FA Cup Heats Up

Henry and Van Persie will be the key for Arsenal. Image courtesy of: msn.foxsports.com

Premier League clubs Arsenal and Aston Villa fight for the final spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals when they clash at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Arsenal has lost three consecutive Premier league matches and will want to get their 2012 campaign back on track with a win against Villa.

The Gunners will be confident leading into the match after recording a 2-1 away win at Villa Park in their last encounter, in December last year. Striker Gabby Agbonlahor has proven to be a thorn in Arsenal’s side scoring a number of goals against the North Londoners including the match winner in Villa’s last win at the Emirates back in 2008.

In the earlier match of the day Premier League side Sunderland face Championship battlers Middlesbrough for North-East England bragging rights when they meet at the Stadium of Light. The fierce rivals last met in Middlesbrough’s ill-fated 2009/10 campaign in which Sunderland recorded a dramatic 3-2 injury-time win. 

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