Robbie Keane proving very useful in linking the midfield with the strikers so far.
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 12bet players are still in the away dressing room.
Net bound: Robin van Persie scores his second penalty
Half-time: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
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.
Team news coming up, as well as the fifth round draw.
Dutch of class: Robin van Persie spearheads Arsenal’s attack against Aston Villa
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
Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa (4pm)
Click here for the live goals as they go in
17.55: An incredible cup tie then ends with the Gunners securing a comfortable victory, despite going 2-0 down.
25min: Robbie Keane leads a Villa counter from an Arsenal corner. Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner.
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.
61min: GOAL! ARSENAL 3-2 Aston Villa
Goals: Van Persie, pen 54, pen 61, Walcott 57.
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.
28min: Aston Villa have a credible threat on the counter but they are not causing the Arsenal back four any serious problems.
That’s all from me today. This is Van Persie range.
A short corner finds Keane, whose byline cross is nodded home by Richard Dunne from close range. A one-touch move form Arsenal ends with Ramsey poking a shot straight at Given.
16.56: Hostile boos from the home crowd at the end of that half. Robin van Persie makes no mistake from the penalty spot to tuck away in the bottom corner. Football fans, eh? We are underway.
Masked Villain: Aston Villa players look on inside the Emirates Stadium
8min: A corner Villa clear. 71min: Arsenal make a change with Mikel Arteta on for Rosicky.
64min: In the last five minutes Arsenal have had 89 per cent of the ball.
Dan Ripley for MailOnline
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.
If he had thrown his head rather than tip-toed towards the ball, we would have been looking at 1-0 Villa.
15.42: Eight ties to be drawn – get your refresh button ready…
54min: GOAL! ARSENAL 1-2 Aston Villa
Villa also switch things around by sending on Gary Gardner for Agbonlahor.
90+3min: Villa can’t even get into the Arsenal half at the moment. Era
One hand on the cup: Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus poses with the FA Cup mascot
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
Arsenal’s Last home defeat in the #FACup is 15 years ago vs Leeds United. 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. Ireland is just inches away from connecting with a Clark cross but Fabianski holds on to the pass well.
6min: …so he tees up Thomas Vermaelen, who lets rip with a thunderous drive that stings Given’s hands as he tips over.
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16.59: Stats amazing from OptaJoe and InfostradaLive respectively:
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.
89min: It’s a double swap for the Gunners. Alex McLeish’s side have broken with pace more than once in this game and have looked dangerous in doing so.
15.55: From OptaJoe:
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.
5min: Robbie Keane’s handball leads to an Arsenal free-kick 30 yards out. Is there a final twist to this bonkers game?
Second-half: Away we go again, no changes.
33min: GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 ASTON VILLA
86min: Villa throwing caution to the wind, and that’s leaving a few holes at the back for Arsenal to exploit. It’s a really poor effort in truth.
40min: They are going to have to watch Villa on the counter. Koscielny has been booked for a foul on Bent.
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Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov (Bannan 82), Clark,
Agbonlahor (Gardner 71), Keane, Bent.
Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Weimann, Lichaj,
Kick-off: Cheers for Thierry Henry when his name was read out, boos for Andrey Arshavin. Repeat?
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The livewire 18-year-old retains his place from the defeat against Manchester United, providing support to Theo Walcott and captain Robin van Persie.
Full-time: Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa
15.58: Out come the players, as daylight fades and the cold sets in on north London.
Sunderland or Middlesbrough v Arsenal or Aston Villa
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Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
13min: Until now. This tie has turned on its head inside 16 minutes.
90min: Four minutes added on. 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
Some Arsenal fans are still walking back from a half-time pie to find their side is now level.
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It’s Villa’s first effort on goal and boy do they make it count.
As said they have looked lively in attack and I can’t see them not scoring. Arsenal’s threat has diminished in the last few minutes.
