Arsenal keep FA Cup hopes alive

Ozil gave Arsenal a seventh minute lead, after a precise through ball from Santi Cazorla.

Published: March 9, 2014 1:50:50 am

Two goals from late substitute Olivier Giroud and one apiece by Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta secured Arsenal’s place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 win against Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. 

Ozil gave Arsenal a seventh minute lead, after a precise through ball from Santi Cazorla but Everton equalised after a surging run from Ross Barkely resulted in a Romelu Lukaku tap-in after 32 minutes. The teams went into the half level with Everton coach Roberto Martinez attempting to become the first manager to win the FA Cup in two successive seasons with different teams.

He had won the trophy with Wigan Athletic last year, though the side was subsequently relegated in the season. Martinez’s hopes were soon dashed when Arsenal regained the lead in the 68th minute after Gareth Barry tripped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the box and Mikel Arteta converted the penalty. Striker Olivier Giroud, who had come off the bench just then, was ruled to have caused an infringement when the penalty was taken, which means Arteta had to re-take the penalty.

However, the midfielder made no mistake to make it 2-0. Girourd made amends with two late goals, in the 83rd and 85th minutes, to keep Arsenal on course for their first trophy for nine years.

United beat West Brom

Champions Manchester United rediscovered a touch of their old swagger to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Saturday and record back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since December. The win was also a revenge for United, who had lost earlier in the season to West Brom at home.

Phil Jones headed home a Robin van Persie free kick in the first half, Wayne Rooney finished a sweeping passing move with another header after the break, with the assist coming from full back Rafael. Danny Welbeck added a third, thanks to a Rooney assist that came at the end of United’s best passing move of the game, to secure the points against a woeful West Brom side.

United moved up to sixth in the table with 48 points while West Brom stay one place above the relegation zone. -Reuters

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