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By Mike Henson

1839: All done and dusted with today's action then. There isn't much let-up in the live football though. We will bringing you all the action from a five-match Premier League programme on Tuesday evening on these pages, with the small matter of the transfer deadline day slamming shut at 2300 GMT the same night. It is going to be busy, hope to see you back here for it.

BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Bit of life left in the old FA Cup yet. Still matters!"

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish: "We still had chances in the second half to get at least a draw. But it was a terrible eight minutes. I thought the second goal was very harsh - Theo Walcott put the ball in with his arm."

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From Malick, in South London, via text: "Walking out of Emirates, still buzzing, what a comeback! Lesson learnt to all of us Gunners fans, enough of the dooms day mood, let's support the team and results will follow!"

1830: "I felt 2-0 down was harsh for us. But we dominated the second half against Manchester United last week and we did so again. We tried to keep focused and calm," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Asked whether he will sign anyone before the transfer window, he added: "I cannot say nothing will happen but it will be a bit of a miracle now."

1826: So can that comeback give Arsenal the impetus to turn around their Premier League form? Their next three games are Bolton (a), Blackburn (h) and Sunderland (a) which might be a chance to make some headway before they take on AC Milan at the San Siro on 15 February.

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From Steve, in Highbury, via text: "Re: Simon in Leeds- We aren't fickle (or whatever other word you use) just frustrated at lack of quality players coming to Arsenal. We pay highest price season tickets in the world, last summer got £70M+ for Cesc, Nasri and Clichy. Can you name the last quality, accomplished player we bought? No, me neither!"
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From Anonymous via text:"This whole Wenger argument has me baffled... he is a great manager, and if Arsenal fans don't want him, we at Aldershot will have him! He will decide when he feels his time is up, because you cannot fire him."
Theo Walcott: "I enjoyed the second half. The team worked so hard. This Cup means masses to us, because we haven't won anything for a long time. We want to win this trophy. It shows we've got great character, when no-one thinks we do. We need a bit of luck and perhaps our luck has changed now."

1816: The Gunners will face whoever emerges victorious from the replay of Middlesbrough and Sunderland's tie in the next round.

Robin van Persie: "If you're 2-0 behind it's always going to be hard to come back. It was a crazy 16 minutes in the second half, which changed the entire game. Credit to us all, because we worked hard and we're still in it, which is vital. To score 120 goals for Arsenal is a big honour. Dennis Bergkamp is a big legend and I have massive respect of him, so to score as many goals as him at Arsenal is a great honour."

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From Tom, a fed up Villa fan, via text: "A shameful collapse. Don't know what it is at the moment but we seem embarrassed to wear the shirt. And Alan Hutton is a liability."

Manchester United striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "What a comeback that was. Wenger must have hit the right notes in his HT team talk!"

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From Anonymous via text: "Laughing at all these pro Wenger messages. Arsenal fans had every right to boo at half time, they were awful and defending terribly. They've had 2 penalties and a fluky goal, not exactly inspiring team talk stuff."

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Former England manager Graham Taylor for BBC Radio 5 live at the Emirates Stadium: " It was a tremendous comeback by Arsenal and you could say that they played for 25 minutes at their real best. During that time you saw the real Arsenal and that's what people want to see. If they can continue playing like that who knows where it can take them."

1801: High fives all round among the hosts at the final whistle. Probably as much relief as jubilation in there for the Gunners though. They would have been on the receiving end of some searching questions if they had failed to improve on that first-half showing.

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From Nathan, in Croydon , via text: Re 1730: "We should be doing that every game! That's what differentiates Barca's style of football from Arsenal's. (Plus they put their chances away too, which helps!)"

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From Simon, in Leeds, via text: "Wenger makes mistakes but is still a world class boss. Those Arsenal fans calling for his head should be very careful what they wish for. Jonny (1730) calls them fickle, I can think of a few other words…"

FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa

1754: The crowd get excited for a moment as Thierry Henry finds himself in space on the edge of the area. The Frenchman's pace isn't what it was though and he is hustled out of it before he can get a shot away.

1753: A trip on Francis Coquelin by Gary Gardner gives Arsenal a free-kick deep in Villa territory and some respite.

1751: Four minutes of injury time come up on the board and Aston Villa are throwing everyone forward for one last push.

1750: Bacary Sagna comes on for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gives way to Thierry Henry. Big cheers for all four players.

