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Aaron Ramsey: "I love this competition"

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey continued his love affair with Wembley, and the Welshman will be hoping to add to his FA Cup winners' medals tally when the Gunners take on Chelsea in the final of the competition come the end of May.

Speaking after Arsenal's 2-1 win over Manchester City in the semi-final today, Ramsey told BBC Radio 5 live, "I love this competition. We have been quite successful in recent years and you can see the passion that the players play with. We went behind and kept on going and got a result.

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Pep Guardiola: "Today we are sad and as soon as possible we will stand up"

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Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola was gracious in defeat after watching his side go down 2-1 to Arsenal in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The Spaniard shared after his club's defeat, "Congratulations to Arsenal. We will come back stronger next season. We are not in final. We tried to do it, to create more chances so I don't have regrets. We tried to do what we wanted to do.

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Antonio Conte explains his masterful selection strategy

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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has revealed that benching winger Eden Hazard was part of the plan that ultimately worked during the 4-2 FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Hazard and Diego Costa were surprisingly omitted from Chelsea's starting XI on Saturday to take on their bitter London rivals. But the attacking pair made second half appearances with Hazard scoring a stunning goal to give Chelsea a 3-2 lead.

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Brazilian legend reveals he almost joined Man United

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Brazil football great Ronaldinho has revealed he was "very close" to joining Manchester United instead of FC Barcelona. Ronaldinho was pursued by the English Premier League club but eventually signed with the Spanish giants from Paris Saint-Germain for a reported fee of 30 million euros ($32.17 million).

"When I was leaving PSG and before I came to Barcelona I had that chance [to join United] - and I was very close," Ronaldinho was quoted as saying by Gazeta Esportiva.

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England mourns the passing of footballer Ugo Ehiogu

Tottenham Hotspur football club have announced that their under-23 coach, Ugo Ehiogu, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at the club's training ground.

Aged 44, Ehiogu, the former England and Aston Villa defender was on the training field on Thursday morning when he collapsed. Tottenham's medical team rushed to treat him while an ambulance and a medical assistance car were scrambled to him. Ehiogu received round-the-clock treatment at the hospital but he could not be saved.

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Charlie Roberts, Bob Wilson, Lampard and Gerrard to be inducted into Hall of Fame

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Former England players Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, legends of Chelsea and Liverpool, will be inducted in the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in September, the museum announced on Thursday.

Several United Kingdom football legends will also be introduced, including late Wales manager Gary Speed, West Ham legend Billy Bonds, Arsenal long-time goalkeeper Bob Wilson, and historic Manchester United player Charlie Roberts.

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It's season over early again for Jack Wilshere

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears that midfielder Jack Wilshere may not be able to reach his full potential due to recurrent injuries.

Wilshere, who has been loaned out by Arsenal to AFC Bournemouth for the current season, suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibia during his team's 0-4 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend and has been ruled for the rest of the campaign.

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