FA Cup Fifth Round Standout Stats: Home Comforts Help Arsenal Progress

Joshua HaywardContributor IFebruary 16, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Lukas Podolski (L) of Arsenal celebrates with team mate Yaya Sanogo after scoring during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Round five of the FA Cup produced 17 goals from six games. One match was postponed due to poor weather conditions and one is yet to be played.

One side failed to register a single shot on target during the 90 minutes against a side they comfortably beat in the league less than two weeks ago, and another extended their unbeaten run in the competition to 11 games.

Here are the standout stats from the FA Cup fifth round.


Arsenal vs. Liverpool

Arsenal secured a spot in the sixth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners will now face Everton for a spot in the semi-finals and will be confident of progressing due to their stellar home record in English football's premier cup competition.

Arsene Wenger's side were rather fortunate to come though against Liverpool, having suffered a late onslaught, and they somehow avoided conceding a penalty as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clearly tripped Luis Suarez in the penalty area. The Gunners held out, however, securing their eighth victory in 17 FA Cup matches against the Merseyside club.

But the win for Arsenal extended their incredible record when playing on home soil in the FA Cup. The 10-time winners have lost just one of their last 37 FA Cup home games—winning 27 and drawing nine.


Manchester City vs. Chelsea

A misfiring Chelsea side were dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester City—a side they comfortably beat in the Premier League less than a fortnight ago.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15:  Steven Jovetic of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the first goal past Petr Cech of Chelsea during the FA Cup Fifth Round match sponsored by Budweiser between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on Feb
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However, the FA Cup clash was the complete opposite of the Blues' 1-0 victory over City in the league, as the hosts ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.

Goals from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri ensured City beat Chelsea for the fourth time in five FA Cup fixtures and secured them a quarter-final spot against last season's champions Wigan Athletic. Jose Mourinho's side failed to register a single shot on goal, and the defeat means that Chelsea have lost just two of their last 33 fixtures in the tournament, having won 25 and drawn six.


Cardiff City vs. Wigan Athletic

Wigan progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for only the third time in their history as they ousted Premier League opposition Cardiff, winning 2-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 15:  Wigan player Ben Watson (l) celebrates his goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic at Cardiff City Stadium on February 15, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The FA Cup holders led early on through Chris McCann, but were pegged back less than ten minutes later as Fraizer Campbell capitalised on poor defending to poke home from close range.

However, Uwe Rosler's side showed a grit and determination akin to that of last season's champions and pulled ahead once more when Ben Watson—the man to score the winner in the final last May—drove home from outside of the penalty area.

Wigan have now conceded just four goals in seven FA Cup games against Premier League opposition, and it extends their unbeaten run to 11 matches.