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Michael van Gerwen beats Adrian Lewis in World Darts Championship quarter-final

Lewis OUT! Mighty Mike hits Jackpot as he sends the reigning champion packing after a classic at Ally Pally

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UPDATED:

23:28 GMT, 29 December 2012

Adrian Lewis’s quest for a third straight world title came to a shuddering halt on Saturday night as he lost 5-4 to an inspired Michael van Gerwen.

The Dutchman showed why he was the pre-tournament second favourite as he overcame some early double problems and withstood everything ‘Jackpot’ threw at him in an astonishing tussle at Ally Pally.

Van Gerwan will play James Wade in the semis after ‘The Machine’ edged past West Newton 5-4 in a classic first match of the evening.

Thriller: Van Gerwen won a classic contest to move into the semi-finals

Thriller: Van Gerwen won a classic contest to move into the semi-finals

‘Mighty Mike’ wasted no time in taking
the opening set as he pounced on Lewis’s double trouble to win it 3-0.
The Dutchman broke throw in the second leg after the reigning champion
missed six darts at a double.

But ‘MVG’ had problems on doubles himself and Lewis took advantage to win the second set 3-1.

Van Gerwen’s troubles continued in the
third set as he almost threw away a 2-0 lead with a hatful of missed
doubles. The Dutchman had chances in legs three and four to take the set
but eventually hit double 10 in the deciding leg to move 2-1 ahead.

‘Jackpot’ quickly levelled, though, as
he won the fourth set 3-0 thanks to a 136 checkout on Van Gerwen’s
throw in the second leg.

But Van Gerwen responded with a 3-0
set of his own as he upped his game in the fifth set. The Dutchman came
close to a nine-dart finish but settled for an 11-dart leg to break
Lewis’s throw and move back ahead.

Lewis didn’t back down, though, and he
took the sixth set 3-1 as Van Gerwen’s double trouble returned. But
just when the reigning champion seemed to be taking control of the
match, the Dutchman came roaring back.

Gallant: Lewis played his best match of the tournament but it wasn't enough against the impressive Dutchman

Gallant: Lewis played his best match of the tournament but it wasn't enough against the impressive Dutchman

The two-time winner broke throw to
lead 2-1 in the seventh set with a chance to move 4-3 ahead and just one
set away from the semis. But Van Gerwan checked out 120 to break
straight back before hitting double top in the deciding leg to take the
set.

Then, as expected, it was Lewis’s turn
to strike back as he hit an 11-dart leg to break Van Gerwen’s throw to
take the set 3-1 and force a decider.

The gripping contest continued to
excite in the final set and it was Lewis who struck first. ‘Jackpot’
broke Van Gerwen’s throw to lead 2-1 but, typical of the contest, Van
Gerwen pulled off an incredible 83 checkout to level at 2-2 as Lewis
missed two darts at tops.

The Dutchman then checked out 108 to hold and move 3-2 ahead before breaking throw in the next leg to seal a brilliant win.

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen came out on top in a final-set thriller

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen came out on top in a final-set thriller

Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: ‘We played
a very good game. I was struggling on my doubles but he played so well.
This is my biggest year ever and I’m playing so well at the moment.’

A despondent Lewis said: ‘That is
probably the best game we’ve seen on TV. It was better than Barney and
Taylor’s match (in 2007).’

‘Mighty Mike’ will look to avenge his
World Matchplay defeat to Wade, who was cruising towards victory at 4-2
before a determined fight-back from Newton.

Newton raced into a 2-0 lead before Wade broke in the first leg of the third set before reducing his deficit to 2-1.

Machine: Wade prevailed in a final-set thriller

Machine: Wade prevailed in a final-set thriller

The fourth set proved to be pivotal as Newton missed three darts at tops which would have taken him 3-1 ahead. Wade pounced to force a deciding leg in the set before hitting double 10, albeit at the fourth time of asking, to level at 2-2.

‘The Machine’ then won five out of the next six legs to go 4-2 up as he looked set for an easy ride into the semis.

But Newton wasn’t finished yet and he won the seventh set 3-0 before levelling at 4-4 to force a decider.

But it was Wade who prevailed as he broke Newton’s throw before sealing the set 3-1 and the match 5-4.

The semi-final clash will take place on Sunday night along with the mouth-watering showdown between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

Determined: Newton pushed Wade all the way with a spirited effort

Determined: Newton pushed Wade all the way with a spirited effort

Arsenal are coming good at the right time, says Kieran Gibbs

Perfect timing! Gibbs hails Arsenal resurgence as he backs them to hold on to fourth

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UPDATED:

08:34 GMT, 9 March 2012

Left-back Kieran Gibbs has urged Arsenal to maintain the momentum they have built up in recent weeks as the Barclays Premier League season reaches its climax.

The Gunners can focus all their attention on the league over the next two months, having been knocked out of the Champions League in midweek despite a gallant effort to overturn their 4-0 first-leg deficit against AC Milan.

Manager Arsene Wenger has lost a number of players for lengthy periods this term, but Gibbs reckons the north London side are coming good just at the right time and knows consistency is now key.

Nothing in our way: Kieran Gibbs is confident Arsenal are hitting form at exactly the right time in their race for a top four spot

Nothing in our way: Kieran Gibbs is confident Arsenal are hitting form at exactly the right time in their race for a top four spot

'I think you have to give credit to the players who played while the others were out,' he said. 'People don't realise that we basically had half a squad at one stage and the team was just down to its bare bones.

'But obviously now we have a bigger squad, we can rotate more, players won't be as tired and the team looks a lot stronger. You can obviously see the benefits from that.

Holding off the rest: Gibbs is enjoying a good run of fitness and form

Holding off the rest: Gibbs is enjoying a good run of fitness and form

'Everybody has come together now and we
have overcome a difficult period. We need to be consistent like this now
for the rest of the season.'

Arsenal have found some domestic form
since their Champions League humbling at the San Siro, which was swiftly
followed by exit from the FA Cup at Sunderland.

However, despite morale-boosting wins over Tottenham and Liverpool, there remains little margin for error.

Indeed, the Gunners could be back down to fifth in the table should Chelsea beat Stoke on Saturday, while third-placed Spurs could extend their current four-point cushion with a positive result at Everton ahead of Arsenal's Monday night clash against Newcastle.

Like Gibbs, Wenger is upbeat about his team's prospects for the run-in and reckons few sides can cope with the Gunners at their best – as Milan found out in Arsenal's 3-0 second-leg victory at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

'We can play at a pace that, at the moment, maybe nobody else can sustain,' the Frenchman told Arsenal Player. 'When we are on our roles, that is good for the morale of the team.

Going up: Arsene Wenger is delighted with the recent resurgence

Going up: Arsene Wenger is delighted with the recent resurgence

'If you look at the times we have reversed games; Villa, Tottenham, Liverpool, Sunderland and now Milan, you would say there is something special in there.

'I always believed in the spirit and quality of this team. I am sure if we keep going that will come out and the target until the end of the season is to be faithful to that.'