1748: Arsenal are taking their time over their set-pieces as you might expect. Bacary Sagna, who last played on 2 October, is readying himself on the sidelines to make his comeback.

1746: Alex McLeish is raging at the linesman's decision to raise his flag against Robbie Keane, even through the striker left the ball to Gary Gardner when he realised that he may be ruled offside.

1742: Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish throws Barry Bannan into the mix in place of Stiliyan Petrov. Eight minutes to go.

1741: Arsenal still less than convincing at the back, especially in the air. They are fortunate to still be ahead after Ciaran Clark nods Stephen Ireland's cross straight into the gloves of Lucasz Fabianski.

Jack Shepherd on Twitter: "If Wenger gives team talks like that, that's the kind of guy I want to work for. Good on Wenger."

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From Rob, from Middlesbrough , via text: "Wouldn't be surprised if Arsene ran up to the cameras with his finger to his lips celebrating at silencing those critics... "

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: " Last time #Arsenal won a match after trailing by 2+ goals was vs Bolton 2 years ago. In 2010, they won 4-2 after trailing 0-2 (in PL)."

1736: Fifteen minutes remaining as Arsenal pop the ball about the middle of the field in confident style. And well they might after that blitz of goals. Robin van Persie's second goal was his 25th of the season by the way.

1734: Changes for both sides as Gary Gardner comes on for Gabriel Agbonlahor for Villa as Tomas Rosicky is replaced by Mikel Arteta for the hosts.

1732: The Arsenal defence opens up briefly for Stiliyan Petrov, but the Bulgarian can't get the ball away to Darren Bent who is lurking in the middle, arms outstretched.

1730: Arsenal are nipping at the heels of the Aston Villa players whenever they have possession, pressurising them into giving the ball away almost immediately. A vastly improved showing from the Gunners off the ball as well as on it since the break.

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From Jonny, in Manchester, via text: "Good on Arsenal. Shows what you can do when you have such an encouraging home support!! Fickle is probably the word. It's easy to cheer when you're winning."

1728: The game has settled down after that Arsenal onslaught, but do Villa have anything left in the tank to provide a response?

James Dileva on Twitter: "Villa self-destructing... From elation to deflation! Guess the 'McLeish out' chants will soon start."

Brian Devitt on Twitter: "Where is the anti-Wenger brigade now? Only sing when you're losing."

Jack Finnamore on Twitter: " This Aston Villa capitulation is almost as bad as the England cricketers."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England manager Graham Taylor for BBC Radio 5 live at the Emirates Stadium: "I have to say that when you see Arsenal playing in the way that we know they can play, with good one touch passing and moving, they are a good team to watch."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: It's all over in League Two and at the Pirelli Stadium it's finished Burton Albion 1-1 Oxford United. The Brewers will be disappointed with just a point having led the game for so long, and the draw extends their winless run to six. For Oxford the point proves valuable as they end January safely in the play-offs. You get the impression that Us boss Chris Wilder will be the happier of the two managers this evening.

Scottish League Cup update: Celtic are through to meet Kilmarnock in the final. Anthony Stokes cracked in a wonderful free kick then tapped one in, adding to Scott Brown's first-half penalty as the SPL leaders ran out 3-1 winners against Falkirk. The Bairns were a credit to the First Division, with a performance full of vim and vigour, but could not match the pace and power of Neil Lennon's side.

Arsenal goal A quarter of an hour of relentless Arsenal pressure and they have blown Aston Villa apart so far since the break. Laurent Koscielny has his blood up and canters forward. Darren Bent slides in to try and halt his progress but it is an untidy one and the referee gives a penalty that Robin van Persie tucks the other side of Shay Given.

GOALFLASH Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa (Van Persie pen)

Someone has won a penalty

Arsenal goal Arsenal are back level as Theo Walcott skins his man out wide on the right, takes a stroll down the byline and attempts to flick the ball past Shay Given. The keeper gets enough of a block on it to keep out the initial effort, but Alan Hutton's hasty clearance cannons off Walcott and finds the back of the net anyway.

GOALFLASH Arsenal 2-2 Aston Villa (Walcott)

Arsenal goal Richard Dunne, already booked, is lucky to stay on the pitch as he slides straight through the side of Aaron Ramsey as the Welshman bursts into the box. Robin van Persie slots home from 12 yards.

GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa (Van Persie pen)

1713: Arsenal have Villa pinned back in their defensive third and Aaron Ramsey pokes a timid shot at Shay Given after zappy passing before Thomas Vermaelen whacks one wide from distance.

