Arsenal scraped their way into the FA Cup final by beating holders Wigan on penalties to keep alive their hopes of ending a nine-year trophy drought.

Jordi Gomez's penalty put the Latics on course to reach another final, but Per Mertesacker's late equaliser maintained Arsenal's hopes of winning their first silverware since they claimed this trophy in 2005.

The teams could not be separated by extra time and, when it went to penalties, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski saved Wigan's first two spot-kicks, from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison, to put Arsenal on the way to a meeting with either Hull City or Sheffield United.

Lukasz Fabianski

Mikel Arteta, Kim Kallstrom and Olivier Giroud were all on target for Arsenal - while James McArthur and Jean Beausejour scored for Wigan - leaving Santi Cazorla to send the Gunners fans wild with celebration and relief with the decisive penalty.

Arsenal had the better of the chances before penalties, with Wigan keeper Scott Carson twice denying Yaya Sanogo, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hitting the woodwork in extra time.

On a day when Everton moved ahead of Arsenal in the race for a place in next season's Champions League with victory at Sunderland, this will provide a lift in confidence for Arsene Wenger's side, despite a largely unconvincing display.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler can be justifiably proud of his players, who can now concentrate on their main priority of winning promotion back to the Premier League.

Penalty kings

Arsenal have won seven of their past eight penalty shootouts

Wenger stuck with his policy of replacing Wojciech Szczesny with Fabianski and playing Sanogo in attack, and the youngster almost made the crucial early breakthrough.

Carson, with nightmare memories of Wembley after his error when thrust into England's Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia, did brilliantly to get down to Sanogo's header as he met Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.

He also did well to race from goal to block Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanogo again, but Wigan grew into the game and Callum McManaman, man of the match in last season's FA Cup final win against Manchester City, was emerging as a real threat to the uncertain Nacho Monreal.

Bacary Sagna had another good chance for Arsenal when Mertesacker flicked on Arteta's corner, but his finish at the far post was high and off target.

McManaman was the central figure as Wigan went ahead after 63 minutes, referee Michael Oliver having an easy decision as Mertesacker dived in recklessly in the area.

An injury to Monreal, which required his replacement by Kieran Gibbs, meant almost a four-minute delay before Gomez could take his kick, but he remained commendably cool to beat Fabianski with a perfect penalty.

Wembley win

Arsenal had lost both previous matches they had played at the new Wembley Stadium 2-1, to Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup semi-final and to Birmingham in the 2011 League Cup final

Wenger needed to react but his decision to replace Lukas Podolski, rather than the struggling Sanogo, with Giroud was met with a loud chorus of jeering from the increasingly anxious Gunners fans.

Arsenal, as they had to do, finally demonstrated a greater sense of urgency, and a frantic few seconds led to the equaliser after 82 minutes.

Sagna had headed against the post and Carson had again saved superbly from Gibbs before Mertesacker arrived at the far post to score with a stooping header from Gibbs's scuffed shot.

Arsenal carried the momentum into extra time, and Carson excelled once more to turn over a fine rising shot on the turn from Sanogo.

The Gunners had gathered momentum and only the woodwork saved Wigan as Oxlade-Chamberlain's powerful shot rattled out off the angle of post and bar with Carson helpless.

Then came penalties - and the shot at a trophy Arsenal have waited for since 2005.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan Athletic

  • 01 Carson
  • 24 Perch
  • 22 Beausejour Booked
  • 03 Crainey
  • 21 Ramis (Caldwell - 86' )
  • 17 Boyce
  • 04 McEachran (Collison - 64' Booked )
  • 16 McArthur Booked
  • 32 Fortuné
  • 15 McManaman (Powell - 68' )
  • 14 Jordi Gómez Booked

Substitutes

  • 05 Caldwell
  • 10 Maloney
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 19 Powell
  • 25 Barnett
  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 34 Collison

Arsenal

  • 21 Fabianski
  • 03 Sagna
  • 17 Monreal (Gibbs - 63' )
  • 16 Ramsey (Källström - 113' )
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 08 Arteta
  • 22 Sanogo
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 09 Podolski (Giroud - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 12 Giroud
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 29 Källström
  • 37 Akpom
  • 42 Eisfeld
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 82,185

Match Stats

Shots

9 27

On target

2 9

Corners

2 8

Fouls

17 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1(2), Arsenal 1(4).

120:00 +5:00

Penalty Shootout ends, Wigan Athletic 1(2), Arsenal 1(4).

