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Arsene Wenger ‘sad’ as Arsenal’s FA Cup reign ends [VIDEO]

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he felt "sad" after seeing his side's two-year reign as FA Cup holders ended by a 2-1 quarter-final loss to Watford on Sunday.

FA Cup winners in 2014 and 2015, Arsenal were bidding to become the first team to win the competition for three consecutive years since Blackburn Rovers between 1884 and 1886.

Arsene Wenger ‘sad’ as Arsenal’s FA Cup reign ends [VIDEO]

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he felt "sad" after seeing his side's two-year reign as FA Cup holders ended by a 2-1 quarter-final loss to Watford on Sunday.

FA Cup winners in 2014 and 2015, Arsenal were bidding to become the first team to win the competition for three consecutive years since Blackburn Rovers between 1884 and 1886.

FA Cup: Dimitri Payet Nets Brace Of Beauties As West Ham Hammer Blackburn 5-1 (Video)

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French playmaker Dimitri Payet has one of the stars of the season so far, with the Frenchman's eye for a goal and creativity firing West Ham to what has been a superb campaign in both the league and FA Cup. On Sunday against Blackburn Rovers, the 28-year-old netted two fantastic goals which helped the Hammers to a 5-1 win and set up a quarter-final clash with either Manchester United or Shrewsbury Town.

Videos: Dimitri Payet scores free-kick and solo goal (Blackburn 1-5 West Ham)

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Possible Liverpool line up vs West Ham - Three Key players back for Reds, Live Stream Info

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Liverpool travel to Boleyn Ground to face West Ham in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday night, with a fifth round clash away to Blackburn Rovers is at stake for both the teams.

FA Cup: 5th Round Draw Sees Chelsea Face Man City, Holders Arsenal Host Hull, Man Utd Travel To Shrewsbury

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Fresh from battering MK Dons 5-1 on Sunday, Guus Hiddink's Chelsea were handed a titanic clash when the 5th round draw was made, with Manchester City travelling to Stamford Bridge in what should be a classic encounter.

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Holders Arsenal will host Hull City, in what will be a repeat of the 2013/14 final (they also met in the 3rd round last season), while Manchester United will travel to New Meadow to face League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Petr Cech stirred by Arsenal’s defense of FA Cup trophy

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The FA Cup still holds the same allure for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech as he embarks upon his quest for a fifth success in the 145-year-old competition this weekend.

A four-time FA Cup winner with Chelsea, Cech is hoping to help Arsenal win the FA Cup for the third year running a feat last achieved by Blackburn Rovers between 1884 and 1886.

Petr Cech stirred by Arsenal’s defense of FA Cup trophy

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The FA Cup still holds the same allure for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech as he embarks upon his quest for a fifth success in the 145-year-old competition this weekend.

A four-time FA Cup winner with Chelsea, Cech is hoping to help Arsenal win the FA Cup for the third year running a feat last achieved by Blackburn Rovers between 1884 and 1886.

Reds Through To Wembley Semi Final

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Liverpool progressed to the semi finals of the FA Cup on Wednesday evening after a 70 minute Philippe Coutinho strike was enough to see Brendan Rodgers' side through. It was a tough game for the Reds who held a lot of possession but did little with it.

Video: Highlights of Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool, including Philippe Coutinho’s goal

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Jordan Henderson races from newborn baby to play for Liverpool at Blackburn

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Tactics Review: Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

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Watch Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool FA Cup quarter-final replay match highlights [VIDEO]

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Brendan Rodgers thought the much-publicized review meeting he held with Liverpool's players on Sunday paved the way for them to get back to winning ways in the FA Cup.

The Reds boss had denied a report that an internal meeting following the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal had descended into crisis talks and his players responded on the pitch by booking their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with a hard-fought 1-0 replay victory over Blackburn.

Watch Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool FA Cup quarter-final replay match highlights [VIDEO]

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Brendan Rodgers thought the much-publicized review meeting he held with Liverpool's players on Sunday paved the way for them to get back to winning ways in the FA Cup.

The Reds boss had denied a report that an internal meeting following the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal had descended into crisis talks and his players responded on the pitch by booking their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with a hard-fought 1-0 replay victory over Blackburn.

