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Arsenal upbeat

London: FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic will aim to cause another seismic upset after last season’s triumph over Manchester City when they face Arsenal in the first of two intriguing semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday.

Arsenal’s last trophy was the 2005 FA Cup and manager Arsene Wenger, a four-time winner, will be desperate to end that drought and rebuild the fragile confidence of his side.

The Gunners have won only twice in their last nine league matches, dropping to fourth after having led for much of the season, and they are even in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season for the first time under Wenger.

The Frenchman will hope fit-again Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who was on top form earlier in the season, can provide the spark they lacked in a 0-3 mauling at Everton on Sunday.

However, Wigan will not be overawed by Arsenal’s reputation and, although in a lower division, are probably in better shape than last May when they beat hot favourites City 1-0 after Ben Watson’s late goal produced the biggest final shock for years. (Agencies)