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Football: Arsenal in Cup test, Everton eye top-four on emotional weekend

Published on Apr 12, 2014 8:25 AM
Everton's Romelu Lukaku (centre) shoots to score against Arsenal during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England, on April 6, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal will bid to get their spluttering season back on track by booking a place in the FA Cup final on Saturday, while Everton have their sights set on the Gunners' top-four berth in the Premier League.

The focus on Saturday will be on Arsenal's semi-final against Wigan at Wembley and Everton's Champions League aspirations before Liverpool commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by duelling with Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Last weekend's chastening 3-0 defeat at Everton was a major blow to Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League and the squad's morale is at a low ebb following the latest in a long line of big game flops this season.

Arsenal had already been thrashed at Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, but it is the loss to Everton which could prove the most costly as the Toffees will climb above them into fourth place if they avoid defeat at bottom of the table Sunderland on Saturday.

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