11 Mar 2014

Arsenal cruise into FA Cup semis

5:12 am on 11 March 2014

Arsenal's cruised into English football's FA Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Everton.

Arsene Wenger's side remain on course to finally end their nine-year trophy drought thanks to an enterprising quarter-final display in the spring sunshine in north London.

With Arsenal's Champions League hopes hanging by a slender thread when they travel to Bayern Munich this week trailing 2-0 from the first leg and their Premier League title charge fading, the FA Cup could represent their best chance for silverware this season.

The other three FA Cup quarter-finals, including Manchester City against holders Wigan Athletic, are played on Monday.

Chelsea have extended their lead at the top of the premier league with a four-nil trouncing of Tottenham.

The win lifts Chelsea seven points above Liverpool and Arsenal, who both have a game in hand, and nine points clear of fourth-place Manchester City, who will have three games in hand.

Manchester United kept their fading hopes of Champions League qualification alive with a 3-0 win over West Bromwick Albion.

The win takes the defending champions to within nine points of fourth-place Manchester City, although they have played two more games.

In other matches Southampton beat Crystal Palace 1-0, Cardiff City had a 3-1 win over Fulham and Norwich and Stoke drew 1-1.