Arsenal Earn Controversial Spot in FA Cup Semis


An non-call on offsides, a post-game spitting incident and a genuinely tense match characterized Arsenal‘s come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Hull City in the last quarterfinal of the FA Cup. Nicky Barmby gave Hull an early lead on a deflected shot, a lead that would last until the final fifteen minutes of the game. Robin van Persie drew the Gunners even in the 74th minute and William Gallas headed in from a very clearly offside position for the go-ahead goal in the 84th. Adding insult to injury, there are allegations that Cesc Fábregas, not playing due to injury, spit at a Hull assistant manager in the tunnel after the game.

While the wild match certainly carries headlines, it is relatively fair revenge for an Arsenal side who lost to Hull earlier this season at the Emirates. Arsenal were also able to rest at least some of their regulars, though the likes of Arshavin and van Persie did grace the pitch. Now the Gunners move on to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and will face Chelsea at Wembley. The winner of that match will face the winner of the Manchester United-Everton tie.


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