Blackburn vs Liverpool 2015 Highlights FA Cup 0-1 Coutinho Goal Video

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Photos: Philippe Coutinho gives Liverpool the lead at Blackburn

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PHOTOS: @Phil_Coutinho scores and celebrates his opening goal for #LFC against Blackburn pic.twitter.com/mgYDAamoGB Liverpool FC (@LFC) April...

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Blackburn Rovers vs Liverpool, FA Cup quarter-final replay: TV times and open thread

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Liverpool supporters dreaming of a FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa will want to be cautious about today's quarter-final replay against Blackburn. The Rovers are a tough team to beat and feature quite a few dangerous players such as Jordan Rhodes, Rudy Gestede, Joshua King, Martin Olsson and others.

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Photo: Jordan Rhodes poses with a Middlesbrough shirt after signing from Blackburn

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Blackburn Legend Alan Shearer Has Road Named After Him Outside Ewood Park (Photos)

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It may seem positively ludicrous to Pies fans of a younger persuasion but there was a time, not so very long ago, when poky little Blackburn Rovers were crowned champions of the Premier League.

This was largely to do with the fact that Rovers happened to employ Alan Shearer at that time, a man whowould regularly stick away 30+ goals a season and think nothing of it.

Oldham Athletic Friendly Disrupted By Massive Swarm Of Bees (Photos)

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Kick-off of Oldham Athletics's pre-season friendly against Blackburn Rovers over the weekend had to be delayed by several minutes after a throng of unwanted guests stormed the pitchand set up camp in one of the goalmouths.

Whileinspecting the pitch before the game, the referee noticed that one of the goals had beenbesieged by a gigantic swarm of bees.

Videos

On This Day In 2006: David Bentley Becomes First Player To Stick Three Goals Past Man Utd In The Premier League (Video)

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The highs in David Bentley's career may have ended up being few and far between – and we're mostly talking about scoring from the halfway line for Tottenhamagainst Arsenal and tipping a barrel of icy water over Harry Redknapp live on televisionhere.

However,after his first match as a full-time Blackburn player it seemed the world should havebeen his lobster.

Video: Angry Leeds ball boy hurls the ball at Blackburn’s Ben Marshall

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On This Day In 1997: Blackburn Rovers Stick Seven Past Sheffield Wednesday In Nine-Goal Thriller At Ewood (Video)

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Under Roy Hodgson's guidance, Blackburn Rovers were attempting to regain the heights that had seen them take the Premier League title in 1995/96.

That success had been followed by a season of abject disappointment after reigning champions Rovers first floggedtheir main goal threat, Alan Shearer, for a world-record £15million fee and then proceeded to wash up in 13th place in the 1996/97 campaign.

Random Great Goals: Steven Reid Unleashes 98mph Missile Against Wigan, 2005 (Video)

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We originally earmarked this goal for inclusion in our 'When Crap Players Score Great Goals' feature yesterday, but we felt we were being a touch harsh on Steven Reid who wasn't really all that crap, just remorselessly hampered by injuries throughout the latter half of his career.

Random Great Goals: Brad Friedel Joins The Ancient Masonic Order Of Goal-Scoring Goalies, 2004 (Video)

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"Holy crud! Total scorezone!"

We all knew this day would come eventually, but Brad Friedel has announced that he is to retire at the end of the current season.

Born in the same year the food processor was invented, Friedel will become the oldest player in Premier League history should he be given a ceremonial run-out during either of Tottenham's finaltwo games.

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool: The Best Bits

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After a difficult couple of weeks, Liverpool gave their fans something to shout about on Wednesday night, with the Reds booking their place at Wembley after a hard-fought win away at Blackburn.

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Without the suspended Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel and Emre Can, the Reds found it difficult to get their passing game going on a poor pitch, while Blackburn, with in-form targetman Rudy Gestade only on the bench, struggled to muster any sort of attacking threat.

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TTU Go Predicting: A Club-by-Club Championship Preview 2015-16

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Despite the grumblings of the odd curmudgeon, AFC Bournemouth's promotion to the Premier League in 2014-5 made it a memorable campaign for up and coming clubs last year and the competition looks perhaps yet more even this time out. Relegated clubs are usually among the picks to hop straight back but here is our assessment of the riders and runners for the fray that commences tomorrow evening.

