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wembley-londonHolders Arsenal will face Bradford City or Reading in the FA Cup semi-finals after beating Manchester United in the last eight. Aston Villa will meet Liverpool or Blackburn in the other semi-final. The semi-final ties are to be played at Wembley on 18 and 19 April.

Championship side Reading and League One Bradford will replay their last-eight tie on Monday, 16 March with the date for the Blackburn-Liverpool game still to be confirmed.

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arsene-wenger-cupArsene Wenger was delighted as Danny Welbeck struck a second-half winner against former club Manchester United on Monday night to send Arsenal to the FA Cup semi-finals.

The ex-Red Devil took advantage of a defensive blunder to seal a 2-1 triumph, and the Gunners’ first victory at Old Trafford in nine years.

Arsenal took the lead midway through the first half when Nacho Monreal coolly slotted his David de Gea
image after neat wing play from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The hosts were level moments later though Wayne Rooney’s superb diving header, which was delivered on a plate by Angel di Maria’s beautiful cross.

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Arsenal Fans Are Returning TO Wembley

welbeck-celebratesDanny Welbeck claimed revenge for his departure from Manchester United by scoring the winner as holders Arsenal reached the English FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 away victory on Monday.

The Manchester-born United academy graduate, who joined the club at the age of eight, left in a £16m deal last September after being told by new manager Louis van Gaal that he was not good enough for United.

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Wojciech-SzczesnyArsène Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United:

on Gabriel…
Gabriel has a little hamstring injury and he will be out for two to three weeks. He has a scan today. That means he’s not available for the weekend and certainly not for West Ham United or Monaco, but after that he should be available again.

on team news…
We will of course lose Gabriel in the squad and Nacho Monreal might come back. He will have a test today. Everybody else should be available – the same squad that played against Queens Park Rangers.

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Ask Arsenal fans what the Gunners biggest needs are this summer and they will probably start with a world class defensive midfielder and center back. But according to the Metro, Arsene Wenger is looking to spend a significant part of his summer transfer kitty on Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.

The 22-year-old Morata is a product of the Real Madrid academy. Unable to break into the Real line-up, the Spain U21 international made the move to Juve in the summer where he has scored six goals in 20 league games this season. Not a bad return considering that a number of those appearances (13) have been off the bench as the likes of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez continue to keep him out of the team.

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Arsenal have made Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer their top summer transfer target, as they look to bolster their options in the middle of the park, reports the Daily Mail.

The World Cup winning midfielder is at the top of Arsene Wenger’s summer wishlist, as he looks to add strength and quality to his uninspiring, ageing central areas, report the Mail.

Kramer compared to Arsenal’s options in central midfield this season (per 90)
kramer to arsenal

Kramer is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach – and has never featured for Bayer – but recently extended his deal in Leverkusen, meaning the Gunners will have to fork out for the 24-year-old if they are to prise him away this summer.

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Wenger hails Arsenal’s response

AW-Feb 2015Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side answered the critics by getting ‘back to basics’ after their midweek European nightmare to grind out a 2-0 victory over Everton and move back to third in the Barclays Premier League.

Wenger had slammed Arsenal’s “suicidal defending” which cost them in a 3-1 home defeat by Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.

There was, though, no repeat against the Toffees at the Emirates Stadium as Olivier Giroud, who missed several chances in midweek, netted a fine volley on 39 minutes, with a late deflected effort from substitute Tomas Rosicky securing all three points to make the most of Manchester City’s defeat at Liverpool earlier on Sunday.

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Match Report: Arsenal 2 Everton 0

olivier-giroudArsenal recovered from their midweek European nightmare to beat Everton 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and move back to third in the English Premier League.

Olivier Giroud, who missed several chances as the Gunners slumped to a 3-1 home defeat by Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday, netted a fine volley on 39 minutes to put Arsenal ahead on Sunday. Substitute Tomas Rosicky then scored a late deflected effort to eventually settle what was at times a nervy encounter.

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arsene-wenger-post-matchArsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused his players of “suicidal” defending as he offered up few excuses following a surprise 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the Champions League.

The Gunners looked to have given themselves a lifeline late on, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring in the 91st minute following goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Dimitar Berbatov for the Ligue 1 visitors.

But Wenger admitted his team’s hopes of making it through to the quarterfinals of the competition were hanging by a thread after Yannick Ferreira Carrasco fired an injury time goal for Monaco that restored their two-goal advantage heading into the second leg.

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Most Disappointing Arsenal Performance In Years

arsene-wenger2In recent years we have seen some bad performances by this Arsenal side. The 8-2 thumping at Old Trafford springs to mind. But tonight’s 3-1 surrender at home to Monaco in the Champions League might be the most disappointed.

Arsenal had gone out of this stage of the competition the last four years, but everything was set to to change that. They came into the match full of confidence, playing well, and they were facing an injury riddled side that has struggled to score all season.

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