1710: Theo Walcott is almost through after a cute back-heel from Aaron Ramsey, but Richard Dunne gets a toe in to nick it away from him as he gets ready to pull the trigger.

1708: Arsenal immediately on the attack and they are close to pulling one back straight away. Robin van Persie's corner is met by a forceful header from Per Mertesacker and Stephen Ireland's goalline clearance is all that prevents a goal with Shay Given beaten.

Opta Sports on Twitter: " 2 - Aston Villa are the first visiting side to score more than once at the Emirates in a domestic cup match. Crumble"

1705: Back under way at the Emirates.

1703: Despite the scoreline Arsenal have looked decent, if not devastating, going forward. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has been bright, it would be a brave move from Arsene Wenger to take him off before the end now.

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From Callum, in Eastbourne, via text: " Why does it always seem to take an opposition goal to spurn us on? Getting annoyed with the same old excuses week-in-week-out. Job swap for Mourinho and Wenger ASAP please! "

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From Anonymous, via text: " Wenger is finished, we can't take much more of this."

1701: This could be a massive second half for Arsenal. After defeats in their last three Premier League games, the Champions League could be their only real hope of silverware this season. And considering the standard set by Barcelona and Real Madrid, that is not looking great for them.

Former England manager Graham Taylor for BBC Radio 5 live at the Emirates Stadium on Arsenal being booed off: "Arsenal have the players to knock the ball about to one and another but when you have as much possession as Arsenal have but they are not getting shots in then it starts to irritate people. You see your side in total control but you don't see the opposition goalkeeper worked, that is what is frustrating people."

Half time
Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
Neil Johnston's HT snapshot: "The jeers ring out at the Emirates after Villa show the hosts how to score. Arsenal, guilty of some wasteful finishing, have it all to do to save this tie after goals by Richard Dunne and Darren Bent put the visitors in control."

HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

Aston Villa goal: A delicious counter-attacking goal from Villa places Arsenal and Arsene Wenger in the deep stuff. Stephen Ireland rewards Darren Bent's angled run with a perfectly weighted ball in behind the Arsenal defence. Bent's first effort is repelled by Lucasz Fabianski, but the striker slides home the rebound from an acute angle. Lovely finish, a less than lovely reaction from the Arsenal fans who jeer their team as they trudge off for half-time.

GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa (Bent)

@Kevinonearth on Twitter: " Lovely cross from Keane onto his national team-mate's head! Why did he ever go Stateside?"

1648: Arsenal knocking on the door now. Aaron Ramsey floats past Carlos Cuellar on the left flank and Shay Given rushes out to block the Welshman's cut-back towards a penalty box packed with poised Arsenal attackers.

Former England manager Graham Taylor for BBC Radio 5 live at the Emirates Stadium: "Dunne jumped extremely high to get on the end of that. Keane has put a good ball in and Dunne has out-jumped everyone. It will be interesting to see what happens to Arsenal now after they had been in control."

1634: That goal has brought Arsenal to life and Shay Given takes two attempts to get a proper grip on Tomas Rosicky's effort from the edge of the box.

Aston Villa goal: Well, well. A well-worked corner routine puts Robbie Keane in space on the byline and the on-loan Irishman clips over a teaser of a cross to the back post where Richard Dunne leaps over Laurent Koscielny to head in from all of two yards.

GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa (Dunne)

Brighton midfielder Alan Navarro on Twitter: "Wow, for two days in 1 season I won't b a liverpool supporter [after the sides met in the League Cup], great draw for everyone involved with #bhafc, I'm gonna need about 30 tickets lol haha"

1634: Per Metesacker has looked untroubled at the back so far for Arsenal and the German blasts through a block tackle in no-nonsense style. Things have dried up a bit at the other end for the Gunners though, after a fast start that caught Villa cold.

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From Derek Jamieson, from Stevenage, on the FA Cup draw via text: "Great day for Stevenage, the town will be immortalised for ever. What a year we have had , do think they should consider switching the tie. Stevenage is full of spurs fans and the Lane would be rocking also our longest serving player Ronnie Henry will be chuffed his granddad played 4 spurs when they won double in 60's"
1631: Darren Bent had a brief sighting of goal when a ball whizzed across the front of him, with Lucasz Fabianski flying out to block, early in the match but there has not been much else up front for the away side.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: An hour gone in the only lower-league game of the day and Oxford United have just drawn level with Burton Albion after Alfie Potter converts a close-range chance. Burton had led for most of the game through an Adam Bolder strike on 13 minutes. The current scoreline means by six o'clock Oxford could have leapfrogged Accrington and climbed into seventh place and a play-off position.

