Apr 12, 2014 at 5.07pm UK at ​Wembley
WiganWigan Athletic
1-1
Arsenal
Gomez (63' pen.)
Gomez (79'), McArthur (90'), Collison (90'), Beausejour (120')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Arsenal win 4-2 on penalties

Uwe Rosler "proud" of Wigan Athletic performance

New manager of Wigan Athletic, Uwe Rosler, looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic at Hillsborough Stadium on December 18, 2013
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Uwe Rosler says that he is "proud" of his side's performance in today's FA Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler has praised his side for showing the "mental strength and character" to take Arsenal all the way in their FA Cup semi-final meeting.

The Latics took a surprise lead through Jordi Gomez's 63rd-minute penalty, but Per Mertesacker levelled just under 10 minutes from time to take the contest to extra time.

Wigan held out for a further 30 minutes, but they failed to overcome the Gunners on penalties, putting an end to their cup run.

"We were only eight minutes away from winning, but we had to make some substitutions early and unfortunately we could not hold out," Rosler is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

"We forced Arsenal to play some long balls in the second half, which is unusual for the way they play, and we still looked to attack them when we could. I am absolutely proud of how they performed and what they put in.

"When you can see the finish line, but just not get over and then bounce back in extra-time, that shows mental strength and character. When you are then going into penalties, there is always a bit of a lottery."

Wigan turn their attention back to league action on Friday when they face Reading.

Arsenal's players celebrate after winning the FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout against Wigan Athletic at Wembley on April 12, 2014
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