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By Jonathan Stevenson
2212: On BBC Radio 5 live right now, Villa fans are expressing their fury at Gerard Houllier's team selection tonight. You can't blame them one jot. Right, I'm going to read the
Arsenal 5-0 Leyton Orient
Manchester City 3-0 Aston Villa
reports and then watch the rest of Valencia v Barcelona from La Liga. Hope to see you at the weekend when the Premier League returns. Sweet.
Frustrated Villa fan, on text: "With all due respect to Gerard Houllier, if we didn't have a bad game - what was that that just tormented me for 90 minutes (not including pre-match disbelief)? That certainly wasn't a good game."
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade: "It was a little bit painful because it's never easy when you lose a football match 5-0. But Arsenal were ruthless and they are a very good team and they put their three chances away early on today. We were really pleased with how we kept the ball at times and of course we made mistakes, but it was a great learning curve for all of us. We've got 16 games to go and we need to galvanise ourselves and pull ourselves together. That was our eighth game in the FA Cup and we've enjoyed every single minute of it."
Arsenal 5-0 Leyton Orient Chris Whyatt reports: "Class never in doubt at Arsenal. They've another chance to answer the enduring 'bottle' quandary at Old Trafford now..."
Man City 3-0 Aston Villa Saj Chowdhury reports: "Villa boss Gerard Houllier said the scoreline flattered City. No it didn't, Houllier - and questions will be asked as to why he fielded a weakened XI. City through and still on for a Double [or a Treble if you're an optimist]."
More Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier: "We acknowledge we were beaten by a team that is better than ours. They had a good game, I don't think we had a bad game. The first goal came too early. We were better in the second half although I admit we didn't hurt them enough. The scoreline is very flattering for them."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "It was a good response. We took the game in a serious way and we didn't release the pressure. We kept the ball well and we're on a fantastic run, except for Sunday, so we're quite positive. Conor Henderson did well, all the young boys did, Miquel as well. Henderson is a good player and wasn't phased. You cannot afford injuries, so for Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh to score was important for us. Marouane was lacking confidence, but he's coming back, so the goal has meaning for him. Tomas Rosicky has a little concussion for an accidental elbow but he'll be OK."
Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier: "The attack was practically three internationals. In midfield we had internationals too. If you have quality you use them. I don't think Ashley Young or Stewart Downing would have prevented the first goal."
Arsenal hat-trick hero Nicklas Bendtner: "It was important to come back after what happened on Sunday and important today that we started well early. I was very pleased with the hat-trick, yeah, very happy. I was already on penalty duties, but maybe if someone else had been on a hat-trick I'd have let them take it. We know the game at United will be difficult but we're looking forward to it."
From Chris, an Arsenal fan in London, on text: "Leyton Orient and their fans can leave the Emirates with their heads held high. They earned their right to play there and, to be fair to them, despite the scoreline they have played very well."
Man City's David Silva (through translator Pablo Zabaleta): "I'm very happy in English football, I'm happy at Manchester City and I'm having a great time there. I'm getting to know all my team-mates and everyone at the club and I'm settling down nicely."
Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta: "We showed great qualities in the team and wee have players who can score all over the pitch. We have to be able to rotate because we have a lot of games."
2143: FA Cup quarter-final draw: Stoke v West Ham Man City v Reading Birmingham v Bolton Man United v Arsenal FA Cup draw details in full
2141: So, that's that. Hang on, I had the quarter-final draw somewhere...
2140: Full-time Arsenal 5-0 Leyton Orient
2138: Arsenal's Samir Nasri is desperate for a goal and after a one-two he tries to get past three Leyton Orient players, eventually slamming in a shot over Jamie Jones's bar from 10 yards out on the right.
2136: Full-time Man City 3-0 Aston Villa
2136: Four minutes of injury time at the Emirates and Leyton Orient are so close to a consolation as Dean Cox slaloms his way through the Arsenal defence and fires in a left-foot shot that Manuel Almunia does well to deflect over the crossbar.
2134: We're deep into three minutes of stoppage time at Eastlands, for what it's worth. Couple more minutes to go at Arsenal.