1626: Robin van Persie blasts a free-kick into the base of the Villa ball after Stephen Warnock pokes a foot in on Aaron Ramsey. The visitors' left-back is also struggling to contain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who drags a low shot wide shortly after.

1622: Aaron Ramsey wins the ball with a snapping tackle in midfield, frees Theo Walcott and the Englishman's cross is not far from then outstretched boot of Robin van Persie in the middle.

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From Oliver, Arsenal fan, via text: " The lack of pace in the villa defence and in Mertesacker will be key to this game.."

Tom Robinson on Twitter: "Agbonlahor has got to put as much pressure on Coquelin as possible. Best source of joy for Villa I reckon"

1616: No end product they say, and Theo Walcott isn't disproving the theory as he scampers onto a pass from Tomas Rosicky, rides Carlos Cuellar's tackle but slaps shot wide from a decent position.

1611: Aston Villa have settled into the game a little better and Francis Coquelin needs to be on his toes to cut out a cross-field pass that could have pened up the Gunners defence.

Scottish League Cup update: It's all square at half time in the semi-final . Scott Brown slotted home a penalty for Celtic but Falkirk have been impressive and teenager Jay Fulton rolled in a sweet equaliser shortly before the break.

Former England manager Graham Taylor for BBC Radio 5 live at the Emirates Stadium: " It has been all Arsenal, they have had all the possession of the ball and they are having all the chances.

1611: Arsenal have come out the traps the faster of the two sides and are setting about the visitors with plenty of purpose.

1610: An absolute rasper from Thomas Vermaelen stretches Shay Given considerably more. The Belgian defender hammers a free-kick goalwards after it has been touchjed to him by Tomas Rosicky. Given is sprawling and has to get two solid hands behind it to ensure it stays out.

1606: Aaron Ramsey's rather scuffs an effort from 20 yards and it trails through harmlessly to Shay Given in the first meaningful bit of action.

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From Anonymous via text: "Liverpool at home again!! I'll take that. All our ties en route to the Carling Cup final were AWAY from home after all......."

1603: Villa get us under way.

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish: "It's a blow that we lost Marc Albrighton and James Collins in our final training session before the tie. James felt his calf and felt he couldn't do himself justice. Marc has a slight strain in his thigh and we can't take any risks."

1601: The teams are out on the pitch at the Emirates, Thierry Henry's wrapped up in a tracksuit on the bench and we are almost ready for the off in the final FA Cup tie in the weekend. Sunderland or Middlesbrough to come for the winner of this one remember.

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From Neil, from London, via text: "Re: fa cup draw, possibility of an all premier league quarter final, also possible no premier league teams make it. Come on the under dogs!"

Maninder Goraya on Twitter: "Great chances of some cupsets! Brighton will be confident after beating Newcastle, and with Gus Poyet, anything can happen!"

Opta Sports on Twitter: "1 - Arsenal have only lost one of 33 FA cup matches at home under Arsene Wenger. Era"

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill after his side's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough: "The goal from Fraizer gave us a big, big lift and we thought we could win it from that point but that would have been harsh on Middlesbrough. Overall I'm delighted with the team but we need to play for 90 minutes."

Neil Johnston reports: "Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he can handle the taunts as he looks to end a seven-year trophy drought. "I don't think about the fans' reaction; I think about how we can win our game," said Wenger, who was booed by fans replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Manchester United last week. Villa, who will 5,200 fans at the Emirates, have laid on 60 free coaches for supporters, and manager Alex McLeish said: "Our away fans are frighteningly good, they're fantastic from start to finish."

Sunderland striker Frazier Campbell: "I can't put into words what it has been like. It's been a very tough 18 months but moments like this one are what you wait for. I'm really looking forward to the replay and hopefully I can stay injury-free now."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray after his side's 1-1 draw with Sunderland: "Particularly in the second half a few things fell for us and with a break or a ricochet we would have got a goal. We've been better on the road than we have at home this season."

