Arsenal beat Hull 2-1 to reach FA Cup semi-finals

A controversial William Gallas goal on 83 minutes gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over Hull in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last night at the Emirates. The result earned the Gunners a semi-final showdown with rivals Chelsea at Wembley next month.

But it was Hull who had the better of the first half and they deservedly took the lead on eleven minutes when veteran midfielder Nicky Barmby's shot deflected off the luckless Johan Djourou and beyond Lukasz Fabianski in the Arsenal goal.

Andrei Arshavin was again prominent for the Gunners and looks to have quickly settled into Arsene Wenger's team. The Russian midfielder was instrumental in setting up Arsenal's equalizer when he played a perfect lay-off from a Niklas Bendtner cross to allow Robin van Persie to smash the ball past Boaz Myhill in the Hull goal.

The Gunners continued to press for a late winner and were ultimately rewarded in controversial circumstance. Samir Nasri floated a free-kick into the box which erstwhile captain William Gallas headed in from an offside position. The goal stood despite protests from the Hull players booking the Gunners' a place at Wembley.

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