Villa overturned by Arsenal’s perfect storm

Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 2

van Persie 54 pen, 61 pen, Walcott 56; Dunne 33, Bent 45+1

Arsenal walked off the pitch to opprobrium at half-time and adulation at full-time after a stirring second half comeback put them through to the last 16 of the FA Cup. As abject as they were in going 2-0 down in the first 45 minutes, they showed tremendous spirit in scoring three times in the space of seven minutes to reverse their fortunes against a shell-shocked Aston Villa.

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