FA Cup

  • D. Welbeck 88’
  • 50’ O. Ighalo
  • 63’ A. Guédioura
0 Extra Time 0
1 Full Time 2
0 Half Time 0
Emirates Stadium
Attendance 58,436


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      There is the half-time whistle!
    • 90'
      Arsenal have a throw-in deep in the Watford half. Surely, this is their last chance... It's taken by Gibbs and the final whistle goes! Watford eliminate the FA Cup holders!
    • 90'
      Chambers launches a cross into the box and Mertesacker goes up to win it. He and Prodl clash heads, with the Austrian remaining down and requiring treatment. Watford are on the brink of a huge victory here.
    • 90'
      Pantilimon needs to be careful here. He's doing all he can to try and wind down the clock, but he's on a yellow card and Watford have used all three subs!
    • 90'
      We are into the first of a minimum of four minutes of added time.
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      Thanks for joining us for today's match and have a great afternoon.
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      FULL-TIME - Arsenal 1-2 Watford: Flores' side secure a massive scalp in the FA Cup, booking their place in the semi-finals with an impressive win over the defending champions. Second-half goals from Ighalo and Guedioura did the damage, with the Hornets holding on after Welbeck's strike in the 88th m
    • 0'
      HALF-TIME - Arsenal 0-0 Watford: It's goalless at the interval in this FA Cup quarter-final, though Arsene Wenger's side have probably slightly edeged the opening period. However, with their best chances falling to Elneny, a midfielder not known for his goalscoring, they have been unable to break th
    • 0'
      The teams are heading out onto the pitch and there has been a late change to the Watford line-up, with Pantilimon replacing Gomes in goal. So visitors now line up as follows: Pantilimon; Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Ake; Watson, Behrami; Capoue, Deeney, Guedioura; Ighalo.
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      Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners when these two sides met in the Premier League at Vicarage Road back in October and will be looking to avoid a third straight home defeat in all competitions for the first time since November 2002. They ended a run of five matches without a victory by beating Hull in midw
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      WATFORD BENCH: Pantilimon, Anya, Suarez, Abdi, Jurado, Amrabat, Oulare.
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      WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Gomes; Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Ake; Watson, Behrami; Capoue, Deeney, Guedioura; Ighalo.
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      ARSENAL BENCH: Macey, Bellerin, Monreal, Flamini, Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck.
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      ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Chambers, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs; Coquelin, Elneny; Campbell, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.
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      WATFORD TEAM NEWS: Flores also makes three changes from the side that suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City last weekend, with Craig Cathcart, Valon Behrami and Adlene Guedioura coming in. Jose Holebas' absence means Nathan Ake moves to left-back, while Mario Suarez and Nordin Amrabat are the othe
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      ARSENAL TEAM NEWS: David Ospina continues in goal with Petr Cech still sidelined with a calf injury, but Francis Coquelin returns from suspension to replace Mathieu Flamini in midfield. Despite scoring twice against Hull, Theo Walcott drops to the bench alongside Alex Iwobi, with Mesut Ozil - who ha
    • 0'
      Arsenal only booked their place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, beating Hull City 4-0 at the KC Stadium. Watford, meanwhile, edged through with a 1-0 victory over Leeds United last time out, and today's match is without doubt their biggest test in the competition this season. The Gunners have won
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      Hello and welcome to today's live coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final meeting between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger's side are looking to lift the trophy for the third successive season, but Quique Sanchez Flores' team have impressed in the Premier League this term and
    • 1'
      We are underway at the Emirates Stadium!
    • 3'
      An early chance for Arsenal as Campbell rolls a pass towards the byline for the overlapping Chambers, and the right-back cuts it back towards the penalty spot. His delivery does not find a team-mate, though, and Prodl is able to clear away the danger. Positive signs for Wenger's team at the start.
    • 5'
      Arsenal are controlling possession in the early exchanges and putting Watford under immediate pressure whenever they manage to get on the ball. Flores is encouraging his side to press high too, though, which could lead to plenty of spaces opening up across the pitch.