2130: The game is drifting towards a conclusion at the Emirates. Arsenal are still dominating and most of the play is in the Orient half, there might just be another goal but no-one is busting a gut. It's training ground tempo.
2128: Ashley Young has a free-kick 20 yards out, just to the right, but he smashes it miles over the bar. The Villa fans behind the goal refuse to give the ball back - they toss it around among themselves, much to their own delight. Fair play to them - they've had to travel a long way and watch rubbish this evening from their team.
2127: Then, Anthony, Gerard Houllier should have just admitted the FA Cup wasn't important, instead of pretending it was. About five minutes left at Eastlands and Villa are doing some attacking, for what it's worth.
From Antony in Willenhall, on text: "As a Villa fan, I am in total agreement with Houllier, league survival is the priority. Can the fans stop bringing up our position last season as a criticism?"
2123: Carlos Tevez plays a one-two with Pablo Zabaleta down the right and gets into the Villa box, the Argentine slapping in a near-post shot that Brad Friedel reacts well to to turn behind.
Arsenal goal: Five-star Gunners tonight, no doubt about that. Emmanuel Eboue, who hasn't been at his best defending, sets a goal up here, crossing from the right and after Marouane Chamakh and Jack Wilshere decide to let the ball go, Gael Clichy arrives at the back post to hammer a sweet left-foot shot into the corner from 10 yards. It's the Frenchman's second senior goal.
2120: GOAL Arsenal 5-0 Leyton Orient (Clichy)
2119: Arsenal also brought on Samir Nasri for Tomas Rosicky just after the hour mark, apologies for not mentioning it. Rosicky may have picked up an injury, but will hope to find out more about that soon.
From jon8oy86 on Twitter:
"I'm surprised Bendtner, being as cock-sure as he is, didn't take that pen left-footed to complete the 'perfect' hat-trick!"
2115: Anyone think Gerard Houllier should be fined for disrespecting the FA Cup tonight? Villa have just brought on Stewart Downing and Ashley Young - at 3-0 down away at Manchester City. Utterly ridiculous.
City goal: Oh Villa. You broke the FA Cup's heart tonight, you truly did. Man City wrap it up as Pablo Zabaleta plays a neat one-two and crosses from the right and when Chris Herd's header falls to David Silva right on the edge of the penalty area, the Spaniard takes a touch and rifles a low drive past Brad Friedel.
2113: GOAL Man City 3-0 Aston Villa (Silva)
2112: Gael Clichy and Jack Wilshere come on for Nicklas Bendtner and Abou Diaby for Arsenal, while Leyton Orient bring on hero of the first tie, Jonathan Tehoue, for Scott McGleish, who put in a shift tonight.
2111: It's still niggly at Man City, with Villa still not looking like they can force their way back into it. City are just soaking up pressure and hitting the visitors on the break, and they are going through easily right now.
Arsenal goal: You hope for the O's that it doesn't get embarrassing, because they've played pretty well tonight. But Kieran Gibbs turns on the turbo and gets into the Orient box and Alex Revell brings him down. It's a clear penalty and there's only one taker as Nicklas Bendtner steps up and slams it to Jamie Jones' right, completing his hat-trick in the process.
2108: GOAL Arsenal 4-0 Leyton Orient (Bendtner, hat-trick)
From Humphrey from Reading, on text: "Look, Stevo, I've texted in about six times and you've put none of my remarks up. My mate has texted in five times in the last two days and every one of his has gone up. Mine are just as valid, he even had to use his girlfriend's name as a different alias so you wouldn't guess it was him again. Here's a good one for you: 'As a Reading fan I'm hoping for a three-goal wonder-comeback from Villa... I think we could beat them on a good day but City would just be too strong.'"
2103: Mario Balotelli, now a real risk of a red card, is taken off at Eastlands and replaced by some kid called Carlos Tevez.
2101: Wonder what Charlie Daniels did to be granted the freedom of half of the Emirates? He scampers away again and sends over another threatening cross, this time Sebastien Squillaci clearing, before Kieran Gibbs does really well to head away from inside his own six-yard box. At City, Mario Balotelli is booked for shoving his elbow into Villa youngster Chris Herd.
