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Football: FA Cup semi-final result

English FA Cup semi-final result on Saturday: At Wembley: Wigan 1 (Gomez 63-pen) Arsenal 1 (Mertesacker 82), after extra-time, 1-1 after 90 mins Arsenal win 4-2 on penalties Playing Sunday At Wembley: Hull v Sheffield United (1507GMT) afp

Football: Mertesacker salutes gritty Gunners

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker hailed his side's character as the Gunners survived a stern examination from holders Wigan to book their place in the FA Cup final. Arsene Wenger's team trailed to Jordi Gomez's second half penalty and were just eight minutes away from suffering an embarrassing defeat against their Championship opponents in Saturday's semi-final at Wembley. But Germany centre-back Mertesacker stooped to head in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's scuffed shot and the Gunners held their nerve to win the penalty shoot-out 4-2 following the 1-1 draw after extra-time.

Football: Mertesacker, Rosicky sign new Arsenal deals

German centre-back Per Mertesacker and long-serving Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky have extended their contracts at Arsenal, the Premier League title contenders announced on Tuesday. Mertesacker, 29, has established himself as a first-team regular since signing from Werder Bremen in August 2011, while 33-year-old Rosicky is now in his eighth season at the club. Arsenal did not disclose the length of either player's contract extension. "We are delighted that Mertesacker and Rosicky have committed their futures to the club," said manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal's Mertesacker says defensive stats unreal

(Reuters) - Arsenal have not lost a Premier League match where Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have completed the full 90 minutes for more than two years - a statistic the German defender struggles to comprehend. A 2-1 reverse to Manchester City on January 22, 2012 was the last time the league leaders lost with the pair at the back, a streak that now stands at 32 matches, including 23 wins.

Football: English Premier League result

English Premier League result on Saturday: Manchester City 6 (Aguero 14, Negredo 39, Fernandinho 50, 88, Silva 66, Toure 90-pen) Arsenal 3 (Walcott 31, 63, Mertesacker 90) Playing later (1500GMT unless stated) Cardiff v West Brom, Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Everton v Fulham, Hull v Stoke (1730GMT), Newcastle v Southampton, West Ham v Sunderland Playing Sunday Aston Villa v Manchester United (1330GMT), Norwich v Swansea (1330GMT), Tottenham v Liverpool (1600GMT) afp

Football: Mertesacker tells Arsenal to prove title credentials

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has challenged his team to use Saturday's crunch clash at Manchester City to prove they can cope with the pressure of the Premier League title race. Arsene Wenger's side head to Eastlands still reeling from a 2-0 defeat against Napoli on Wednesday which could prove a fatal blow to their hopes of winning the Champions League.

Football: Arsenal's Mertesacker doesn't fear big guns in Euro draw

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker insists his side have nothing to fear if they are drawn against one of Europe's superpowers in the Champions League. Arsene Wenger's team will face either Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Paris Saint Germain when the last 16 draw is made in Switzerland on Monday. The Gunners needed only a point against Napoli on Wednesday to be sure of winning Group F, which would have given them an easier draw in the knockout stages.

Football: Mertesacker backs Ozil to inspire leaders Arsenal

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has warned his side's Premier League title rivals the best is still to come from star midfielder Mesut Ozil. Arsene Wenger's side head to Cardiff on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top of the table before the rest of the title challengers play on Sunday. A win would move the Gunners seven points clear of second placed Liverpool, who face Hull 24 hours later, and Mertesacker is confident they will do just that if Ozil is at his best in Arsenal's first league fixture at Cardiff since 1961.

Football: English Premier League results

English Premier League results on Saturday: Fulham 0 Arsenal 1 (Mertesacker 43) Norwich 2 (R. Bennett 50, E. Bennett 52) Reading 1 (McCleary 72) QPR 0 Stoke 2 (Crouch 42, Walters 77-pen) Sunderland 1 (Sessegnon 45) Everton 0 Swansea 0 Southampton 0 West Brom 1 (Jones 64) Newcastle 1 (Gouffran 8) West Ham 2 (Jarvis 21, Nolan 80) Wigan 0 Playing Sunday Liverpool v Chelsea (1500GMT), Tottenham v Manchester City (1230GMT) Playing Monday Manchester Utd v Aston Villa (1900GMT) afp

Football: Rosicky brace fires Arsenal into top four

Arsenal enhanced their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday thanks to two goals from Tomas Rosicky. The Czech Republic international scored either side of half-time in an enthralling Premier League clash at The Hawthorns that saw the Gunners climb to fourth place in the table. Arsene Wenger's side were coasting to victory until Per Mertesacker was sent off after he brought down Albion striker Shane Long inside the box.
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