    • 7'
      Ake attempts to release Guedioura down the left but a strong challenge from Mertesacker stifles the move. After a bright opening, Arsenal have stepped off the gas and are happy to keep hold of the ball in the centre of the pitch.
    • 8'
      Sanchez attempts to feed Chambers in down the right once again, but his pass is slightly overhit. The right-back manages to get on the end of it, but is unable to wrap his foot around the ball enough to steer his cross into the danger area - it flies straight out of play instead.
    • 10'
      GOAL! No, wait, it's been ruled out for offside. Campbell sent a great ball forward to Sanchez, who controlled it well and slid a pass into the path of Giroud. The Frenchman made no mistake, slotting a calm finish beyond Pantilimon, but upon turning to celebrate he spots the assistant referee with h
    • 12'
      Ighalo pulls out to the left and receives the ball in space before dribbling into the box. He shifts the ball onto his left foot and pulls the trigger, but his effort slams into the first Arsenal defender and is cleared away.
    • 13'
      Another neat move from Arsenal sees them threaten the heart of Watford's defence, with Ozil finding Sanchez, who once again shows great feet before looking for Giroud. This time, the striker is unable to get a shot away, losing possession in his attempts to hold it up and wait for a supporting run f
    • 15'
      Ake launches a long throw-in down the left for Ighalo, who beats Mertesacker as he cuts inside. He has Deeney charging into a gap in the defence ahead of him but, as he looks to offload, an important tackle comes in from the recovering Germany international.
    • 17'
      STAT: Watford have won their last two FA Cup quarter-final ties in 2003 and 2007, but were beaten semi-finalists both times they progressed.
    • 19'
      Arsenal have largely threatened down the right so far today, but this time they probe down the left. Coquelin picks out Gibbs in the box and the left-back attempts to pull a pass back to Campbell in the centre of the area. However, Ake reads it and slides in ahead of the Costa Rica international to
    • 21'
      Sanchez attempts to find Giroud in the box with an in-swinging cross from the left, but he gets too much power behind his delivery and sends it straight out of play for a goal-kick.
    • 23'
      It's been a rather low-key start to proceedings here, but there are a few sparks of life from both teams in quick succesion. Ospina is forced to rush off his line in order to stop Ighalo from latching onto Deeney's flick-on, and Arsenal go straight up the other end with a swift break. Chambers is fo
    • 25'
      Ighalo is released down the left once again, with Arsenal caught short at the back. The Nigerian faces up Gabriel, who comes across to cover Mertesacker, and opts to try and pick out Deeney in the centre. His pass is poor, though, and is intercepted by the German centre-back.
    • 27'
      Arsenal have been holding possession high in the Watford half, but there are so many bodies back that Wenger's team are unable to find a route through. As the visitors attempt a counter-attack, Gabriel leaps into a two-footed challenge and catches Deeney. It looked a bad one and the Watford captain
    • 29'
      STAT: Flores' side have failed to score in each of their last three games in all competitions, since their FA Cup fifth round win over Leeds.
    • 30'
      WHAT A MISS! Elneny has a fantastic opportunity to score his first Arsenal goal, fed in space on the right-hand side of the box. His control sets up a chance to rifle an effort at Pantilimon, but he lacks the requisite composure to do so and slices a wild attempt wide!
    • 32'
      Elneny sends the ball out to the left for Sanchez as Arsenal mount a counter-attack. The Chilean's attempted return pass is cut out by Watson and, although he quickly recovers the ball, the momentum of the attack is lost.
    • 33'
      Now it is Watford's turn to mount a break - the game is really opening up now! Again it's Ighalo racing in behind Mertesacker in that left-hand channel, but once more his attempt to find Deeney is cut out by the Arsenal defence.
    • 34'
      There are claims for a penalty as Ozil goes down under a challenge from Prodl inside the box, but the Austrian appear to judge his tackle brilliantly. In their desire to regain possession quickly, Arsenal concede a free-kick with Gibbs sliding through the back of Guedioura.