2059: Leyton Orient are committing some players forward at the Emirates - and why not? A decent cross from Charlie Daniels is cleared by Ignasi Miquel and from the corner, Scott McGleish's looping header lands on the roof of Manuel Almunia's net.
2056: Oh, it was like the great Ricky Villa in his pomp. Abou Diaby goes meandering forward, playing a one-two with Nicklas Bendtner, drifting past a couple of Leyton Orient players and getting into the area, only to drag his shot across goal and wide. It would've been special.
From Toby, west Midlands, on text: "After going to Wembley last season, it's difficult to express my disappointment. Sixth in the league, FA Cup semi-final, League Cup final... Now, fighting relegation and starting with a very weak team against a potentially top four team. Unbelievable."
2053: Good pace from Gabby Agbonlahor down the Villa left, he surges to the byeline and fire over a cross that Joleon Lescott does well to clear with Emile Heskey lurking menacingly behind him. There are some more afters a few moments later - it's kicked off since Chris Herd's tackle a few minutes ago.
2051: And they've started again at the Emirates in the fifth-round replay, where it is Arsenal 3-0 Leyton Orient.
2049: Now that's a tackle. Aston Villa's Chris Herd takes everything out at City - ball, Aleksandar Kolarov, and it's a free-kick but there's no booking for the Villa man. Ah, the lost art of the slide tackle. Goes all misty-eyed
2048: We're back under way at Eastlands, where it's Man City 2-0 Aston Villa.
2045: Hmm. I'm getting a lot of angry messages from Villa fans, and I can totally understand where you're all coming from. Gerard Houllier said before the match that the competition was important to him - but sorry, when you're 12th in the Premier League and you change eight players for a trip to the third-best team, you are not trying to win the game. End of.
From jamesiedick on Twitter:
"Ridiculous team selection from Houllier, horrible feeling after the Blues win three days ago. Fans backlash imminent."
From Ally, Cranleigh, on text: "Anyone thinking Conor Henderson is the next left-footed David Beckham? Or is that just me? The lad's got quality delivery."
2035: Arsenal 3-0 Leyton Orient Chris Whyatt'sHT snap-shot: "Gunners home and dry. Can same be said about Carling Cup tears? Not sure yet..."
2034: Half-chance for the O's. Dean Cox gets into the Arsenal half and the ball flies down the right to Alex Revell - Manuel Almunia comes out to try and get the ball first but he fails and Revell sends over a cross that is cleared with Cox busting a gut to try and head it goalwards.
2033: Into injury time in the first half at the Emirates, too.
2032: Man City 2-0 Aston Villa Saj Chowdhury's
HT snap-shot: "I'm not sure how manager Gerard Houllier will justify leaving his best players on the bench to Villa fans. This is far too easy for City. We've seen comebacks this season, but there won't be one tonight."
Arsenal goal: Quality - and that is game over. Nicklas Bendtner seizes on a loose ball on the left-hand side of the Leyton Orient penalty area, cuts inside, holds off the challenge of Andrew Whing and curls a right-foot shot into the bottom far corner, past Jamie Jones. Bendtner, ever the provocateur, cups his ear to the fans by way of celebration.
2030: GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Leyton Orient (Bendtner)
2029: So, as it stands Arsenal and Man City are both cruising into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Approaching half-time now at the Emirates and Eastlands.
2026: Conor Henderson swings over a lovely free-kick from the Arsenal right and it just evades Ignasi Miquel inside the Leyton Orient penalty area. At City, Villa have a decent spell on the ball, but they just cannot find a way into the City danger area to cause a real problem.
From Dwade on Twitter:
"Are you trying to induce goals by talking about how few chances there are? If so, you're doing a bang up job of it."
2022: Dean Cox flings a cross into the Arsenal box, but once more the dominant figure of Manuel Almunia comes and claims the ball with several players putting pressure on the Spaniard. Leyton Orient are creating anything.
