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Could they meet in the FA Cup Final? Draw splits Arsenal and Spurs in the semis

14 March, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

BATTEN down the hatches! North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs could still meet in the FA Cup final for the first time after the draw for the last four of the competition kept them apart.

There are daunting tasks ahead: Arsenal need to beat Manchester City and Tottenham must overcome Premier League leaders Chelsea, but success for both would set up a historic climax to the competition.

Although they have never met in the final, the clubs did meet each other in three semi-finals over the space of ten years, starting with Tottenham’s famous 3-1 win over the Gunners at Wembley in 1991, inspired by Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker. The scale of the fixture was one of the reasons the semi-finals were switched to Wembley.

Arsenal drew revenge two years later, when Tony Adams scored the only goal of a second north London derby semi-final. Robert Pires later scored the winner in a 2-1 victory for Arsenal in the semis of the 2001 competition, as Spurs were beaten at Old Trafford while Wembley was being redeveloped.

FA CUP DRAW
CHELSEA vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
ARSENAL vs MANCHESTER CITY

 

 

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