    • 36'
      Now it is Prodl appealing for a foul as he goes down while attempting to challenge Giroud to an aerial ball. The striker put his arm across his opponent, who clearly made the most of the slight contact. The referee did not buy it and allowed play to continue, with Prodl quickly returning to his feet
    • 38'
      Half-time is creeping up at the Emirates Stadium, but both teams seem fairly content with the way the match has panned out so far. There have been threats at either end, but there has been little for either goalkeeper to contend with in terms of saves.
    • 41'
      ELNENY MISSES AGAIN! Some great footwork sees Ozil get the better of Deeney and Ake on the right, and he shows great vision to move the ball on to Campbell. The Costa Rican takes a touch before teeing up Elneny for a strike at goal, and the former Basel midfielder once again blazes off target!
    • 42'
      CAMPBELL! Arsenal have stepped up the pressure on the stroke of half-time, with Campbell latching on to a deflected pass in the box. He has space but has to take it first time, sending a lofted effort over the top!
    • 43'
      Pantilimon receives the game's first yellow card, and it comes for wasting time over the taking of a goal-kick.
    • 44'
      Ozil clips a free-kick into the box for Sanchez to latch onto, but the Chilean narrowly misses out. However, if he had made contact play would have been stopped for an offside decision.
    • 45'
      We are going to to have a minimum of two minutes of added time here.
    • 46'
      The second half has begun!
    • 47'
      Gibbs goes on a marauding run down the left and earns a corner when his cross is deflected behind off Nyom. Ozil's out-swinging delivery is met by Giroud, but he is caught underneath the ball and can only steer it onto the roof of Pantilimon's net.
    • 49'
      Guedioura collects a throw-in from Nyom and spins between two Arsenal defenders before curling a great cross to the back post. Deeney attacks it, but he's beaten to it by Chambers, who flicks it out of play.
    • 50'
      G O. Ighalo Assist T. Deeney
    • 50'
      Deeney once again lays on the assist for his strike partner, but Ake's lengthy throw was key to the goal.
    • 50'
      GOOOOOAAAAL!! IGHALO BREAKS THE DAEDLOCK! A long throw-in from Ake is flicked on by Deeney at the near post. Ighalo lets it run across him, shielding the ball from Gabriel before firing a right-footed finish into the bottom corner on the spin!
    • 52'
      A chance for a second! Once again it's the Deeney-Ighalo combination at the heart of the Watford threat. The captain heads Nyom's deep cross onto the Nigerian, who lashes a volley over the top from 12 yards.
    • 53'
      Elneny unleashes a powerful drive from 25 yards, and this time it's on target. However, he aims it straight at Pantilimon, who holds at the first time of asking.
    • 55'
      STAT: Ighalo's strike was his first in eight matches in all competitions. That can certainly be considered the end of a drought given the prolific way he started the season.
    • 57'
      Arsenal win a corner and launch it towards Giroud. He helps it on towards Gabriel and the Brazilian does enough to put Pantilimon off, but the offside flag is raised.
    • 59'
      Sanchez tries to work space for a shot 20 yards from goal, but his strike is blocked by a wall of black shirts. Arsenal have really struggled to find a route through the Watford defence today.
    • 60'
      Another chance for Ighalo! The Nigerian is found at the back post by a great cross from Deeney, but, stretching his right leg out to try and control it, he could only knock the ball behind for a goal-kick. That was a let-off for Arsenal, who have been exposed defensively today.
    • 62'
      GIROUD! Campbell drills a low cross to the near post from the left wing, finding the French striker. He stabs an effort towards goal which Pantilimon somehow manages to keep out with a quick shift of his shoulder, claiming the ball at the second attempt!
    • 63'
      G A. Guédioura Assist T. Deeney
    • 63'
      A second assist of the afternoon for Deeney, whose brilliant hold-up play was integral to the goal.
    • 63'
      GOOOOOAAAAL!! AN INCREDIBLE STRIKE! Deeney runs in behind and is allowed to hold up the ball by Mertesacker, unwilling to dive in and risk conceding a penalty. The captain rolls a pass back to the edge of the box for Guedoiura, who runs onto it and smashes a sensational drive into the roof of the ne
    • 65'
      Wenger immediately starts getting Walcott ready for action following that phenomenal strike from Guedioura, so we could well see an imminent change. Arsenal need to pull a goal back quickly, or their FA Cup defence could end here today.
