Arsenal beats Wigan to reach FA Cup final
Arsenal beats holder Wigan in penalty shootout to reach FA Cup final
Associated Press
2014-04-13 03:22 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal avoided FA Cup embarrassment against Wigan on Saturday, coming from behind against the holders and winning a penalty shootout to reach the final where the London club will be looking to end a nine-year trophy drought.

After extra time ended 1-1, Arsenal's players scored all their penalties -- the last by Santi Cazorla -- to beat Wigan 4-2 on penalties in this meeting of the fifth-placed teams in the Premier League and League Championship.

Wigan had gone in front in regular time from the penalty spot. Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker conceded the spot kick that Jordi Gomez converted but the German made amends by heading in the equalizer that sent the game into extra time when neither team could score.

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