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Football: Stylish Arsenal sweep into FA Cup semi-finals after 4-1 win over Everton

Published on Mar 9, 2014 12:03 AM
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates scoring the fourth goal with German midfielder Mesut Ozil (centre) during the English FA Cup quarter final football match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 8, 2014. Arsenal won 4-1. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals as a late brace from substitute Olivier Giroud sealed a 4-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's side remain on course to finally end their nine-year trophy drought thanks to an enterprising quarter-final display in the spring sunshine in north London.

Mesut Ozil ended his three-month wait for a goal to give the hosts a perfect start before Romelu Lukaku's equaliser.

Once Mikel Arteta had converted a penalty midway through the second half there was only ever going to be one winner and France forward Giroud's late double ensured Arsenal can look forward to a last-four date at Wembley in April.

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