Another one bites the dust

Soccer - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers - Emirates Stadium
Blackburn celebrate their FA Cup victory over Arsenal

Arsenal became the latest premier league team to fall to lower league opposition (losing1-0 to Blackburn) as the FA Cup continues to produce some shock results.

So far in this seasons competition eight premier league teams have lost to lower league opposition – twice as many as last season.

With three ties in the fifth round remaining (Man Utd play Reading on February 18th, Everton – after only managing a draw  – have a replay against Oldham and Chelsea head to Championship side Middlesbrough to complete the final tie of the round) top flight teams were outnumbered 9-6 heading into the weekend of the fifth round.

Sadly for non- league side Luton – only the sixth non league side since World War Two to reach the fifth round – their fairy tale run came to an end after a 3-0 defeat to Championship side Millwall.

As for Arsenal they will have to pick themselves up and turn their attention to the Champions League tie against German high flyers Bayern Munich on Tuesday, as they strive to win their first trophy in eight years, but its not looking good.

Danny Baker, via Twitter: “Most Millwall supporters are disappointed Arsenal are out. Not because we fancied a ‘glamour’ tie but because Blackburn will be harder to beat.”

The Quarterfinals of the FA Cup take place on the weekend of March 9th/10th, and with the way things are going there is a very good chance that a lower league team will make it all the way to the final.

 The FA Cup Quarter Final draw:

  • Oldham Athletic or Everton v Wigan Athletic
  • Millwall v Blackburn Rovers*
  • Manchester City v Barnsley
  • Manchester United or Reading v Middlesbrough or Chelsea

* This tie guarantees a Championship side will make it to the Semi-finals

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