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Arsenal v Aston Villa live

ByDan Ripley for MailOnline
Updated: 13:23 EST, 29 January 2012
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. 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. Email me your thoughts on the game at or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa (4pm)
Click here for the live goals as they go in
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.
Goals: Van Persie, pen 54, pen 61, Walcott 57.
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov (Bannan 82), Clark, Agbonlahor
(Gardner 71), Keane, Bent.
Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker.
Goals: Dunne 33, Bent 45+1.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
All the latest from League Two
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.
That's all from me today. Thanks for following.
17.55: An incredible cup tie then ends with the Gunners securing a comfortable victory, despite
going 2-0 down.
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.
Full-time: Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa
90+3min: Villa can't even get into the Arsenal half at the moment. They need some more urgency
here - they have nothing to lose.

90min: Four minutes added on. Is there a final twist to this bonkers game?
89min: It's a double swap for the Gunners. Fans decide to cheer the swaps this week as Walcott is
replaced by Sagna and Oxlade-Chamberlain makes way for Henry.
86min: Villa throwing caution to the wind, and that's leaving a few holes at the back for Arsenal to
exploit. Bacary Sagna is preparing to come on for the hosts.
83min: Why Ireland doesn't shoot here I haven't got a clue. 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. Koscielny has been booked for a foul on Bent.
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 Koscielny
80min: For the first time in this half, Villa are finally starting to show some attacking edge. Ireland is
just inches away from connecting with a Clark cross but Fabianski holds on to the pass well.
77min: Villa fans, to their enormous credit, are willing their team on as they win a corner.
Despite their second-half capitulation, Villa still only need one goal to secure a replay.
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.
71min: Arsenal make a change with Mikel Arteta on for Rosicky.
Villa also switch things around by sending on Gary Gardner for Agbonlahor.
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.
67min: From OptaJoe:
2 - Arsenal last came from two goals down at half time at home to win in December 2001 vs Aston
Villa (8 defeats since). Repeat?
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.

bound: Robin van Persie scores his second penalty
61min: GOAL! ARSENAL 3-2 Aston Villa
Villa have absolutely capitulated. 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. This tie has
turned on its head inside 16 minutes.
60min: PENALTY (Arsenal)

Chance your arm: Arsenal's Theo Walcott equalises after a ricochet cannons off his arm
57min: GOAL! ARSENAL 2-2 Aston Villa
Some Arsenal fans are still walking back from a half-time pie to find their side is now level.
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.
Hutton attempts to clear but it cannons straight off Walcott's arm and into the net.

on: Robin van Persie pulls a goal back for Arsenal
54min: GOAL! ARSENAL 1-2 Aston Villa
Mike Jones will not ever have an easier penalty to give as Dunne wipes out Ramsey inside the box
with a sliding challenge. Robin van Persie makes no mistake from the penalty spot to tuck away in

the bottom corner. Can only sense one-way traffic now.
53min: PENALTY (Arsenal)
51min: Villa having to weather a storm here. A one-touch move form Arsenal ends with Ramsey
poking a shot straight at Given.
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.
48min: Successive corners is a good way to start and the hosts nearly equalise. Per Mertesacker's
powerful header from a Van Persie delivery well cleared off the line by Ireland.
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 Rosicky
Second-half: Away we go again, no changes.
17.02: You have to fancy some sort of response from Arsenal though.
As said they have looked lively in attack and I can't see them not scoring. An interesting second
period coming up.
16.59: Stats amazing from OptaJoe and InfostradaLive respectively:
2 - Aston Villa are the first visiting side to score more than once at the Emirates in a domestic cup
match. Crumble
Arsenal's Last home defeat in the #FACup is 15 years ago vs Leeds United. In 1997, they lost 0-1 at

16.56: Hostile boos from the home crowd at the end of that half. 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-time
Half-time: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
45+1min: GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 ASTON VILLA
How's that for a counter attack? Villa break from a deep position inside their own half before
Stephen Ireland threads through Darren Bent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
40min: They are going to have to watch Villa on the counter. Alex McLeish's side have broken with
pace more than once in this game and have looked dangerous in doing so.
38min: Arsenal have upped it a gear here as they start to put the visitors under pressure. Villa have
dropped deep into their own half.
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.

