Wigan eye another upset

Wigan eye another upset

FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic will aim to cause another massive upset after last season's triumph over Manchester City when they face Arsenal in the first of two intriguing semifinals at Wembley on Saturday.

Hull City, who have never reached the final and whose only semifinal appearance came 85 years ago, take on once-powerful Sheffield United in the second match on Sunday.
United, FA Cup winners four times between 1899 and 1925, are bidding to become the first club from the third tier to reach the final.

While their Premier League status means Arsenal, the 10-times FA Cup winners, and Hull start as favourites, neither Wigan or United are likely to be easy fodder.

Wigan are challenging for promotion after last season's unwanted double when they became the first club to win the FA Cup and suffer relegation from the top-flight in the same season, while United's form has improved after a slow start.

Arsenal's last trophy was the 2005 FA Cup and manager Arsene Wenger, a four-time winner, will be desperate to end that drought and rebuild the fragile confidence of his side. The Gunners have won only twice in their last nine league matches, dropping to fourth after having led for much of the season, and they are even in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season for the first time under Wenger.