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Goalkeeper Fabianski 'hero' of penalty shoot-out

Stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero of the Wigan v Arsenal match tonight as his two saves in a penalty shoot-out helped the Gunners beat holders Wigan at Wembley to reach their first FA Cup final since 2005.

Arsenal's goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is mobbed by his team-mates after winning the penalty-spot Credit: PA

Following a bright start by Arsenal, it was Wigan who went ahead through a penalty from Jordi Gomez just after the hour.

However, Arsenal made it 1-1 with seven minutes left through Per Mertesacker, whose foul had given away the spot-kick.

After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had hit the crossbar in extra-time, it was down to penalties.

Fabianski - standing in again for regular number one Wojciech Szczesny - produced fine saves from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison, before Santi Cazorla rolled in the winning penalty to secure a 4-2 shoot-out success.

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Sol Campbell calls FA 'institutionally racist' in new book

Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell has attacked the Football Association as "institutionally racist", claiming he would have received the England captaincy for more than 10 years had he been white.

Sol Campbell calls Football Association 'institutionally racist' in new book. Credit: PA

In extracts from his new biography, serialised in the Sunday Times (£), the former Arsenal and Tottenham defender said: “I think the FA wished I was white. I had the credibility, performance-wise, to be captain.

"I don’t think it will change because they don’t want it to, and probably the majority of fans don’t want it, either [...] There is a ceiling and although no one has ever said it, I believe it’s made of glass.

"Michael Owen was made a captain ahead of me. I thought: 'What is going on here?' I think the FA didn't want me to have a voice [...] it was embarrassing. I've asked myself many times why I wasn't [captain]. I keep coming up with the same answer. It was the colour of my skin."

Arsenal player quizzed over 'collision'

Footballer Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal for a club-record fee of £42.5m last year. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is thought to have been questioned by police over allegations the car he was driving hit a photographer.

The alleged incident occurred on Friday night in Highgate, north London.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 7.18pm on Friday 21 February to reports of an alleged collision between a vehicle and a member of the public in Sheldon Avenue N6.

"The member of the public, a man in his 30s, sustained minor injuries.

"Officers have spoken to the driver of the vehicle."

The spokesman said inquiries were continuing and no arrests have been made.

German international Ozil joined Arsenal for a club-record fee of £42.5 million from Real Madrid last September.

Floodlights go out during Arsenal v Coventry FA Cup tie

The floodlights failed near the end of the first half of Arsenal's Fourth Round FA Cup tie against Coventry at the Emirates Stadium:

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The match did not stop though and the lights were restored in time for the start of the second half.

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Hodgson speaks to Walcott about knee injury

The England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed he has spoken to Theo Walcott after the Arsenal forward was ruled out for at least six months with a knee injury, meaning he will miss the World Cup in Brazil.

He told the FA's website:

I spoke with Theo and just wanted to express my disappointment to him.

It is a blow for him personally of course, and for both Arsenal and England.

We had quite a lengthy conversation and it is such a shame that we have lost a player of his calibre for the World Cup, he has been incredibly unfortunate and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Having worked with him for two years as England Manager I know the character he has, and I know he will come back even stronger from this setback.

Get the latest World Cup news at ITV Sport's World Cup site

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Footballers wish Walcott speedy recovery from injury

Former England striker Michael Owen - who ruptured his cruciate ligament during a 2006 World Cup match - wished Theo Walcott a "speedy recovery" from the same injury.

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Shocking news regarding Theo Walcott. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he returns next season as good as ever.

Walcott's Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey echoed Owen's sentiments:

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Gutted for Theo, he'll come back stronger after this. Been fantastic for us so far this season. Have a speedy recovery mate

England goalkeeper John Ruddy suggested Walcott's injury could present an international opportunity for his Norwich teammate Nathan Redmond.

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Gutted for Walcott missing the World Cup but what a chance for other players to step in! ( @nathanredmond22 )

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Walcott likely to miss World Cup with knee injury

Theo Walcott is stretchered off the pitch against Tottenham on Saturday. Credit: Empics

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out of football for at least six months with a knee injury, his club has announced.

His ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) means that an appearance at the World Cup in Brazil in June is unlikely.

The injury requires reconstructive surgery and a long period of physiotherapy to rehabilitate the knee.

Former England Michael Owen striker ruptured his ACL while playing for his country at the 2006 World Cup against Sweden.

Walcott antagonises Spurs fans with 2-0 gesture

Theo Walcott's gesture was met with a furious reaction from fans of north London rivals Tottenham. Credit: ITV Sport

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott infuriated Tottenham fans by making a 2-0 gesture towards them as he was stretchered off the pitch towards the end of his side's FA Cup third round win.

Goals from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky sealed the win for the home side.

Walcott was carried from the field after appearing to injure his knee during a challenge late in the game.

Watch video of the incident at ITV Football

Asked about the incident after the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "The doctors said to me the coins were raining over his head [from the away fans] and that is why."

Theo Walcott carried on a stretcher past vocal Spurs fans in the away end at the Emirates Stadium. Credit: Reuters

Arsene Wenger: FA Cup is not a distraction

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed the suggestion that top-flight clubs could do without the FA Cup, saying that he would like to win the famous old trophy once again.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed Paul Lambert's suggestion. Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was asked yesterday whether the domestic cup was something Premier League clubs could do without and he told the BBC: "If they were being honest, they probably would do."

But Wenger claimed the FA Cup presented an opportunity for Arsenal to end their eight-year trophy drought.

He said: "I don't believe that at all. We have not won trophies for a long time, it is an opportunity that we want to take that we consider.

"On top of that we have afterwards nine days until the next Premier League game, we can give absolutely everything in this game."

Arsenal will play North London rivals Tottenham in the FA Cup third round, which you can watch live this Saturday at 5.15pm on ITV or on the ITV Football website.

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