From Ross, Coventry, on text: "What is Houllier playing at, City have played a fair few games over the past couple of weeks, and with a strong team we may have competed. He has lost us this tie. Disgraceful team selection."
Arsenal goal: Difficult to see the O's getting back into it now. Kieran Gibbs floats over a cross from the Gunners left and great Dane Nicklas Bendtner gets up above Charlie Daniels to direct a 10-yard header superbly into the left-hand corner of the Orient net. Cracking use of his bonce.
2017: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Leyton Orient (Bendtner)
2016: Emile Heskey rolls back the years, cutting in from the left and shifting it a yard or two to get a shot past Jerome Boateng, forcing a fine low save from Joe Hart, who does enough to push it away from danger.
2014: I'd take being that rubbish, any day of any week. Meanwhile at the Emirates, Arsenal are huffing and puffing but they are struggling to find any real fluency against Leyton Orient. They continue to lead 1-0.
City goal: Sometimes, he's so good he makes it look like the easiest game in the world. Man City double their lead, this one a Yaya Toure pass that finds Mario Balotelli onside, the Italian maverick coolly side-footing the ball on the half-volley from 15 yards in-off Brad Friedel's right-hand post. What a finish.
2010: GOAL Man City 2-0 Aston Villa (Balotelli)
2009: Aleksandar Kolarov is bombing forward from the Man City left and both Ciaran Clark and Richard Dunne have been called upon to cut out crosses into the Villa box. No real goalscoring chances for either team since that early Yaya Toure strike, though.
2007: Martin Keown's right - Leyton Orient are not even close to being out of this yet. They swing a corner into the six-yard box and it's dangerous, but Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia does well to authoritatively come and claim it among a host of bodies.
BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown: "The crowd need warming up. Arsenal look like they are just doing enough, and really that isn't enough. They are holding back a little bit and they should be trying to finish the job off as soon as possible."
From Kels from Salisbury, on text: "I was worried about Villa's team selection tonight without any threat from Young and Albrighton and I'm being proven to be right."
1959: The Leyton Orient fans think that's in. But it isn't. Charlie Daniels scampers down the O's left, does really well to get almost to the byeline and ping a cross to the six-yard box, where Dean Cox diverts it wide of Manuel Almunia's right-hand post.
1958: Villa have had quite a lot of the ball at Eastlands since City went ahead, and Barry Bannan has a 20-yard shot comfortably saved by Joe Hart. Gabby Agbonlahor is having some joy down their left at the minute.
1956: Oooh, not a million miles away for Orient - a corner is half-cleared by Ignasi Miquel to Ben Chorley, 10 yards out, and he hits a sizzling right-foot volley that cannons off a team-mate and flies out for a goal kick.
Arsenal goal: Urged on by Martin Keown, Tomas Rosicky does indeed perform - and he's helped put the Gunners in front. The Czech midfielder races down the right, skinning an O's defender, and crossing to the edge of the six-yard box where Marouane Chamakh is on hand to slot into the bottom right-hand corner.
1954: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Leyton Orient (Chamakh)
1952: Loose start from Arsenal at the Emirates, with Orient passing the ball around better if anything, but Abou Diaby has a shot blocked by Ben Chorley.
City goal: Well that didn't take very long, did it? A corner is swung in from the City left, Patrick Vieira's header strikes the shoulder of Ciaran Clark and it falls perfectly inside the six-yard box for Yaya Toure to thump into the Villa net. No messing.
1950: GOAL Man City 1-0 Aston Villa (Yaya Toure)
BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown: "You almost get the feeling with Tomas Rosicky sometimes that he's playing in a testimonial. I really want to see him perform tonight - he's been a big player for the Czech side in the past and they need something more from him."
1947: Warm handshake between Arsene Wenger and Russell Slade and we're under way in the fifth-round replay at the Emirates between Arsenal and Leyton Orient. One more warning, Arsenal - I once went to a Forest game at home against a Slade-managed side expecting to win easily, and ended up on the wrong end of a
cataclysmic 5-2 thrashing.
Just saying, like.
