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Football: Arsenal advance in FA Cup as Walcott provokes Spurs fans

Published on Jan 5, 2014 6:01 AM
 
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla (right) scores a goal against Tottenham Hotspur during their English FA Cup soccer match at the Emirates stadium in London, on Jan 4, 2014. Arsenal reached the fourth round of the FA Cup when they beat arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Emirates on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Arsenal reached the fourth round of the FA Cup when they beat arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Emirates on Saturday, handing Tim Sherwood his first defeat since he was permanently appointed Spurs new head coach last month.

An arrowed drive from Santi Cazorla after 31 minutes and a second by Tomas Rosicky after 62 minutes following a mistake from defender Danny Rose on the halfway line when he lost possession to Rosicky, secured Arsenal's place in the last 32.

Rosicky's goal virtually ended the contest after he ran half the length of the pitch before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with Kyle Walker chasing him down.

Mainly restricting Spurs to half-chances and the occasional attacking break, Arsenal held out for a deserved win even though they played out the last few minutes with 10 men after Theo Walcott was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury after Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger had used up his substitutions.

 
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