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. A one-touch move form Arsenal ends with Ramsey poking a shot straight at Given.
67min: From OptaJoe:
3min: Plenty of Arsenal passing, and when Villa do get the ball they are being hounded out at every opportunity – even Shay Given.
That’s all from me today. Fans decide to cheer the swaps this week as Walcott is replaced by Sagna and Oxlade-Chamberlain makes way for Henry.
Despite their second-half capitulation, Villa still only need one goal to secure a replay.
80min: For the first time in this half, Villa are finally starting to show some attacking edge. Somebody should check to see if the Villa players are still in the away dressing room.
Net bound: Robin van Persie scores his second penalty
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.
5min: Robbie Keane’s handball leads to an Arsenal free-kick 30 yards out. Robin van Persie makes no mistake from the penalty spot to tuck away in the bottom corner. But after feeding Gabriel Agbonlahor on the left, the Gunners defence gets back and the striker’s cross evades everyone. Football fans, eh? We are underway.
Masked Villain: Aston Villa players look on inside the Emirates Stadium
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Some Arsenal fans are still walking back from a half-time pie to find their side is now level.
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 Arsenal
90min: Four minutes added on. Ireland is just inches away from connecting with a Clark cross but Fabianski holds on to the pass well.
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
31min: Villa bossing some decent possession now, and signs that the visitors are growing in confidence. Hopefully it will prove just as entertaining as Sunderland and Middlesbrough who fought out a 1-1 draw earlier.
60min: PENALTY (Arsenal)
Chance your arm: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott equalises after a ricochet cannons off his arm
2 – Aston Villa are the first visiting side to score more than once at the Emirates in a domestic cup match. An interesting second period coming up.
21min: The Dutchman’s tame effort is easily blocked by the wall though, before he is penalised seconds later for showing a high boot.
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.
Full-time: Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa
8min: A corner Villa clear. 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. Big waste in the end.
83min: Why Ireland doesn’t shoot here I haven’t got a clue. This tie has turned on its head inside 16 minutes.
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.
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.
Liverpool v Brighton
71min: Arsenal make a change with Mikel Arteta on for Rosicky.
It’s Villa’s first effort on goal and boy do they make it count.
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov (Bannan 82), Clark, Agbonlahor (Gardner 71), Keane, Bent.
Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker.
How’s that for a counter attack? Villa break from a deep position inside their own half before Stephen Ireland threads through Darren Bent.
45+1min: GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 ASTON VILLA
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
38min: Arsenal have upped it a gear here as they start to put the visitors under pressure. Both Arsenal and Aston Villa go into the hat of course.
15.30: So on to our final fourth round tie of the weekend. This is Van Persie range.
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.
Kick-off: Cheers for Thierry Henry when his name was read out, boos for Andrey Arshavin. 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. Alex McLeish’s side have broken with pace more than once in this game and have looked dangerous in doing so.
61min: GOAL! ARSENAL 3-2 Aston Villa
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.
Villa have absolutely capitulated. Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner.
13min: Until now. The League One side will fancy their chances – they knocked Newcastle out last season.
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.
Second-half: Away we go again, no changes.
51min: Villa having to weather a storm here. It’s a really poor effort in truth.
Everton v Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday
90+3min: Villa can’t even get into the Arsenal half at the moment. It looks just a little too far out Going Here