Arsenal's road to the FA Cup final
A look at Arsenal's route to the FA Cup final.
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Arsenal swept aside north London rivals Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Santi Cazorla drilled in a fine opening goal on 31 minutes before Tomas Rosicky doubled the lead on the hour with a well-taken finish after robbing Danny Rose on the halfway line and sprinting clear. Victory came at a cost, however, with England forward Theo Walcott carried off on a stretcher in the closing stages with a knee injury, which would see him ruled out for the rest of the season and also the World Cup.
The Gunners were top of the table when they tackled the Sky Blues on a Friday night and were given little cause for concern in a comfortable 4-0 win. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had named a strong starting XI, which included club-record signing Mesut Ozil, and as such the Sky Bet League 1 side were never given a chance to think about causing an upset. A first-half double from Lukas Podolski put Arsenal in control of the tie, with Olivier Giroud adding a third late on after coming off the bench and fellow substitute Cazorla crashing in another with a minute left.
Arsenal avenged their Anfield humiliation with a 2-1 defeat of Liverpool in a pulsating fifth-round clash at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners - still reeling from their 5-1 Premier League loss at Liverpool in their last outing - had Yaya Sanogo up front for his first start and survived a few early scares before going ahead through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who later turned provider for Podolski. Reds captain Steven Gerrard reduced the deficit from the penalty spot but Arsenal closed out a morale-boosting victory to seal their place in the last eight.
Giroud came off the bench to score twice as Arsenal beat Everton 4-1 to book their place in the semi-finals. The Gunners were ahead inside seven minutes when Ozil slotted past Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles. Everton, though, rallied and went into the break level through Romelu Lukaku. Former Toffees midfielder Mikel Arteta converted a penalty, which had to be retaken following encroachment, to put Arsenal back ahead, before Giroud made sure with a late double, the second following a sublime passing move from the resurgent Gunners.
Stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero as his two saves in a penalty shoot-out helped Arsenal beat the holders. Wigan went ahead through a penalty from Jordi Gomez just after the hour, but Arsenal levelled with seven minutes left through Per Mertesacker. After Oxlade-Chamberlain had hit the crossbar in extra time, it was down to the lottery of penalties. Fabianski - standing in again for regular number one Wojciech Szczesny - produced fine saves from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison, before Cazorla rolled in the winning spot-kick.