20 of the best Football League players in 2014/15 – Gems of the Lower Leagues Special

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Aston Villa sign Rudy Gestede from Blackburn Rovers

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NEW RECRUIT: All-smiles as gaffer Tim Sherwood welcomes new boy Rudy Gestede. #AVFC #WelcomeRudy pic.twitter.com/IkokdXtRGK Aston Villa FC...

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Rudy Can’t Fail: Aston Villa Complete £6m Deal To Pinch Target Man Gestede From Blackburn

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No official word from either side as yet, but the photos of Rudy Gestede proudly holding his new Aston Villa shirt aloft are already doing the rounds on Twitter.

Gestede moves to Villa from Blackburn Rovers for a reported fee of £6million...

While it seems Jordan Rhodes is the man attracting the silly money, it was Gestede who proved far more impressive for Blackburn last season, at least for Pies' money.

Aston Villa in talks to sign French striker Rudy Gestede from Blackburn

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Aston Villla are in talks with Blackburn over the sale of striker Rudy Gestede.

The forward has been linked with a move to Villa Park and negotiations are ongoing between the clubs, Press Association Sport understands.

The 26-year-old scored 22 goals for Rovers last season as they finished ninth in the Sky Bet Championship and has netted 34 times in 65 games for the club.

Aston Villa in talks to sign French striker Rudy Gestede from Blackburn

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Aston Villla are in talks with Blackburn over the sale of striker Rudy Gestede.

The forward has been linked with a move to Villa Park and negotiations are ongoing between the clubs, Press Association Sport understands.

The 26-year-old scored 22 goals for Rovers last season as they finished ninth in the Sky Bet Championship and has netted 34 times in 65 games for the club.

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Beware The Hype Machine: Eight Euro U21 Wonderkids Whose Star Faded Early

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Italian admits he's completely confused by Manchester United letting midfield transfer happen

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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo believes Manchester United made a mistake in letting Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford.

The Frenchman joined Man United as a youngster in 2009 but eventually left for Juventus three years later after becoming disheartened by a lack of first-team opportunities.

Pogba has since suggested the final straw for him was watching Sir Alex Ferguson favour Rafael and Park Ji-sung in central midfield in a match against Blackburn Rovers in 2011.

Finances

The Financial Underbelly: Queens Park Rangers

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This summer, a serious new broom is sweeping through Loftus Road, the current home of Queens Park Rangers.

Four new players have joined since the cessation of hostilities in May and each has a very different image from the ragbag of a shower of ex-internationals, cronies and never has-beens brought to Shepherd's Bush by Harry Redknapp and others.

The Financial Underbelly: Blackburn Rovers

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Next up in our summer series is Phil Lloyd who initially got in touch to contribute an entry to our Great Football League Teams series back in 2012 but has since been forced by the continuing tenure of Venky's at Ewood Park to restrict his missives to contemporary matters. Phil can be followed on twitter at @PhilLloyd6.

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Turkish Legend Hakan Sukur Faces Four Years In Jail For Insulting President Erdogan On Twitter

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Turkey's legendary strikerHakan Sukurcould face up to four years in prison after the former Galatasaray and Inter Milan star was charged by Turkish prosecutors with insulting President Erdogan on Twitter.

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According to a Turkish news agency, the 44-year-old 'Bull of the Bosphorus' posted Tweets from his @HakanSukur account which contained"insulting content against Mr President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son.

‘To Leave Sunderland Is Superb’ – Painfully Goal Shy Striker Danny Graham Joins Blackburn On Loan

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Despite having started the last few games (albeit out on the left wing), Danny Graham has been allowed to leave Sunderland in order to join Blackburn Rovers on loan for the rest of the season.

That said, given thatGraham departs with a frankly abysmal record of just 1 goal in 44 appearances for the Black Cats, it's perhaps not hard to see why Sam Allardyce was perfectly happy to let him swan off.

Chelsea linked with bid for Blackburn flop Nikola Kalinic

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Former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic is a transfer target for Chelsea, according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. The 27-year-old...

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Blackburn Rovers 2015/16 Nike Home Kit

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Former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers Football Club return to action on August 8th with [...]