1945: Referee Mark Clattenburg - heard of him? - gets us under way at Eastlands as Manchester City face Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
From OptaJoe on Twitter:
"Aston Villa have only won two of their last 12 FA Cup matches against fellow Premier League sides... Leyton Orient are unbeaten in their last nine FA Cup matches away from home."
From James, Basingstoke, on text: "Cultured Spanish defender Miquel is a younger model of Gerard Pique by all accounts. Worth a watch tonight."
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade: "We've got one or two of the boys who have been on the sick bed involved tonight. Steve Dawson has done well to make it and it's a shame Jimmy Smith can't play. The attitude of my players has always been right - tonight, our discipline when we haven't got the ball has to be spot-on."
From Peter_L_Mason on Twitter:
"Team choice a calculated risk by Wenger - certainly gives The Os a chance, but Arsenal have something to prove after Sunday."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "We want to respond quickly and not let emotions interfere with what we want to achieve this season. The players want to produce a big response and we have prepared for that. It's game after game and it's how quickly they react to disappointments will decide how successful a season we have. Conor Henderson has had injuries but he's a talented boy, good passing, good technique, good crosses, and I think he'll have a good game tonight. We want to dominate and dictate and stop them being dangerous on counter-attacks."
Man City v Aston Villa team news: Saj Chowdhury reports:"Manchester City forwards Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko miss out on a place in the starting XI and are on the bench. Spanish midfielder David Silva returns from injury as does defender Micah Richards. Michael Johnson is also among the substitutes - he has not made a first-team start since September 2008. Aston Villa make eight changes from the team that beat Blackburn. Fabian Delph deputises for the left-back for Nathan Baker who is out with concussion. Ciaran Clark is at centre-back with James Collins and Carlos Cuellar missing."
Arsenal v Leyton Orient team news: Chris Whyatt reports:
"Strongish team for Arsenal though only Tomas Rosicky remains from that defeat on Sunday. All eyes will be on yet another ball-playing midfielder off the Gunners production line: Irishman Conor Henderson, 19, makes his first team debut. So does 18-year-old Ignasi Miquel, a cultured Catalan centre-back who rejected Barcelona. Leyton Orient captain Steve Dawson does start after recovering from a knee injury. The heroic O's supersub striker who forced this replay, Jonathan Tehoue, is again on the bench."
1927: Need a reminder of the FA Cup quarter-final draw? Stoke v West Ham Man City/Aston Villa v Reading Birmingham v Bolton Man United v Leyton Orient/Arsenal FA Cup draw details in full
From Ste, Co Durham, on text: "Villa to win 2-1, Mancini to get sacked, Orient to win in Fergie time and my bitterness from last night's defeat to Chelsea to disappear!"
1918: More on
Danny Wilson's resignation as Swindon manager,
if that floats your boat. "Naturally, I am bitterly disappointed to be leaving Swindon, especially after last season's success, but I know that football is a results-driven game, and unfortunately in the past two months the results have just not been good enough," said Wilson.
1916: Man City v Aston Villa line-ups: Man City: Hart, Richards, Boateng, Lescott, Zabaleta, Barry, Vieira, Toure Yaya, Kolarov, Silva, Balotelli. Subs: Taylor, Michael Johnson, Dzeko, Jo, Tevez, Boyata, Wabara. Aston Villa: Friedel, Herd, Clark, Dunne, Delph, Agbonlahor, Petrov, Bradley, Bannan, Heskey, Delfouneso. Subs: Marshall, Downing, Ashley Young, Pires, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Walker. Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
1911: Apparently, neither Carlos Tevez nor Edin Dzeko start for Manchester City this evening. Full teams on the way.
From GoonerIshy, on text: "Glad Conor Henderson is getting a chance, a great young talent. But we need the result tonight so I hope Arsene knows what he's doing!"
Manchester City v Aston Villa scene-setter: Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Manchester City have not won a major title since 1976 and if that cabinet sees no addition for another season then there will be a major inquest. The pressure is on Roberto Mancini's millionaires. He seemed to suggest this week that they have "two options" of winning something - has he given up on the league? They face an Aston Villa side who have only lost one of nine and beat City in January."
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