Arsenal and Liverpool kept apart in semi-final draw

Mertesacker and Arsenal are back at Wembley in the FA Cup
Mertesacker and Arsenal are back at Wembley in the FA Cup

Liverpool and Arsenal have been kept apart in the draw for the FA Cup semi-finals, with the Gunners given a clear path to a second successive appearance in the final at Wembley.

Holders Arsenal will face either Bradford or Reading in the FA Cup semi-finals after they saw off Manchester United in their quarter-final showdown at Old Trafford.

The other semi-final sees Aston Villa take on the winner of Blackburn and Liverpool's replay after the pair drew 0-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck scored on his return to Old Trafford to seal a 2-1 victory for the 2014 FA Cup winners after Wayne Rooney had cancelled out Nacho Monreal's opener.

That has set up a clash with League One Bradford, who knocked the Gunners out of the Capital One Cup in 2012, or Steve Clarke's Reading.

Villa secured their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2010 by seeing off local rivals West Brom 2-0 in a fiery affair on Saturday and Tim Sherwood's side will now be waiting to see whether Liverpool or Blackburn are their Wembley opponents for a place in this season's final.