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Arsenal take on FA Cup holders Wigan

Arsenal will meet Championship side and current FA Cup holders Wigan at Wembley today in the semi-finals of the competition.

Although Wigan are a tier below their opponents, they successfully beat Premier League giants Manchester City with a last minute goal in last year's final to claim the trophy.

Arsene Wenger's side go into this match following a damaging 3-0 defeat against Everton last weekend, a result which seriously dented their hopes of winning the Premier League.

As with all other games played this weekend, the match will kick off at seven past the hour out of respect for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago.

Wenger calls for strong finish to season ahead of cup

Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal to produce a strong finish to the season ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic.

Arsene Wenger speaking at a press conference today. Credit: ITN

Despite a promising start in the Premier League, Arsenal's title challenge has faltered and the FA Cup is now their only realistic chance of ending a nine-year trophy drought.

"This season we lost key players at big important moments of the season, but we have to just to focus on finishing as well as we can," Wenger told a press conference.

"We are in a position where we can still do very well until the end of the season, that is what we want."


Everton prove too strong for Arsenal

Everton's Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku
Everton's Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku Credit: Peter Byrne/Press Association Images

Everton boosted their chances of playing in next season's Champions League today after an impressive 3-0 win against The Gunners. Steven Naismith opened the scoring, while Romelu Lukaku scored their second. The third was an unfortunate own goal by Arsenal midfielder, Mikel Arteta.

Aaron Ramsey set for a come back

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey Credit: Sean Dempsey/Press Association Images

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey is expected to make a return today after recovering from a thigh injury.

Though the midfielder hasn't played since December, he's still The Gunners second top scorer.

If the north London side beat Everton, it will boost their chances even further of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Aaron Ramsey to make long-awaited return from injury

Aaron Ramsey will return to the Arsenal squad for their crucial Premier League match against Everton, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Aaron Ramsey is set to make his long-awaited return from injury. Credit: PA Wire

The Welsh midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since suffering a thigh strain at West Ham on Boxing Day but he is now set to return for Sunday's match against top-four rivals Everton.

Arsene Wenger said he expects the 23-year-old to have a major impact on his return, adding; "He is an all-round midfielder who can score goals and drives the team forward always, a real box-to-box player, so it is good to have him back."

Arsenal travel to Goodison Park just four points ahead of fifth-placed Everton who hold a game in hand.


Wenger tells players to forget about Chelsea thrashing

We just came out of two convincing results at Bayern Munich and at Tottenham with a very solid defensive performance, so you have to think that [Chelsea defeat] was an accident.

How do you deal with the accident? You repair them, you repair the damage and you go for the next one.

An accident has happened - that doesn't mean that you are not a good driver. It just means that we have played about 40 games this season and it is not what happened on Saturday that reflects the quality of this team.

We have 62 points that we earned hard with quality games and that is what we want to focus on - to get back to that quality.

The season is always decided by how well you finish, so at the most important moment of the season it is vital that we stick together.

– Arsene Wenger speaking to the Arsenal Media Channel

Read more on this story from ITV Football.

Arsenal ordered to get campaign back on course quickly

Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to get their Barclays Premier League campaign back on course quickly by beating Swansea.

Arsene Wenger seen on the touchline on Saturday Credit: Press Association

Arsene Wenger is still at a loss to explain why Arsenal imploded on Saturday lunchtime at Stamford Bridge during his 1,000th match in charge. They were thrashed 6-0 by Chelsea.

Chelsea finish 6-0 up against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge

Arsene Wenger's 1000th game in charge of the Gunners this afternoon turned out to be a crushing defeat as they were thrashed 6-0 by rivals Chelsea.

Arsenal were two goals down after just seven minutes thanks to Samuel Eto'o and then Andre Schurrle. Oscar netted a further two goals for the Blues after an Eden Hazard penalty, with the final goal scored by substitute Mohamed Salah.

The 6-0 finish made it Jose Mourinho's biggest Premier League victory to date as Chelsea manager.

Tune into ITV London at 5.30 for a full match report.

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