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Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner.

50min: Slick from Arsenal as Ramsey’s clever pass sends Walcott through, but the winger is quickly crowded out inside the box by a sea of Villa defenders.

90+3min: Villa can’t even get into the Arsenal half at the moment. Alex McLeish’s side have broken with pace more than once in this game and have looked dangerous in doing so.

15.49: But Crawley v Stoke also has it’s own place, as the League Two side hope to overturn last season’s finalists.

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The striker’s near post shot is well saved by Fabianski, but from a quite frankly ridiculous angle, the former Spurs striker nets home the rebound.

60min: PENALTY (Arsenal)

Chance your arm: Arsenal's Theo Walcott equalises after a ricochet cannons off his armChance your arm: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott equalises after a ricochet cannons off his arm

18.00: Sunderland and Middlesbrough played out an entertaining 1-1 draw earlier today, and it’s a trip to the north east next for the Gunners who play the winner in the fifth round.

Alex McLeish will have to lead an inquest into what went wrong, as it was Villa’s sloppiness as much as Arsenal’s resurgence which has cost them a fifth round spot. Ireland is just inches away from connecting with a Clark cross but Fabianski holds on to the pass well.

7min: Theo Walcott takes advantage of some sloppy play from Ciaran Clark to lead a counter, but after feeding Van Persie inside the box, the Dutchman is crowded out to the right where he wins a corner.

17.02: You have to fancy some sort of response from Arsenal though.

90min: Four minutes added on. Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Arteta, Park, Henry, Arshavin, Benayoun.

45+1min: GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 ASTON VILLA

71min: Arsenal make a change with Mikel Arteta on for Rosicky.

25min: Robbie Keane leads a Villa counter from an Arsenal corner. Bacary Sagna is preparing to come on for the hosts.


18:23 GMT, 29 January 2012

Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, Agbonlahor, Keane, Bent. This tie has turned on its head inside 16 minutes.

22min: How brave is Darren Bent? The answer is not brave enough as he shies out of a 50/50 with Lukasz Fabianski for a loose ball.

16.59: Stats amazing from OptaJoe and InfostradaLive respectively:

Second-half: Away we go again, no changes.

15.36: Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is handed another chance to impress with a start against Aston Villa in this afternoon’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at the Emirates Stadium.

15.52: I forgot to say, those ties will be played over the weekend of February 18/19.

1 – Arsenal have only lost one of 33 FA cup matches at home under Arsene Wenger. Hopefully it will prove just as entertaining as Sunderland and Middlesbrough who fought out a 1-1 draw earlier.

86min: Villa throwing caution to the wind, and that’s leaving a few holes at the back for Arsenal to exploit. In 1997, they lost 0-1 at Highbury.

Hutton attempts to clear but it cannons straight off Walcott’s arm and into the net.

Spot on: Robin van Persie pulls a goal back for ArsenalSpot on: Robin van Persie pulls a goal back for Arsenal

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45min: Villa will be desperate for half-time as shortly after Dunne is booked for reckless lunge Rosicky, Given is once again on hand to parry away a powerful low drive.

31min: Villa bossing some decent possession now, and signs that the visitors are growing in confidence. It looks just a little too far out for Robin van Persie…

Villa also switch things around by sending on Gary Gardner for Agbonlahor.

33min: GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 ASTON VILLA

Despite their second-half capitulation, Villa still only need one goal to secure a replay.

8min: A corner Villa clear. Arsenal’s threat has diminished in the last few minutes.

Goals: Dunne 33, Bent 45+1.

The League One side will fancy their chances – they knocked Newcastle out last season.

5min: Robbie Keane’s handball leads to an Arsenal free-kick 30 yards out. Big waste in the end.

80min: For the first time in this half, Villa are finally starting to show some attacking edge. Repeat?

2 – Aston Villa are the first visiting side to score more than once at the Emirates in a domestic cup match. Koscielny has been booked for a foul on Bent.

Half-time: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

Goals: Van Persie, pen 54, pen 61, Walcott 57.

82min: Another change for Villa as Stiliyan Petrov is replaced by Barry Bannan.

Heading out: Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark (right) vies for the ball with Arsenal's Laurent KoscielnyHeading out: Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark (right) vies for the ball with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny

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That’s all from me today. Robin van Persie makes no mistake from the penalty spot to tuck away in the bottom corner. Arsenal haven’t been that bad, but Villa have been clinical on the counter against a very naive Gunners defence.

