Football: Watford stun holders Arsenal in FA Cup

Watford's Odion Ighalo celebrates after the FA Cup Quarter Final match at Emirates Stadium on March 13, 2016.
Watford's Odion Ighalo celebrates after the FA Cup Quarter Final match at Emirates Stadium on March 13, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

(AFP) - Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura struck as Watford ended Arsenal's two-year reign as FA Cup holders with a brilliant 2-1 quarter-final victory at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (March 13).

Ighalo put Watford ahead in the 50th minute before Troy Deeney teed up Algeria winger Guedioura to slam a right-foot screamer into the top-right corner, with Danny Welbeck's 88th-minute reply coming too late.

Triumphant in the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015, Arsenal were beaten in the competition for the first time since a 1-0 fifth-round defeat by Blackburn Rovers in February 2013.

It left them facing the prospect of a trophy-less season, with Arsene Wenger's side eight points off the pace in the Premier League and 2-0 down to Barcelona ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 return leg at Camp Nou.