for: Aston Villa took the lead through a Richard Dunne header
33min: GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 ASTON VILLA
It's Villa's first effort on goal and boy do they make it count.
A short corner finds Keane, whose byline cross is nodded home by Richard Dunne from close range.
That should spring this tie into life.
31min: Villa bossing some decent possession now, and signs that the visitors are growing in
confidence. Robbie Keane proving very useful in linking the midfield Khan vs Canelo with the
strikers so far.
28min: Aston Villa have a credible threat on the counter but they are not causing the Arsenal back
four any serious problems.
Mind you, the Villa defence will be surprised how comfortable they have had it so far.

blanks: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (left) slices a shot wide
25min: Robbie Keane leads a Villa counter from an Arsenal corner. But after feeding Gabriel
Agbonlahor on the left, the Gunners defence gets back and the striker's cross evades everyone. Big
waste in the end.

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.
If he had thrown his head rather than tip-toed towards the ball, we would have been looking at 1-0
At the other end Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drags a shot wide of the post.
21min: The Dutchman's tame effort is easily blocked by the wall though, before he is penalised
seconds later for showing a high boot.
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. This is Van Persie range.

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 Cuellar
13min: Until now. 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. It's a really poor effort in truth.
11min: Villa starting to gain some possession on the ball and credit to them, they are trying to pass
it about. Arsenal's threat has diminished in the last few minutes.
8min: A corner Villa clear. Arsenal have been the better side so far as Villa struggle to get going.
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
6min: he tees up Thomas Vermaelen, who lets rip with a thunderous drive that stings Given's
hands as he tips over.
5min: Robbie Keane's handball leads to an Arsenal free-kick 30 yards out. It looks just a little too far
out Khan vs Canelo for Robin van Persie...
4min: Aaron Ramsey finds space for a shot 23 yards out but his low drive is easy enough for Given to
3min: Plenty of Arsenal passing, and when Villa do get the ball they are being hounded out at every
opportunity - even Shay Given.
Kick-off: Cheers for Thierry Henry when his name was read out, boos for Andrey Arshavin. Football
fans, eh? We are underway.

Masked Villain: Aston Villa players look on inside the Emirates Stadium
15.58: Out come the players, as daylight fades and the cold sets in on north London.
15.55: From OptaJoe:
1 - Arsenal have only lost one of 33 FA cup matches at home under Arsene Wenger. Era

hand on the cup: Arsenal's Gunnersaurus poses with the FA Cup mascot
15.52: I forgot to say, those ties will be played over the weekend of February 18/19.

15.49: But Crawley v Stoke also has it's own place, as the League Two side hope to overturn last
season's finalists.
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. I'll let you decide on that one.
15.47: At first glance you have to highlight Stevenage v Spurs.
The League One side will fancy their chances - they knocked Newcastle out last season.
Liverpool v Brighton
Everton v Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday
Chelsea v Birmingham
Crawley Town v Stoke
Stevenage v Tottenham
Norwich v Leicester
Sunderland or Middlesbrough v Arsenal or Aston Villa
Millwall or Southampton v Bolton Wanderers

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

15.42: Eight ties to be drawn - get your refresh button ready...
15.39: Time for the fifth round draw from Wembley, Jim Rosenthal, as ever, presenting. Both Arsenal
and Aston Villa go into the hat of course.
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.
The livewire 18-year-old retains his place from the defeat against Manchester United, providing
support to Theo Walcott and captain Robin van Persie.
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.
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.
15.33: From the Emirates Stadium:
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Arsenal: Fabianski, Coquelin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey,
Song, Rosicky, Walcott, van Persie. Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Arteta, Park, Henry, Arshavin, Benayoun.
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, Agbonlahor, Keane,
Bent. Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
15.30: So on to our final fourth round tie of the weekend. Hopefully it will prove just as entertaining
as Sunderland and Middlesbrough who fought out a 1-1 draw earlier.
Team news coming up, as well as the fifth round draw.

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