Full-time - 90'
3 - 2
16:00 +00:00, January 29, 2012
Emirates Stadium, England
Referee: Mike Jones
Arsenal advance to the fifth round, where they're scheduled to meet the winner of the Middlesbrough-Sunderland fourth round replay
It's a deserved victory for Arsenal, who did well to fight back after going two behind (perhaps unfairly)
Full-time: Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa
Good goalkeeping from Fabianski, who catches a cross from the left-wing. Possibly Villa's last chance
He instead took too many touches and lost the ball, Villa now countering...
Henry could have scored there, following a great through-ball!
Coquelin fouled on the edge of Villa's box. Chance for Arsenal to waste some time before crossing. They'll surely not bring to many players forward
4 minutes of added time to be played
Sagna making his return from injury
Sagna and Henry on, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain off
...though Arsenal again recover the ball (both Sagna and Henry are warming up and may be coming on)
Ramsey's long ball towards Walcott intercepted
Arsenal win a corner after Coquelin's cross is deflected out...
But it comes to nothing. Arsenal with the ball in defence again
...and Arsenal counter...
Fabianski collects the free-kick well following a long-distance cross
Foul by Song on Keane. Villa free-kick, but it's not shooting distance
Arsenal incorrectly given a free-kick for an offside call
Unlucky from Ireland, trying to set up Bent (though he perhaps should have shot) before Arsenal intercept the ball in their area. A warning for Arsenal
Bannan on, Petrov off
Fabianski collects the long throw, and slows play down. Arsenal happy to take their time
Now a Villa free-kick, deep into Arsenal's half
Koscielny booked for the challenge on Bent
Ireland's cross is dangerous and headed goalwards by Clark but Fabianski saves
Villa need someone like Ireland to take control of the game for them - he's one of the few capable of doing so
Villa currently lack direction and ideas. Arsenal are completely in control, though Arsenal have failed from this position before
Villa may have conceded three times but Warnock's not at fault for any and has had a very good game so far
Delightful cross from Van Persie towards Walcott, but Warnock heads clear
Van Persie fires over following the cutback from Walcott! Good effort for the striker, who's obviously looking for his hat-trick
Agbonlahor off, Gardner on
More or less a like-for-like substitution, but Rosicky's played well today. Arteta perhaps a more solid, reliable player, which is what Arsenal need to maintain their lead
Rosicky off, Arteta on
...that comes to nothing. Arsenal goal-kick
Wasted chance for Villa! Petrov was in a great position to cross for Bent but his delivery was poor and Arsenal clear. Villa corner
Arsenal still looking very comfortable on the ball, and playing with more freedom now
Villa now with the ball at the back
Good effort from Walcott with a shot from just inside the area, but Given saves well!
Rosicky on the ball in midfield, but Arsenal's fluidity has returned and he has several options
Arsenal now finding space all over the pitch
Arsenal with 89% possession in the second half
Free-kick to Villa after Oxlade-Chamberlain's challenge on Hutton. No ill intent, but a foul nonetheless
Arsenal currently comfortable in possession, suddenly being more patient
Villa now look to attack and get themselves back into the game. One wonders how many more twists this fixture will provide
Van Persie scores his second penalty of the game to give Arsenal the lead. What a turnaround!
GOAL Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa!
Bent, chasing Koscielny back, challenges the defender clumsily in the penalty area and again, there can be no complaints. An obvious penalty
It's another Arsenal penalty!
Villa caught offside, so it's an Arsenal free-kick
Agbonlahor fouled by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Villa free-kick deep into Arsenal's half
Walcott nets a fortuitous equaliser! A good run into the box by the winger who then shot - perhaps wrongly - for Given to save. Hutton then tried to clear the loose ball but it clearance hit Walcott and went into the back of the net. Lucky, but perhaps that's overdue for Arsenal
GOAL Arsenal 2-2 Aston Villa!
Arsenal pressuring again! Nice looking cross from Van Persie before the ball trails wide
Arsenal back in the game
GOAL Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa! Van Persie sends Given the wrong way to score a vital goal for his side!
Shocking challenge by Dunne on Ramsey, can be no complaints
Vermaelen shoots again but this time it's wide. Decent effort though
Decent effort from Ramsey following poor defending from Cuellar, but Given saved comfortably
Superb challenge from Petrov on Walcott! If he'd got that wrong it would have been a penalty; Walcott was ready to either shoot or cut the ball back to Van Persie
Arsenal now with the ball in defence, looking to build play from there
And Ireland clears Mertesacker's effort off the line! That was so close to pulling one back, and would have been exactly what Arsenal needed
...and win another, as Koscielny's header is deflected over
Arsenal win an early corner as Ireland's header clears the initial danger
Wenger desperately needs a response for his men. Not that he should be under pressure if this scoreline remains, but he will be
Arsenal have got the second-half underway...
It'll be interesting to see if Wenger makes any half-time changes. Henry, Arteta, Sagna, Benayoun and possibly Park are all capable of having an impact. Probably best to leave Arshavin there, though...
