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Ledley ends Cardiff’s 81-year wait to reach the FA Cup final

Cardiff City booked a place in the FA Cup final for the first time in 81 years as Joe Ledley's goal clinched a 1-0 semifinal win over Barnsley on Sunday. Ledley's first-half volley at Wembley was enough to set up a final clash against Portsmouth on May 17 and make Cardiff the first Championship club to reach English football's domestic showpiece since Millwall in 2004.

Big guns shot down in FA Cup

English football's big guns were shot down in flames on Saturday as Chelsea and Manchester United crashed out of the FA Cup quarterfinals in two of the famous old competition's most remarkable upsets. Between them Chelsea and United have won four of the last five Premier League titles and boast some of the world's finest players.

Wenger confident despite Milan stalemate

Arsene Wenger admits AC Milan are favourites to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals at Arsenal's expense but he remains confident his side can defy the odds in the San Siro. The Gunners were frustrated as Milan's aging maestros gave a defensive masterclass in Wednesday's goalless last-16, first-leg draw.

We won’t crack, Wenger tells United

Arsene Wenger has warned Manchester United that Arsenal won't be affected by the pressure of leading from the front in the Premier League title race. Wenger's side extended their advantage over United to five points with a 2-0 win over Blackburn on Monday and the French coach took encouragement from the way they once again handled a tricky situation.

Spurs crush Arsenal to reach League Cup final

Tottenham finally got the better of Arsenal as they booked a place in the League Cup final with a 5-1 rout of their north London rivals in Tuesday's semifinal second leg. Juande Ramos's side had endured a miserable nine-year sequence of 21 matches without a victory over the Gunners, but they swept away those bitter memories in style at White Hart Lane.

Gallas expects Spurs to crack again

William Gallas believes the fear factor can help Arsenal reach the League Cup final and extend their long unbeaten run against Tottenham on Tuesday. Gallas's side travel to White Hart Lane for the League Cup semifinal second leg with the tie delicately poised at 1-1.

Gerrard treble gives Benitez a boost

Rafa Benitez finally got some good news as Steven Gerrard's hat-trick helped Liverpool cruise into the FA Cup fourth round with a 5-0 win against crisis-ridden League One outfit Luton on Tuesday. Benitez's position looks increasingly untenable after Liverpool's American owners admitted they held talks with Jurgen Klinsmann over the manager's job late last year.

Benitez fights for Liverpool future

Rafa Benitez has enjoyed hero status among Liverpool fans for much of his reign but he looked distinctly mortal as he trudged across Kenilworth Road's sodden turf on Sunday. Benitez, brow furrowed and hands thrust deep into his pockets, cut a dejected figure and understandably so after a day he will want to forget in a hurry.

United ready to flex muscles as title race hots up

Louis Saha expects Manchester United's superior squad to give the champions a decisive edge as the Premier League title fight hots up. Sir Alex Ferguson rested Carlos Tevez, Ryan Giggs, Anderson and Patrice Evra against Sunderland on Wednesday but United still coasted to an emphatic 4-0 victory that took them back to the top of the table.

Wenger starts title countdown

Arsene Wenger is already counting down the days until the end of the season as Arsenal try to hold onto their position on top of the Premier League. Wenger's side lead Manchester United by one point and the Gunners boss knows that the last four teams to be in pole position on Christmas Day went on to win the title.

Wenger expects four-horse race

Arsene Wenger has the destiny of the Premier League in his control but the Arsenal manager expects a four-way battle before he gets his hands on the title. Wenger's side remain one point clear of Manchester United at the top of the table after William Gallas clinched a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

Adebayor sends Arsenal five points clear

Emmanuel Adebayor sent Arsenal five points clear at the top of the Premier League as Arsene Wenger's side won 2-1 against Aston Villa on Saturday. Adebayor headed the winner to extend Arsenal's lead over second placed Chelsea after Mathieu Flamini had cancelled out Craig Gardner's opener at Villa Park.

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