120:00 +4:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1(2), Arsenal 1(4). Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

120:00 +4:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1(2), Arsenal 1(3). James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

120:00 +3:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1(1), Arsenal 1(3). Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

120:00 +2:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1(1), Arsenal 1(2). Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

120:00 +2:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1(2). Kim Källström (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

120:00 +1:38

Penalty saved! Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

120:00 +0:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1(1). Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 +0:16

Penalty saved! Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

120:00 Penalty shootout

Penalty Shootout begins Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1.

120:00 +0:59

Second Half Extra Time ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1.

120:00 +0:47

Attempt blocked. Kim Källström (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

120:00 +0:27 Booking

Booking Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

120:00 +0:23

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

120:00 +0:23

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

115:48

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McArthur.

115:20

Attempt blocked. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

114:46

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

114:46

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

114:01

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

114:01

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

113:23

Attempt missed. Kim Källström (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a headed pass.

112:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Kim Källström replaces Aaron Ramsey.

112:29

Attempt missed. Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Perch with a cross.

111:08

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

111:08

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

110:06

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

109:05

Attempt missed. Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.

108:03

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

108:03

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

107:08

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

107:08

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

106:22

Hand ball by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1.

105:02

First Half Extra Time ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1.

103:09

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

103:09

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

101:34

Attempt missed. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

100:43

Attempt blocked. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

98:20

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

98:20

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

97:24

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Per Mertesacker with a headed pass following a corner.

96:41

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Scott Carson.

96:37

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

94:21

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

93:33

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

92:15

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné with a headed pass.

90:10

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a headed pass.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1.

90:00 +4:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1.

90:00 +3:53

Offside, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

90:00 +3:52

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

90:00 +3:30 Booking

Booking Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:25

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:25

Foul by Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +2:25 Booking

Booking James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:17

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:17

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +1:27

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

89:51

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

89:51

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:11

Attempt missed. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

88:45

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

88:04

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:04

Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).

86:40

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

85:49

Offside, Arsenal. Mikel Arteta tries a through ball, but Yaya Sanogo is caught offside.

85:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gary Caldwell replaces Iván Ramis because of an injury.

84:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:46

Delay in match Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

81:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 1. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following a corner.

81:33

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo following a corner.

81:30

Attempt blocked. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

81:06

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

81:02

Attempt blocked. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo with a headed pass.

80:04

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) hits the left post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross following a corner.

79:34

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Scott Carson.

78:09 Booking

Booking Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:11

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

77:11

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:03

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:03

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

73:47

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

73:01

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jordi Gómez.

69:47

Hand ball by Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic).

67:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Lukas Podolski.

67:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces Callum McManaman.

66:36

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a cross.

65:12

Attempt blocked. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

63:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jack Collison replaces Joshua McEachran.

62:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Arsenal 0. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

62:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Nacho Monreal because of an injury.

61:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:44

Delay in match Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) because of an injury.

58:39

Penalty conceded by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) after a foul in the penalty area.

58:39

Penalty Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman draws a foul in the penalty area.

56:19

Hand ball by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

53:28

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:53

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.

50:52

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

50:52

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:02

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:02

Foul by Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic).

45:25

Offside, Arsenal. Thomas Vermaelen tries a through ball, but Lukas Podolski is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 0, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +0:16

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by James Perch.

43:35

Offside, Arsenal. Lukas Podolski tries a through ball, but Yaya Sanogo is caught offside.

43:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:30

Delay in match James Perch (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

41:48

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Podolski.

40:52

Offside, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal tries a through ball, but Lukas Podolski is caught offside.

40:09

Attempt missed. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

39:02

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:02

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

38:21

Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua McEachran.

37:24

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

36:38

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

36:38

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:18

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but James Perch is caught offside.

34:14

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

30:47

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:47

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

29:03

Offside, Arsenal. Lukasz Fabianski tries a through ball, but Lukas Podolski is caught offside.

26:41

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

26:41

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:28

Attempt missed. Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

25:26

Attempt blocked. Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

24:51

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

19:22

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

19:22

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:20

Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal).

18:20

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:55

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:55

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

15:20

Offside, Arsenal. Bacary Sagna tries a through ball, but Yaya Sanogo is caught offside.

14:16

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Scott Carson.

13:48

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:48

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

12:32

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:32

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

8:34

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:34

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

7:20

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

7:20

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:57

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

2:36

Offside, Arsenal. Bacary Sagna tries a through ball, but Aaron Ramsey is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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