Perhaps harsh on Arsenal during a half where, though they weren't at their best, they were the more dominant side. Crucially, however, Villa were clinical on took the chances that came their way. McLeish knows how to keep a clean sheet, so it could be a difficult second-half for Scotland
Half-time: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
Superb finish from Bent! Villa break following Arsenal's attack and though Fabianski saves well from Bent and forces his effort wide, the England striker followed up with a quality finish from a very tight angle to squeeze home a crucial goal
GOAL Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa! Darren Bent doubles Villa's lead!
Arsenal looking more dangerous now - there's more end product
Good shot by Oxlade-Chamberlain but Given saves well. Arsenal still in possession...
Dunne booked for the challenge
Rosicky's on the floor in some pain following a heavy challenge by Dunne
...but Van Persie heads over. Villa goal-kick
Good stop from Given! Coming out to stop Ramsey from crossing after good work from the Welshman. Arsenal corner
This time Dunne successfully defends from Walcott
Coquelin's shot's blocked but Arsenal look to attack again instantly
Arsenal throw-in deep into Villa's half....
Well defended there from Warnock with a good sliding tackle on the attacking Walcott
And now Arsenal are, following Dunne's long ball
Villa again in possession at the back
Well defended their from Warnock, anticipating the through-ball to Van Persie and clearing the danger
Fabianski catches Keane's effort and rolls the ball straight out for Arsenal to counter. Arsenal's fans are beginning to get restless
Villa now with the ball in defence
Rosicky goes close with a decent shot from the edge of the penalty box, but Given collects at the second attempt after initially spilling
Arsenal already looking for an instant equaliser
Keane given the chance to cross following the initial corner for Dunne to head past Fabianski with ease. Not necessarily a goal they deserved, but Arsenal had switched off there
GOAL Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa! Richard Dunne heads the away side in front
Good ball to Keane, though the Irishman fails to then cross for Bent. Villa corner
Ireland now trying to find space on the right wing for Villa
Given to take Villa's free-kick following the offside call...
Arsenal win another corner following more good work from Rosicky and Van Persie
Keane looks to cross for Bent, but his delivery's too high. Arsenal goal-kick
Rosicky sets up another counter attack by playing Walcott into space but the young winger fails to create anything. Rosicky is another whose form has improved of late
Though Agbonlahor overhits his cross an wastes the chance. Arsenal back on the ball...
But Villa clear and counter..
Warnock concedes a corner with Van Persie threatening. It's Arsenal's fifth of the game
Song's long ball is collected by Given and the goalkeeper in turn kicks long, but Vermaelen intercepts and keeps possession
Decent run and shot from Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the winger's effort is just wide
Fabianski, meanwhile, continues to look error-prone...
But Van Persie hits his effort straight at the wall. A complete waste
And it's an Arsenal free-kick on the edge of the penalty box following Warnock's foul on Ramsey. Great shooting opportunity
Decent by Arsenal! Walcott's low cross finds Van Persie who can't connect as he'd like but the danger was there
Agbonlahor fouls Coquelin near the halfway line. Arsenal free-kick
...and now do so with the ball in defence
...and continue to do so
Arsenal now exchanging possession in midfield...
Good defending from Mertesacker, blocking Agbonlahor's cross. The German's been in better form for Arsenal lately
Decent delivery from Rosicky but Given collects
Had time and space after being put into space and, though he got beyond the final defender, sliced his shot wide. Never troubled Given. Needed more composure
Poor, poor finishing from Walcott!
Well defended from Coquelin, heading back for Fabianski to collect
That's more like Fabianski: fails to clear the ball following pressure from Keane. Ball deflects out for a throw-in
Uncharacteristically commanding goalkeeping from Fabianski there, punching Villa's free-kick away
Now Arsenal's goal-kick. Little of note in that movement
But it comes to nothing. Villa goal-kick, Given to take
Good play from Walcott as the winger breaks with speed before feeding Van Persie. The Dutchman can't get his shot away but earns a corner
Rosicky's corner cleared by Bent
Great effort from Vermaelen, from distance, following Van Persie's lay off and a great save from Given. Arsenal corner...
Arsenal free-kick following a handball from Keane
Rosicky attempts two crosses into the penalty box but both are header clear
Decent early effort from Ramsey, though Given saves comfortably. Good dynamism and confidence from the midfielder
Hutton slices his clearance. Arsenal throw-in
Arsenal now stroking the ball around in defence, with Alex Song joining the back four
Arsenal now look to break in typical fashion. Though Villa have their strengths, it's difficult to see how they'll cope with Arsenal's movement if the home side are at their best. They're one of the league's more rigid sides
Aston Villa kick-off...
Henry's on the bench for Arsenal, as is the returning Mikel Arteta. The key for Villa is very much the ability of their front four: Agbonlahor-Ireland-Keane playing behind the potentially lethal Bent
William Sagna returns to the bench and could make his first appearance for some time, though Coquelin starts at right back. Oxlade-Chamberlain starts again after impressing against Manchester United
We're minutes away from kick-off at The Emirates. Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has selected his strongest side, though Arsenal's Arsene Wenger has decided to Szczesny, so Fabianski comes in