Arsenal blanks Tottenham, books FA Cup fourth-round spot

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky scored in each half as Arsenal defeated Tottenham Hotspur, 2-0, to book a spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup Saturday at Emirates Stadium.

The Spurs went to work early as Christian Eriksen took the ball from Bacary Sagna on the edge of the box and headed towards Lukasz Fabianski’s goal.

Eriksen then fired straight at Fabianski from an increasingly tight angle but the Polish goalkeeper was up to the task, foiling the shot for one of his three saves of the match.

Then, the Gunners took over, breaking the deadlock in the 31st minute when Cazorla scored from a perfectly placed assist from Serge Gnabry.

In the 63rd minute, a mistake by Danny Rose allowed Rosicky to break through and effectively end the contest.

Under pressure from Kyle Walker, the Czech Republic international was coolness personified as he drew Hugo Lloris out before confidently clipping the ball over the rushing goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

“I think we controlled both sides of the game very well – attack and defense – and we showed good discipline throughout,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal’s next opponent will be known when the fourth-round draw takes place at Wembley Stadium Sunday afternoon following the Nottingham Forest-West Ham United tie.

In other matches, Sheffield United recorded one of then biggest FA Cup upsets when it ousted Premier League side Aston Villa, 2-1, at Villa Park.

Goals from Jamie Murphy and Ryan Flynn helped Sheffield book a spot in the Fourth Round, together with Stevenage, which defeated Doncaster, 3-2.

Grimsby Town suffered heartache as they were beaten 3-2 by Huddersfield Town in a five-goal thriller.

The Conference club twice took the lead against Championship opposition but were left cursing their luck when Aswad Thomas scored an own-goal in injury time to help Huddersfield win the game.

Other winners were Coventry, Everton, Cardiff City, Southend United, Yeovil, Crystal Palace, Stoke City and Hull.

Current FA Cup holder Wigan Athletic was held to a 3-3 draw by MK Dons while Norwich City and Fulham will have to meet again after they drew 1-1 at Carrow Road.

Macclesfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town and Preston North End, and Kidderminster Harriers and Peterbrough United will also have to replay after they drew their Third Round matches.

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