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Arsenal 1-1 Wigan (4-2): Player Ratings

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After being inseparable for 120 minutes, Arsenal finally beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 on penalties to book their place in the Final of the 2013-14 FA Cup at the expense of the reigning champions. A heroic Wigan Athletic were 8 minutes away from recording a shock return to the Final for the second straight year after Jordi Gomez had put the Latics ahead from the penalty spot, but Per Mertesacker came up with the game levelling header in the 82nd minute to keep Arsenal's dream for a first trophy in 9 years just about alive.

Arsenal were the better side on the pitch and were denied a couple of times by the woodwork, and the game eventually made its way to penalties, and Arsenal were perfect from the spot to earn themselves a shot at winning the FA Cup for a record 5th time under Manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal Player Ratings:

Fabianski - 9 - Had virtually nothing to do most of the game, but came up with two match winning saves in the shootout to help Arsenal advance to the Final.

Sagna - 6 - Another decent shift from the Arsenal right back, and was unlucky not to score in normal time when his header hit the post.

Monreal - 4 - The Spaniard's lack of quality is increasingly obvious, and Arsenal might be well served to get rid of him in the summer. Came off for a bruised thigh in the build up to the Wigan goal.

Mertesacker - 7 - A mixed bag from the Big German. Terrible tackle which gave Wigan the penalty, but had the heart to get up the other end to score the equalizer.

Vermaelen - 5 - Struggled to compete with Callum McManaman in the first half, but finished the game quite strongly as Wigan's players ran out of legs.

Arteta - 6 - Perfect from the spot, but otherwise had another patchy game. Committed a lot of niggly fouls, and followed them up with his standard over-reactions. Distribution is still good, but just not good enough to be Arsenal's holding midfielder against quality opposition.

Ramsey - 6 - A very welcome return for the young Welshman, who did tremendously well to last 113 minutes in his first start since December. Produced some good passes and his runs into the box were pleasing to see as well, but lacked that touch of match sharpness, which will come in a few weeks.

Cazorla - 5 - Cheeky penalty down the middle at a key moment in the shootout. Otherwise had a very disappointing game. For all his big talk in midweek, Cazorla has been one of the Arsenal players to have gone missing in recent weeks, and didn't do much better today either. His corner deliveries were also largely poor.

Oxlade-Chamberlain - 7 - Produced some of Arsenal's best moments from open play, putting in a good early cross, providing the assist on Arsenal's goal and also hitting the woodwork. Needs to retain the ball better though and like Ramsey was running on empty late in the game.

Podolski - 5 - The Arsenal fans were very disappointed to see him subbed early, but the truth is Podolski had an awful game, providing little in terms of ammunition in the final third and little in terms of defensive cover tracking back. His best chance came from a freekick, which he started too centrally and went harmlessly wide.

Sanogo - 6 - The young French striker worked his backside off right through the 120 minutes and must have had more than 10 shots on goal over the course of the game. His desire, workrate and raw potential is there for all to see, and he could be a fantastic player for Arsenal next year if he gets a good pre-season under his belt.


Gibbs - 7 - The difference he makes to Arsenal when he play was there for all too see, and with an hour under his belt, Arsenal will hope he remains fit for the last 6 games of the season.

Giroud - 6 - The French striker looked threatening when he came on as Arsenal pushed for their equalizer, but perhaps could have done more in the closing stages to push Arsenal over the line. Took his penalty really well though.

Kallstrom - 6 - Showed some good movement in his brief cameo on the pitch, but Wenger really sent him on for his dead ball skills, and he took a perfect penalty to keep his reputation intact.