Didier Drogba muscled his way through for a late winner to put Chelsea into the FA Cup final with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday. The all-London clash rarely hit the heights on a difficult pitch, but Drogba’s 84th minute strike gave Guus Hiddink’s men a deserved victory and leaves them in contention for three trophies
Two goals in the last 17 minutes saw Arsenal fight back from going a goal behind to beat Hull City 2-1 and secure a Wembley date with Chelsea in the semifinals of the FA Cup. Despite being favorites to progress, in-form Arsenal had lost at home to Hull earlier in the season — and another surprise looked on the cards when the visitors took a 13th-minute lead. There appeared no danger when former England international Nick Barmby turned and shot for goal, but his well-timed strike took a deflection off Arsenal central defender Johan Djourou, causing the ball to loop over goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski
Andrey Arshavin scored his first goal for Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger’s side followed-up their midweek success on penalties in Rome by thumping Blackburn 4-0 on Saturday to move up to fourth place in the Premier League. The Gunners went ahead in the second minute when Theo Walcott’s cross from the right was sent goal-bound by Arshavin, but Dutch defender Andre Ooijer got the final touch to register an own goal. However, Russian Arshavin was not to be denied his goal — and it duly came in the second half when he ghosted past defender Danny Simpson before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Paul Robinson into the roof of the net
Jose Mourinho drew first blood in his battle with old adversary Alex Ferguson as Serie A leaders Inter Milan denied Manchester United a vital away goal in their Champions League first leg clash at the San Siro on Wednesday.