Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool: Podolski strikes as Gunners cling on for quarter-final spot

Arsenal held off a late fight back from Liverpool to book their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring after the hosts had weathered an early spell of dominance from Liverpool, with the England international collecting Yaya Sanogo’s blocked shot inside the box and firing it into the back of the net.

The 20-year-old winger was influential in the Gunners’ second goal too, racing in behind Daniel Agger just after the restart and cutting the ball back to Lukas Podolski, who hit a first-time effort beyond Brad Jones.

The German goalscorer quickly went from hero to villan, though, as he clipped Luis Suarez’s ankles inside the penalty area. Howard Webb pointed to the spot and skipper Steven Gerrard buried the resulting spot-kick, though the Merseysiders could not find a second goal to force a replay.

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