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Apr 19, 2015

Soccer-Villa fight back to end Gerrard’s dream of birthday final

LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) – Aston Villa fought back from 1-0 down with goals from Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph to beat favourites Liverpool 2-1 in a pulsating FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.

Defeat ended Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard’s dream of bringing his 17-year career at Anfield to a close with a cup winner’s medal on his 35th birthday and Villa will play Arsenal in the final on May 30.

Apr 19, 2015

Clarke defends goalkeeper Federici after extra-time howler

LONDON (Reuters) – Reading manager Steve Clarke and Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger sympathised with Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici whose horrendous mistake in extra time gifted Alexis Sanchez the winning goal in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Federici, who had had a fine game for the Championship underdogs making seven saves including one majestic stop from a Gabriel header in the second half, left the field in tears after Arsenal battled to a 2-1 win to reach a record 19th FA Cup final against either Liverpool or Aston Villa on May 30.

Apr 18, 2015

Soccer-Clarke defends goalkeeper Federici after extra-time howler

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – Reading manager Steve Clarke and Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger sympathised with Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici whose horrendous mistake in extra time gifted Alexis Sanchez the winning goal in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Federici, who had had a fine game for the Championship underdogs making seven saves including one majestic stop from a Gabriel header in the second half, left the field in tears after Arsenal battled to a 2-1 win to reach a record 19th FA Cup final against either Liverpool or Aston Villa on May 30.

Apr 17, 2015

Ramsey not giving up on Arsenal double hopes just yet

LONDON COLNEY, England (Reuters) – The prospect of Arsenal winning an FA Cup and Premier League double may be remote but, while it is still mathematically possible, midfielder Aaron Ramsey is not giving up hope.

Ramsey secured a place in the club’s history books when he scored the winner in last season’s 3-2 FA Cup final triumph over Hull City and told reporters on the eve of Saturday’s semi-final against Reading that it had only whetted his appetite for more success.

Apr 17, 2015

Soccer-Ramsey not giving up on Arsenal double hopes just yet

LONDON COLNEY, England, April 17 (Reuters) – The prospect of Arsenal winning an FA Cup and Premier League double may be remote but, while it is still mathematically possible, midfielder Aaron Ramsey is not giving up hope.

Ramsey secured a place in the club’s history books when he scored the winner in last season’s 3-2 FA Cup final triumph over Hull City and told reporters on the eve of Saturday’s semi-final against Reading that it had only whetted his appetite for more success.

Apr 16, 2015

Szczesny ready for Cup glory but Arsenal future in doubt

LONDON (Reuters) – If Wojciech Szczesny was still Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper he would be sitting on the bench watching Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading rather than playing in it, said manager Arsene Wenger.

But unlike last year’s semi-final when he was among the substitutes watching fellow Polish international Lukasz Fabianski playing against Wigan Athletic, Szczesny will be in goal while Colombia keeper David Ospina has the afternoon off.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Szczesny ready for Cup glory but Arsenal future in doubt

LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – If Wojciech Szczesny was still Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper he would be sitting on the bench watching Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading rather than playing in it, said manager Arsene Wenger.

But unlike last year’s semi-final when he was among the substitutes watching fellow Polish international Lukasz Fabianski playing against Wigan Athletic, Szczesny will be in goal while Colombia keeper David Ospina has the afternoon off.

Apr 16, 2015

Arsenal won’t be caught napping by Reading, says Wenger

LONDON COLNEY, England (Reuters) – Holders Arsenal are unlikely to start slowly against Championship side Reading in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday having learned the lessons from a year ago at the same stage against Wigan Athletic.

Like Reading, Wigan were also in the second tier having been relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2012-13 when they won the FA Cup.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Arsenal won’t be caught napping by Reading, says Wenger

LONDON COLNEY, England April 16 (Reuters) – Holders Arsenal are unlikely to start slowly against Championship side Reading in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday having learned the lessons from a year ago at the same stage against Wigan Athletic.

Like Reading, Wigan were also in the second tier having been relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2012-13 when they won the FA Cup.

Apr 16, 2015

Wenger surprised TV companies allowed Cup and League clash

LONDON COLNEY, England (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday he was surprised that rival TV companies have scheduled his club’s FA Cup semi-final with Reading at Wembley on Saturday evening at the same time as Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.

The BBC and Sky Sports will do battle for ratings between the match at Stamford Bridge, which could yet have an influence on the outcome of the Premier League title, as well as the FA Cup semi-final.