FA Cup

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the best domestic cup tournament in the world, the FA Cup.

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Arsenal Want Wenger Banned For FA Cup Tie

Arsenal are trying to have Arsene Wenger’s misconduct charge dealt with speedily so Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest is included in any ban.

The Gunners manager has until 6pm on Friday to respond to an FA charge over his foul-mouthed dressing-room rant at referee Mike Dean on Sunday. The official had awarded West Bromwich a controversial penalty, which Jay Rodriguez converted to nick a 1-1 draw.

And Arsenal’s response to the FA was being finalised on Thursday night in the hope Wenger is sentenced this week and potentially avoids missing an extra Premier League game. Wenger, who is set for a lengthy touchline suspension, is ready to accept the charge to ensure a quick conclusion.

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Chelsea Blame Ref For Disappointing FA Cup Defeat

Antonio Conte ChelseaChelsea boss Antonio Conte felt the reason that his side did not win the FA Cup on Sunday was because of referee Anthony Taylor decision to allow Arsenal’s opener to stand.

Aaron Ramsey scored 12 minutes from time to win the FA Cup final for Arsenal in a pulsating 2-1 victory at Wembley on Saturday.

Chelsea trailed 1-0 to Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener, and looked down and out when Victor Moses was sent off on 68 minutes for picking up a second yellow card for diving. However, Diego Costa sensationally levelled for the 10 men on 77 minutes, only for Ramsey to hit an instant reply for the Gunners just 60 seconds later.

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Wenger: That Was a Professional Win Over Non-League Sutton

Theo Walcott 100 goals ArsenalArsene Wenger praised National League side Sutton United following the ‘quality’ display they put in against Arsenal on Monday evening.

The non-league club were beaten 2-0 by the Gunners in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott scoring in each half to set up a quarter-final clash against another non-league side, Lincoln City. Walcott’s goal was his 100th for Arsenal, making him just the 17th player in club history to reach that milestone

However, this was more about Sutton on Monday night that Theo, and the non-league side did threaten at times, with former Arsenal trainee Roarie Deacon striking the bar, and they never looked overawed by their big name opponents.

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Ibrahimovic Sends Man United Into FA Cup Quarter Finals

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester UnitedWhen he signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer all the so-called football experts unanimously called Zlatan Ibrahimović a wasted signing. That the then 34-year-old striker was past his prime and that he would struggle to get 10 goals in the best league in the world.

Yet here we are in mid-February and Ibrahimović has 24 goals in all competitions, including 18 in his last 20 games. In the last four days he has single-handily kept United’s treble dreams alive by scoring a hat-trick against St Etienne on Thursday in the Europa League and the winner against Blackburn in the FA Cup on Sunday.

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Nightmare Month Continues As Liverpool Are Out Of The FA Cup

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was at a loss to explain his sides performance in the shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Anfield.

With a must-win match against Chelsea coming up on Tuesday, Klopp made nine changes to the side that got knocked out of the League Cup in midweek. But his new look side could not recover from a poor first half that saw the Sky Bet Championship side go 2-0 up thanks to goals from Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann.

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Danny Welbeck Knocks United Out Of FA Cup

di maria red cardDanny 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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Man United and Sunderland Progress In FA Cup

james-wilsonJuan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson as scored as Manchester United beat fourth-tier Cambridge United 3-0 in their FA Cup fourth-round replay. But the game could have turned out so different if Tom Elliott’s shot in the first minute had found the back of the net instead of David De Gea’s right hand post.

But this ended up being a comfortable win for United as first-half goals from Mata and Rojo set up a fifth-round trip for Louis van Gaal’s side to Preston North End, who beat Sheffield United 3-1.

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Victor Valdes To Make Man United Debut In FA Cup

Victor-Valdes-BarcelonaVictor Valdes is expected to make his Manchester United debut in the less-than-glamorous surroundings of Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium on Friday night.

The former Barcelona keeper, who has won three Champions League titles and a World Cup, is set to don the gloves for United for the first time in their FA Cup fourth-round clash at the League Two side’s 8,100-capacity home.

Valdes signed an 18-month contract at Old Trafford earlier this month and has been named on the bench for United’s Premier League matches at QPR and at home to Southampton behind David de Gea.

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Arsenal and Everton Advance In FA Cup

Arsenal set up an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Everton after beating Liverpool 2-1 in a Lukas Podolskifeisty fifth-round match at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool had trounced Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend, but the London club took revenge through goals in each half by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski.

Steven Gerrard cut Arsenal’s lead in half with a 59th-minute penalty after Podolski tripped Luis Suarez.

But Liuverpool should have have a second penalty moments later when Oxlade-Chamberlain brought down Suarez, but somehow referee Howard Webb missed the call.

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Man City Beat Chelsea While Sunderland And Wigan Progress In FA Cup

Manchester CityManchester City avenged their recent loss to Chelsea in the Premier League with a 2-0 home win that sent them into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and kept alive City’s dreams of the quadruple.

As good as Chelsea were in the league match against City last week, they were the complete oppose today as City dominated the game from the off.

Stevan Jovetic put City ahead in the 16th minute, but it was Edin Dzeko who was the architect with a measured pass into the box for Jovetic, who shot went in via the base of the left-hand post.