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Football: Arsenal relieved to stay in hunt for elusive trophy

Published on Apr 13, 2014 6:58 AM
The Arsenal team run to celebrate after Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla scored his penalty bringing Arsernal to win 4-2 on penalties during the English FA Cup Semi-final match between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London on April 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger breathed a huge sigh of relief after they beat FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic on penalties in Saturday's semi-final to keep alive their hopes of winning a trophy after a nine-year wait.

Arsenal beat spirited Championship (second-tier) side Wigan 4-2 in the shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time and will meet Hull City or Sheffield United in the May 17 final back at Wembley Stadium.

Having not won any silverware since their FA Cup triumph in 2005, Arsenal were made to sweat against Uwe Rosler's plucky Wigan side who gave Wenger serious concerns that his trophy hoodoo would continue.

"I am relieved because we won... It is important that, mentally, we didn't go out tonight. If you imagine the consequences of going out tonight it is quite worrying," Wenger told reporters.

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