London – Arsenal's hopes of ending their eight-year trophy drought suffered a huge setback after they were dumped out of the FA Cup at home to second-tier Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Colin Kazim-Richards scored the only goal in Indian-owned Blackburn's 1-0 victory when he struck in the 72nd minute after Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny failed to hold Martin Olsson's shot.

Arsenal, who haven't won a major piece of silverware since lifting the FA Cup in 2005, must now somehow lift themselves for a last 16 Champions League first leg tie at the Emirates Stadium when German giants Bayern Munich visit on Tuesday.

It was the second time this season Arsenal had been knocked out of a domestic cup competition by lower league oppostion after losing to fourth-tier Bradford in the League Cup. – AFP