83min: Why Ireland doesn’t shoot here I haven’t got a clue. Bacary Sagna is preparing to come on for the hosts.
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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
1 – Arsenal have only lost one of 33 FA cup matches at home under Arsene Wenger. Thanks for following.
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.
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.
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
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. 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. 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. Email me your thoughts on the game at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
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Goals: Dunne 33, Bent 45+1.
60min: PENALTY (Arsenal)
Chance your arm: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott equalises after a ricochet cannons off his arm
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
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Arsenal: Fabianski, Coquelin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Song, Rosicky, Walcott, van Persie. Per Mertesacker’s powerful header from a Van Persie delivery well cleared off the line by Ireland.. Can only sense one-way traffic now.
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.
45+1min: GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 ASTON VILLA
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.
57min: GOAL! ARSENAL 2-2 Aston Villa
77min: Villa fans, to their enormous credit, are willing their team on as they win a corner.
18:23 GMT, 29 January 2012
At the other end Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drags a shot wide of the post.
15.30: So on to our final fourth round tie of the weekend. Arsenal have been the better side so far as Villa struggle to get going.
48min: Successive corners is a good way to start and the hosts nearly equalise. They need some more urgency here – they have nothing to lose.
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.
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. Fans decide to cheer the swaps this week as Walcott is replaced by Sagna and Oxlade-Chamberlain makes way for Henry.
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.
2 – Aston Villa are the first visiting side to score more than once at the Emirates in a domestic cup match. Villa have dropped deep into their own half.
67min: From OptaJoe:
Arsenal: Fabianski, Coquelin,
Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Henry 89), Ramsey, Song,
Rosicky (Arteta 71), Walcott (Sagna 89), van Persie.
Subs: Szczesny, Park,
2 – Arsenal last came from two goals down at half time at home to win in December 2001 vs Aston Villa (8 defeats since). Both Arsenal and Aston Villa go into the hat of course.
4min: Aaron Ramsey finds space for a shot 23 yards out but his low drive is easy enough for Given to hold.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
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Earning his Spurs: Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane has impressed since joining Aston Villa
The League One side will fancy their chances – they knocked Newcastle out last season.
21min: The Dutchman’s tame effort is easily blocked by the wall though, before he is penalised seconds later for showing a high boot.
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. It looks just a little too far out for Robin van Persie…
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
15.33: From the Emirates Stadium:
How’s that for a counter attack? Villa break from a deep position inside their own half before Stephen Ireland threads through Darren Bent.
17.02: You have to fancy some sort of response from Arsenal though.
15.47: At first glance you have to highlight Stevenage v Spurs.
15.52: I forgot to say, those ties will be played over the weekend of February 18/19.
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.
51min: Villa having to weather a storm here. Big waste in the end.
15.49: But Crawley v Stoke also has it’s own place, as the League Two side hope to overturn last season’s finalists.
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.
Despite their second-half capitulation, Villa still only need one goal to secure a replay.
38min: Arsenal have upped it a gear here as they start to put the visitors under pressure. Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Arteta, Park, Henry, Arshavin, Benayoun.
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.
11min: Villa starting to gain some possession on the ball and credit to them, they are trying to pass it about. I’ll let you decide on that one.
Villa have absolutely capitulated. In 1997, they lost 0-1 at Highbury.
3min: Plenty of Arsenal passing, and when Villa do get the ball they are being hounded out at every opportunity – even Shay Given.
15.39: Time for the fifth round draw from Wembley, Jim Rosenthal, as ever, presenting. That should spring this tie into life.
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, Agbonlahor, Keane, Bent. An interesting second period coming up.
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53min: PENALTY (Arsenal)
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. But after feeding Gabriel Agbonlahor on the left, the Gunners defence gets back and the striker’s cross evades everyone. 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. Crumble
Mike Jones will not ever have an easier penalty to give as Dunne wipes out Ramsey inside the box with a sliding challenge
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