Result: Blackburn Rovers cause FA Cup upset at Emirates Stadium

Colin Kazim-Richards gives Blackburn Rovers a famous 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup sixth round.

Colin Kazim-Richards scored to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for Blackburn Rovers as the Championship side secured a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

Blackburn's Colin Kazim-Richards celebrates with manager Michael Appleton after scoring the winner against Arsenal in the FA Cup 5th round on February 16, 2013© PA Photos

Blackburn started impressively against their Premier League opponents but neither side enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure early on at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners started to take control of the contest midway through the first half and Jake Kean had to be alert to keep out Abou Diaby's header.

Arsenal continued to dominate until the interval but a lack of composure in the final third of the pitch meant that the two sides headed into the break on level terms.

Michael Appleton's team carried their work ethic into the second half, frustrating the Arsenal forwards with some stubborn defending.

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes battle for the ball during the FA Cup fifth round tie on February 16, 2013© PA Photos

Tomas Rosicky was inches away from opening the scoring but his powerful effort struck the crossbar, with Kean looking helpless in goal.

Despite sending on Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla just after the hour mark, Arsene Wenger saw his side fall behind when Kazim-Richards converted from close range after Wojciech Szczesny had denied Martin Olsson.

Blackburn's Colin Kazim-Richards celebrates his goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup 5th round on February 16, 2013© PA Photos

Predictably, Arsenal piled the pressure on in the final stages of the contest and had chances to force a replay, with Nacho Monreal slicing a shot wide from inside the box.

Kean once again produced some heroics in the final minute of normal time, pushing away a Theo Walcott header as Rovers held on for a shock victory.

Arsene Wenger on the touchline during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Swansea on January 6, 2013
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