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Football: Arsenal shocked by second-division side Blackburn in FA Cup

Published on Feb 17, 2013 12:51 AM
 

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal's hopes of ending their eight-year trophy drought suffered a huge setback after they were dumped out of the FA Cup at home to second-tier Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Colin Kazim-Richards scored the only goal in Indian-owned Blackburn's 1-0 victory when he struck in the 72nd minute after Gunners 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny failed to hold Martin Olsson's shot.

Arsenal, who have not won a major piece of silverware since lifting the FA Cup in 2005, must now somehow lift themselves for a last-16 Champions League first-leg tie at the Emirates Stadium when German giants Bayern Munich visit on Tuesday.

It was the second time this season Arsenal had been knocked out of a domestic Cup competition by lower league opposition after losing to fourth-tier Bradford in the League Cup.