Blackburn Rovers put all their problems behind them to shock Arsenal at the Emirates to end all realistic hope of a trophy for the Gunners. Arsenal unsurprisingly dominated proceedings in their own backyard against the Championship dwellers. Gervinho’s poor decision making was the frustrating aspect for the Gunners, who had an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot blocked by Martin Olsson before Tomas Rosicky rattled the crossbar. Arsene Wenger decided to throw on the cavalry in the form of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla with 20 minutes to go but a few minutes after their arrival Blackburn were ahead courtesy of Colin Kazim-Richards.
Martin Olsson broke away from his shackles on the left to fire a stinging shot across Wojciech Szczesny, whose parry went straight to Kazim-Richards to then scuff the ball into the back of the net off the woodwork and past a stranded Thomas Vermaelen.
There was a late charge from the home side as Thei Walcott directed a header straight at Jake Kean while Mikel Arteta then struck the side-netting. The frantic finish couldn’t bring forth a goal for the 2nd most successful team in the competition’s history as they now face an incredible 8th season without a single trophy.