Watford secured a surprising place at Wembley by upsetting the two-time defending holders Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates. The Hornets got goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura after halftime as they held off a wasteful home side.
A number of chances for the Gunners in the opening 20 minutes went by the wayside. Danny Welbeck came off the bench and scored with two minutes remaining in regulation, but it wasn’t enough to pull even.
“Our fantastic run has come to an end on a day where we felt that our performance deserved a win,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said after the game. “Credit to Watford, they created few chances but took them all.”
That places Watford alongside Everton and Crystal Palace in an unlikely semifinal lineup, needing one more party.
That last place will be filled by either Manchester United or West Ham, who will need a replay after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. Dmitri Payet scored an absolutely delightful free-kick in the 68th minute to put the Hammers ahead, but Anthony Martial pulled the Red Devils level with seven minutes left.
Payet likely should have been sent off prior to his goal, as he dove already on a caution, but was not shown a second yellow by referee Martin Atkinson. He later scored his beauty, but Martial got to the end of an Ander Herrera cross at the far post and leveled things up. The two sides will now need a replay at Upton Park to decide the last semifinal participant.