farman (Lincoln City)
It may appear odd to start with a player who conceded five goals, Farman pulled off a number of excellent saves at the Emirates including a terrific early stop from Walcott and was was very unlucky for the opener.
All of the Lincoln side have come away from the Emirates with a huge amount of credit following their historic cup run and Farman was one of a number of players who showed that they should be plying their trade in the Football League.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
Turned in the sort of performance that an international footballer should turn in against a non-league side, but we won’t take that away from him.
Used the opportunity to get forward at every opportunity and was one of the Gunners chief attacking threat against Lincoln.
Harry Maguire (Hull)
The English centre-back turned in just the kind of performance you want in a relegation six-pointer.
Maguire dug in and turned in a gritty showing at the back as the Tigers moved within one point of safety and dragged Swansea back into the mix.
Gareth Southgate is finalising his next England squad and could do worse than include the 24-year-old.
Ashley Williams (Everton)
Williams have previously spoken about the heartache of being released by West Brom as a teenager so will have had no problem firing himself up for this weekend’s clash.
While his spell so far at Goodison has been up-and-down, this was the kind of performance that convinced the Toffees to shell out £12million for the 32-year-old this summer.
Ross Barkley (Everton)
The Toffees midfielder turned in the kind of performance that we all know he is capable of. Barkley bossed the centre of the pitch, being decisive with the ball and was at the heart of his team’s best attacking moves.
Koeman looks to have rebuilt Barkley’s confidence and if can begin to show more consistency will live up to the hype that surrounded his arrival on the scene.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
While it’s hard to feature too many Liverpool players in the team of the week, the Dutchman’s second goal in two games came a vital stage as the Reds finally managed to win ugly.
Wijnaldum was in the right place on the stroke of half-time to net a vital equaliser and put Klopp’s men on their way.
Josh King (Bournemouth)
His afternoon got off to a bad start when he missed a first-half penalty, but ended on a high with a 90th minute winner that sealed his hat-trick.
With that, he nudged the Cherries clear of the pack at the bottom of the table and earned himself a place on the old Norwegian players to score Premier League hat-tricks trivia question (there’s five others, so answers on a postcard please).
Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
More mazy runs from the young German who could well go down as Pep Guardiola’s best 2016 summer signing when the dust has eventually settled.
Was instrumental in setting up Sergio Aguero’s decisive goal which sealed City’s place at Wembley.
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
While it was against a League One defence, Son’s hat-trick against Everton couldn’t have been better timed.
As Spurs sweat on Harry Kane’s gammy ankle there are fears he could miss the rest of the season, which, given his superb form since the calendars flipped over to 2017, will be a huge blow.
Pochettino’s men will need to find a lot of goals from somewhere if they are to continue their top four charge but if the South Korean can take his form into the Premier League then Spurs fans can rest a little easier.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
The Belgian made is three in three with his strike against West Brom to boost his Premier League golden boot hopes.
While his goal came when the win over the Baggies was done and dusted, it was a just reward for another busy shift which saw him involved in the Toffee’s first two goals.
Oumar Niasse (Hull)
Unwanted at Everton, Oumar Niasse could just be the wild card in the relegation dog fight.
His match-winning 28-minute cameo off the bench for Hull against Swansea gave the Tigers a huge three points in their battle against the drop.
The on-loan Toffees frontman was training with the kids at Finch Farm earlier this season but his two strikes in the relegation dogfight showed the kind of composure that earned him his £13.5million move to the Premier League.