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. Per Mertesacker’s powerful header from a Van Persie delivery well cleared off the line by Ireland.
If he had thrown his head rather than tip-toed towards the ball, we would have been looking at 1-0 Villa.
Kick-off: Cheers for Thierry Henry when his name was read out, boos for Andrey Arshavin. A one-touch move form Arsenal ends with Ramsey poking a shot straight at Given.
Goals: Van Persie, pen 54, pen 61, Walcott 57.
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Net bound: Robin van Persie scores his second penalty
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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At the other end Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drags a shot wide of the post.
2 – Arsenal last came from two goals down at half time at home to win in December 2001 vs Aston Villa (8 defeats since). Is there a final twist to this bonkers game?
25min: Robbie Keane leads a Villa counter from an Arsenal corner. 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.
13min: Until now. Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Arteta, Park, Henry, Arshavin, Benayoun.
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Villa have absolutely capitulated. Both Arsenal and Aston Villa go into the hat of course.
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.
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.
8min: A corner Villa clear. 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. 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. It’s a really poor effort in truth.
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 header
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. Repeat?
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. Alex McLeish’s side have broken with pace more than once in this game and have looked dangerous in doing so.
The League One side will fancy their chances – they knocked Newcastle out last season.
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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.
Mike Jones will not ever have an easier penalty to give as Dunne wipes out Ramsey inside the box with a sliding challenge. Hopefully it will prove just as entertaining as Sunderland and Middlesbrough who fought out a 1-1 draw earlier.
17.02: You have to fancy some sort of response from Arsenal though.
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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. Big waste in the end.
It’s Villa’s first effort on goal and boy do they make it count.
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83min: Why Ireland doesn’t shoot here I haven’t got a clue. Villa have dropped deep into their own half.
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.
Full-time: Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa
57min: GOAL! ARSENAL 2-2 Aston Villa
15.39: Time for the fifth round draw from Wembley, Jim Rosenthal, as ever, presenting. That should spring this tie into life.
1 – Arsenal have only lost one of 33 FA cup matches at home under Arsene Wenger. 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
11min: Villa starting to gain some possession on the ball and credit to them, they are trying to pass it about. Koscielny has been booked for a foul on Bent.
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 wide
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
Villa also switch things around by sending on Gary Gardner for Agbonlahor.
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2 – Aston Villa are the first visiting side to score more than once at the Emirates in a domestic cup match. But after feeding Gabriel Agbonlahor on the left, the Going Here