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2013-2014 FA Cup Semifinals – Wigan Athletic vs Arsenal Live Schedule

Wigan Athletic-Arsenal Preview:

Competition: 2013-2014 English FA Cup – Semifinal Round
Date: April 12, 2014 Saturday
Kick off time: 17:07 BST
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Watch on TV: ITV Network Channel

The defending Champions, Championship side Wigan Athletic, will face Arsenal in the semifinals of the FA Cup 2014.

Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City 1–0 with an injury time winner by Ben Watson in the 2013 FA Cup Final. Wigan were the first team to win the FA Cup and to be relegated in the same season, it was also the first time that they had won the FA Cup in their history. They entered the competition in the Third Round Proper alongside all the Premier League and Championship teams.

The other last-four clash sees League One Sheffield United take on Hull City — with both matches to take place at Wembley Stadium on the weekend of April 12.

In the 6th round, Arsenal defeated Everton 4-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and they will now be the hot favorites to win their first trophy since 2005 after Wigan secured a shock 2-1 win away at Manchester City on Sunday.

The last time the Gunners lifted silverware was in the FA Cup, when they beat Manchester United on penalties at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Arsenal have never won at the new Wembley Stadium.

Wigan knocked Man City out of the FA Cup with a stunning 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium, with a Jordi Gomez penalty and a second from James Perch putting Uwe Rosler’s team in control. Samir Nasri pulled a goal back but City could not force a replay and their dreams of the quadruple silverware are now over.

The FA Cup Finals is scheduled for Wembley Stadium, London on 17 May 2014.

UPDATE: Arsenal advances to the English FA Cup finals after beating title holder Wigan in a penalty shootout 4-2. Full time score is 1-1. Arsenal will now face the Hull City after beating Sheffield United 5-3 in the semis tie.

Stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero as his two saves in a penalty shoot-out helped Arsenal beat holders Wigan at Wembley to reach their first FA Cup final since 2005.

Full time: Wigan (2) 1 – 1 (4) Arsenal (Penalty score 2-4)
Scorers:
Wigan: Jordi Gómez 63′ Pen
Arsenal: Per Mertesacker 82′


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