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Arsenal vs. Sunderland AFC
Arsenal came from behind to knock out high-flying Aston Villa in a thriller. Booes rang around the stadium as the Gunners came in at halftime with the score 2-0 to Villa, it looked like they were destined for their fourth defeat in a row in all competitions.
The hair dryer treatment from Wenger must have surely worked when—within 10 minutes—they found themselves leading the game 3-2. Two clear cut penalties were both converted by Captain Robin Van Persie and in between the two penalties Walcott’s fantastic run into the box ended up bobbling everywhere before deflecting off himself and into the net.
It was a great game for all spectators (except maybe Villa fans) and Arsenal fans will also be relieved at the returns of Bacary Sagna and Mikel Arteta.
Sunderland and Middlesbrough played out a stalemate at the Stadium of Light and would need to play out a replay to see who will face the Gunners in the fifth round.
It was a thrilling encounter between two even teams and the championship side held their own against Premier League outfit Sunderland. Robson opened the scoring for Middlesbrough, and they looked on the cards for a shock win. The returning Frazier Campbell had other ideas and leveled the two sides once more in the 59th minute.
The replay was a fiercely contested tie that went on into extra time before Sunderland prevailed with a goal from Sessegnon to give the Black Cats a well-deserved 2-1 victory.
Sunderland 0 – 1 Arsenal