FA Cup Semi-Final: Arsenal 1-1 Wigan (Pens: 4-2) – Plucky Gunners Upset FA Cup Heavyweights To Reach Final! (Photos & Highlights)

Chris Wright

12th, April 2014


By Chris Wright

Arsenal 1-1 Barcelona (Pens: 4-2) – FA Cup Semi-Final – 12th April 2014

Soccer - FA Cup - Semi Final - Wigan Athletic v Arsenal - Wembley Stadium

Lord alone knows how they pulled it off, but unfancied Arsenal came from behind and took FA Cup heavyweights Wigan the full distance at Wembley this afternoon – grinding away and eventually pipping the reigning holders on penalties to reach their first final in living memory.

After a stale first-half more devoid of life than the surface of Mercury, Jordi Gomez scored from the spot to put the Latics ahead in on the hour-mark after Callum McManaman was tripped by one of Per Mertesacker’s telescopic limbs as he made his way across the penalty box.

Arsenal rallied(ish) and managed to haul themselves level eight minutes from the end of normal time when Mertesacker made amends by stooping to head Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wayward shot past Scott Carson – who had previously, with a significant assist from Stephen Crainey, pulled off a terrific reaction save to deny Kieran Gibbs.

Half-an-hour’s worth of extra-time then came and went before Wigan spaffed their first two penalties to allow Arsenal through on the inside – cue…SELFIES!!!



(Photos: PA)

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  1. richard_from_belfast@hotmail.com' Jarren says:

    Massive result for the underdog, just goes to show what can be achieved when you put your heart & soul into something against the odds.

    As for the mighty Wigan, they won’t rest on this defeat too long. As embarrassing as it is to lose to a minnow like Arsenal, the Lactics are big enough to brush this aside.

    I do feel for Arsenal though. Getting to the final only to face the might of Hull or Sheffield United may well be too much to handle, even before kick off.

  2. Cosa says:

    Barcelona played in this game?

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