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Blackburn provide more cup woe for Arsenal

Saturday 16 February 2013 18.54 CET
A dejected Jack Wilshere reflects on the end of Arsenal's FA Cup dreams

Arsenal FC's interest in the FA Cup is over after the Gunners were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home in the fifth round by second-tier Blackburn Rovers FC.

Eliminated from the League Cup in December by Bradford City AFC, Arsène Wenger's team succumbed to Colin Kazim-Richards' strike 18 minutes from time, the on-loan Galatasaray AŞ forward tucking the ball in at the far post following Martin Olsson's shot.

Moments earlier, Wenger had introduced Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott from the bench in a bid to ensure his team turned their dominance – they had 26 efforts on goal to Blackburn's six and hit the crossbar through Tomáš Rosický – into a breakthrough.

While Arsenal's focus now turns to the midweek visit of FC Bayern München in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, Blackburn await the draw for the quarter-finals, which takes place on Sunday. The Lancashire club will be joined in the hat by Championship rivals Barnsley FC and Millwall FC, who won 3-1 and 3-0 respectively at Milton Keynes Dons FC and non-league Luton Town FC.

Oldham Athletic FC, who defeated Liverpool FC in the previous round, earned a replay at Everton FC, Matt Smith's headed equaliser in added time salvaging a 2-2 draw for the League One side.

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