Gunned down: Darren Bent (9) doubles Aston Villa's lead before half-timeGunned down: Darren Bent (9) doubles Aston Villa’s lead before half-time

77min: Villa fans, to their enormous credit, are willing their team on as they win a corner.

How’s that for a counter attack? Villa break from a deep position inside their own half before Stephen Ireland threads through Darren Bent.

4min: Aaron Ramsey finds space for a shot 23 yards out but his low drive is easy enough for Given to hold.

Francis Coquelin returns from injury, Lukasz Fabianski comes into goal with Thierry Henry, who had been troubled by a calf problem, on the bench along with fit-again full-back Bacary Sagna.

36min: Arsenal attempt to respond with Rosicky’s shot from the edge of the box troubling Given, who has to have two attempts to keep hold of the low strike.

Dunne for: Aston Villa took the lead through a Richard Dunne headerDunne for: Aston Villa took the lead through a Richard Dunne header

48min: Successive corners is a good way to start and the hosts nearly equalise. Arsenal have been the better side so far as Villa struggle to get going.

The livewire 18-year-old retains his place from the defeat against Manchester United, providing support to Theo Walcott and captain Robin van Persie.

19min: Walcott’s cross from the right flank is cleared just before Van Persie can get a vital touch, before Stephen Warnock trips Ramsey central on the edge of the box. Is there a final twist to this bonkers game?

6min: …so he tees up Thomas Vermaelen, who lets rip with a thunderous drive that stings Given’s hands as he tips over.

43min: All Arsenal now as Ramsey robs Alan Hutton of possession inside the box, before his run to the byline is ended when Given blocks his cross/shot.

It’s Villa’s first effort on goal and boy do they make it count.

28min: Aston Villa have a credible threat on the counter but they are not causing the Arsenal back four any serious problems.

38min: Arsenal have upped it a gear here as they start to put the visitors under pressure. They need some more urgency here – they have nothing to lose.

Arsenal’s Last home defeat in the #FACup is 15 years ago vs Leeds United. An interesting second period coming up.

53min: PENALTY (Arsenal)

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A short corner finds Keane, whose byline cross is nodded home by Richard Dunne from close range. In general though there is plenty of upsets billed for the next round – or cakewalks for Premier League sides to get into the quarter-finals. Thanks for following.

15.55: From OptaJoe:

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Arsenal: Fabianski, Coquelin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Song, Rosicky, Walcott, van Persie. Darren Bent’s sliding tackle on Laurent Koscielny is typical of a striker’s and Robin van Persie is on hand to tuck home his second penalty of the day. Robbie Keane proving very useful in linking the midfield with the strikers so far.


Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov (Bannan 82), Clark,

Agbonlahor (Gardner 71), Keane, Bent.

Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Weimann, Lichaj,


Team news coming up, as well as the fifth round draw.

Dutch of class: Robin van Persie spearheads Arsenal's attack against Aston VillaDutch of class: Robin van Persie spearheads Arsenal’s attack against Aston Villa

83min: Why Ireland doesn’t shoot here I haven’t got a clue. Era

One hand on the cup: Arsenal's Gunnersaurus poses with the FA Cup mascotOne hand on the cup: Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus poses with the FA Cup mascot

57min: GOAL! ARSENAL 2-2 Aston Villa

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2 – Arsenal last came from two goals down at half time at home to win in December 2001 vs Aston Villa (8 defeats since).

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

It’s amateur hour in the Villa defence though, first Theo Walcott is allowed to run across the byline unchallenged before the ball runs loose inside the box.

89min: It’s a double swap for the Gunners. Can only sense one-way traffic now.

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61min: GOAL! ARSENAL 3-2 Aston Villa

54min: GOAL! ARSENAL 1-2 Aston Villa

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Earning his Spurs: Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane has impressed since joining Aston VillaEarning his Spurs: Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane has impressed since joining Aston Villa

Full-time: Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa

15.58: Out come the players, as daylight fades and the cold sets in on north London.

On-loan Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane starts for the visitors, with Darren Bent the main goal threat while Stephen Ireland returns to the midfield.

17.55: An incredible cup tie then ends with the Gunners securing a comfortable victory, despite going 2-0 down.