    • 66'
      Chambers, yet again, finds space on the right and sends a low cross into the middle for Giroud. The former Montpellier striker fails to make a strong connection with the sliding Cathcart sending it out for a corner. Giroud appears to signal for a substitution, but he's quickly back on his feet and s
    • 67'
      SI A. Iwobi SO T. Deeney
    • 67'
      Alex Iwobi comes on for Elneny, who has wasted Arsenal's best chances today.
    • 68'
      SI D. Welbeck SO T. Deeney
    • 68'
      SI T. Walcott SO T. Deeney
    • 68'
      Danny Welbeck is thrown on by Wenger as he uses up all three substitutions in one goal, Campbell making way.
    • 68'
      Giroud's afternoon is over, with Walcott coming on in his place.
    • 70'
      Ighalo attempts to release Deeney in behind the defence but Gabriel shows a good turn of pace to collect the pass ahead of him. Arsenal look to break down the right, but Pantilimon beats Welbeck to a cross.
    • 72'
      Watford are defending in numbers now, doing all they can to keep the Arsenal onslaught that has been mounting at bay. Gabriel appeals for a penalty as he is nudged out from under the ball by Guedioura when rising to meet a corner, but the referee is unmoved.
    • 73'
      SI I. Anya SO T. Deeney
    • 73'
      Capoue appeared to hurt his knee a few moments ago and now he makes way for Anya.
    • 74'
      Ozil is the first Arsenal player to go into the book today following a bad foul.
    • 76'
      STAT: Arsenal are on the brink of a first defeat in 22 all-Premier League home FA Cup ties, having won 15 and drawn six of their last 12. Their last such defeat came against Leeds in 1997.
    • 77'
      SI A. Abdi SO T. Deeney
    • 77'
      Abdi comes on to supply some fresh legs for Watford, with Guedioura, who has worked exceptionally hard today, replaced.
    • 79'
      Arsenal fail to adequately clear a corner and Watford send the ball back to Watson on the left. His attempted cross is charged down and goes out for a throw-in inside the visitors' half. They will not mind, though, as more valuable seconds tick away for the Gunners.
    • 81'
      Sanchez does well to dig out a cross at the byline and pick out Gibbs in space. The left-back powers a header towards goal but aims it straight at Pantilimon, who once again makes a comfortable save.
    • 82'
      SI N. Amrabat SO T. Deeney
    • 82'
      Ighalo's race is run, as he comes off for Amrabat.
    • 83'
      It's just not been Arsenal's day today. Chambers is picked out in space on the right-hand side of the box, but his attempt to curl a shot into the far corner drifts harmlessly wide.
    • 85'
      Watford are content to just sit back and soak up the pressure for the remainder. They have managed it comfortably all afternoon, so it's little surprise to see them resort to such a measure. Their fans are in fine voice, looking forward to what is surely a certain trip to Wembley.
    • 87'
      Deeney slides a great throughball to the byline for Anya, but, despite his electric pace, the Scotland international can only cut a cross straight to Ospina. Ighalo was lurking had the Colombian made a meal of it.
    • 88'
      G D. Welbeck Assist T. Deeney
    • 88'
      That was truly sensational from Ozil, who produced the deftest of touches to set Welbeck up.
    • 88'
      GOAL! ARSENAL HAVE ONE BACK! Welbeck and Ozil combine immensely on the edge of the box, the latter producing a sublime backheel to put his team-mate through on goal. The former Manchester United striker bends a cool finish into the far corner beyond Pantilimon, setting up a tense finale!
    • 90'
      THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE EQUALISER! Iwobi pulls the trigger from 20 yards and the ball comes back off the post! Pantilimon cannot collect the loose ball and dives in to try and reclaim it. Welbeck spins away and tries to convert with his back to goal, but lifts his shot over the top-right corner!

    Line Up




    Mikel Arteta
    Vladimir Ivic



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 8 6
    Yellow Cards 1 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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