3min: Plenty of Arsenal passing, and when Villa do get the ball they are being hounded out at every opportunity – even Shay Given.

16.56: Hostile boos from the home crowd at the end of that half. Both Arsenal and Aston Villa go into the hat of course.

At the other end Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drags a shot wide of the post.

Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of the FA Cup as Arsenal host Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium to conclude the weekend’s fourth round action. This is Van Persie range.

67min: From OptaJoe:

40min: They are going to have to watch Villa on the counter. Email me your thoughts on the game at or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

15.47: At first glance you have to highlight Stevenage v Spurs.

15.30: So on to our final fourth round tie of the weekend. It’s a really poor effort in truth.

42min: A crucial back header from Dunne prevents a cross from falling unmarked to Van Persie at the back post, before Francis Coquelin’s shot from inside the box is crucially blocked.

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As said they have looked lively in attack and I can’t see them not scoring. Crumble

Another strong argument for putting men on posts from corners.

On a high: Villa's Stiliyan Petrov (19) leaps for a challenge with Arsenal's RosickyOn a high: Villa’s Stiliyan Petrov (19) leaps for a challenge with Arsenal’s Rosicky

16min: Lots of empty seats inside the ground and not much noise either, with a slightly damp atmosphere matching the early stages of this game.

Skipping away: Arsenal's Theo Walcott hurdles a challenge from Aston Villa's Carlos CuellarSkipping away: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott hurdles a challenge from Aston Villa’s Carlos Cuellar

Mind you, the Villa defence will be surprised how comfortable they have had it so far.

Firing blanks: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (left) slices a shot wideFiring blanks: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott (left) slices a shot wide

Arsenal: Fabianski, Coquelin,

Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Henry 89), Ramsey, Song,

Rosicky (Arteta 71), Walcott (Sagna 89), van Persie.

Subs: Szczesny, Park,

Arshavin, Benayoun.

Kick-off: Cheers for Thierry Henry when his name was read out, boos for Andrey Arshavin. But after feeding Gabriel Agbonlahor on the left, the Gunners defence gets back and the striker’s cross evades everyone. Fans decide to cheer the swaps this week as Walcott is replaced by Sagna and Oxlade-Chamberlain makes way for Henry.

Villa have absolutely capitulated. The midfielder latches on to a through ball inside the box, but rather than have a go at goal he decides to cut inside to a sea of red shirts before the hosts clear. A one-touch move form Arsenal ends with Ramsey poking a shot straight at Given.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

15.39: Time for the fifth round draw from Wembley, Jim Rosenthal, as ever, presenting. Villa have dropped deep into their own half.

15.33: From the Emirates Stadium:

13min: Until now. I’ll let you decide on that one.

74min: Arsenal counter but although Walcott picks out Van Persie on the edge of the box, the Dutchman’s shot with his weaker right foot clears Given’s crossbar.

Some Arsenal fans are still walking back from a half-time pie to find their side is now level.

64min: In the last five minutes Arsenal have had 89 per cent of the ball. Somebody should check to see if the Villa players are still in the away dressing room.

Net bound: Robin van Persie scores his second penaltyNet bound: Robin van Persie scores his second penalty

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Mike Jones will not ever have an easier penalty to give as Dunne wipes out Ramsey inside the  box with a sliding challenge. Tomas Rosicky is at full stretch to thread through a ball for Walcott, but as he enters the box he slices his shot wide of the near post. That should spring this tie into life.

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11min: Villa starting to gain some possession on the ball and credit to them, they are trying to pass it about. Per Mertesacker’s powerful header from a Van Persie delivery well cleared off the line by Ireland.

70min: Wow, a Villa attack – and they nearly score from it! Stiliyan Petrov takes advantage of a Koscielney slip to make space inside the box, but Bent fails to make the run across the near post for his pass and Mertesacker clears.

21min: The Dutchman’s tame effort is easily blocked by the wall though, before he is penalised seconds later for showing a high boot.

If he had thrown his head rather than tip-toed towards the ball, we would have been looking at 1-0 Villa.

51min: Villa having to weather a storm here. Football fans, eh? We are underway.

Masked Villain: Aston Villa players look on inside the Emirates StadiumMasked Villain: Aston Villa players look on inside the Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa (4pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in. Arsene Wenger’s team will be keen to bounce back from three successive Premier League defeats, but face a Villa side rejuvenated since the arrival of former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane

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