Arsenal: Fabianski, Coquelin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Song, Rosicky, Walcott, van Persie. Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Arteta, Park, Henry, Arshavin, Benayoun.
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, Agbonlahor, Keane, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Neil Johnston reports: "Alex McLeish denied Arsene Wenger a first trophy in six years when he steered Birmingham to a famous win over Arsenal in last season's Carling Cup final. But can the Villa manager upset the Frenchman again? Wenger, seeking his fifth FA Cup triumph in charge of the Gunners, certainly needs a lift after watching his side slump to three straight league defeats. But Villa won on their last visit to the Emirates. Don't rule out another surprise."

1548: Juicy Premier League ties for Stevenage and Crawley against Tottenham and Stoke respectively. Liverpool and Everton both have home ties to look forward to on Merseyside. Thoughts?









1542: Balls out the bag, we are go for real now...

1541: Hold that, plenty of preamble at English football's HQ.

1540: The draw is ready to go, here we go.....

1540: Teams to look for in this last-16 sort out then. League Two Crawley, are ball number four, League One Stevenage are number nine, and Brighton who beat Newcastle yesterday evening are numero uno. Liverpool are 11.

1536: I shared a train with some Arsenal fans on their way back from the defeat by Manchester United last Sunday. Sample quote: "They said we had to move to compete with the best. I'd rather be at Highbury with the team we had there, than where we are now with the team we have now." He has a point doesn't he?

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From Anonymous via text "Lost: one magic hat. Last seen in Highbury area 7 years ago. If found please return to Mr A. Wenger. Brent London ."

Joe Farley on Twitter: "As a Villa fan, the thought of Stephen Warnock being up against Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain genuinely terrifies me."
Arsenal against Aston Villa is with us at 1600 GMT, but first we have the draw for the fifth round coming up...

Robert Morgan on Twitter: "Major shame that Sunderland's James McClean isn't English. Has been a key part of Sunderland's revival under Martin O'Neill!"

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray for BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of Light: "I thought it was a terrific match. A fantastic goal by Barry Robson to open the scoring before he then made the mistake for the equaliser [by Fraizer Campbell]. Both sides were really going for it, there was a great atmosphere and hopefully it will be the same in the replay."

1526: A fine start to the day that. Good, bracing stuff with both teams lobbing everything in the locker at the other. The replay at the Riverside will be played on either 7 or 8 February.

FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-1 Middlesbrough

1523: Boro press forward but Lucas Jutkiewicz can't get on the end of a cross into the box.

1522: Close, very close for Sunderland. James McClean slashes into the wrong side of the side netting after Stephane Sessegnon's run across the front of the Boro defence creates space for him.

Liam Quigley on Twitter: "McClean reminds me of the young James Milner at Leeds and Villa. Strong, quick, direct. Could be a great Premiership player."

1519: There is a buzz every time James McClean gets the ball, but Boro defenders steer him away from goal on this occassion. Four minutes of injury time to play.

1516: Three minutes to go and it could be anyone's with both teams going for the win.

1515: James McClean sweeps in a tempter of a low cross after a neat one-two with Craig Gardener, but defender Matthew Bates does well to get in in front of Frazier Campbell who is lurking in the six-yard box.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray for BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of Light on James McClean: "He's been first class out there. What's great about him is that he gets himself wide on the left and that's so horrible to play against as a defender. If he keeps getting the ball and putting the crosses in it's only a matter of time before Sunderland score from one."

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Robbie Keane starts up front for Aston Villa at the Emirates.

1510: Connor Ripley is on for Danny Coyne in goal for Middlesbrough. The 18-year-old is the son of former Boro winger Stuart Ripley.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukasz Fabianski start for Arsenal with Thierry Henry on the bench.

Yellow card
1506: Rhys Williams has got a little lucky to escape with just a booking for a heavy challenge on David Vaughan, while John O'Shea has had to head to the sidelines with claret spilling from a cut on his forehead. Brewing up into a dogfight for the final 13 minutes of normal time on Wearside.

Tshablalala Alberts on Twitter: "Counter attacking football at its finest by Sunderland! Happy for Fraizer Campbell too, great to see him back, a deserved goal."

1500: A quick manual refresh on your page should bring the link for the 5 live radio commentary into the top right of your page after a switch from 5 live sports extra. For coverage of today's Scottish action there is coverage on Sportscene and on BBC Sport's web pages.

Scottish League Cup update: Celtic take on First Division Falkirk for a place against Kilmarnock in the final. The SPL leaders are on a run of 13 consecutive domestic wins, while the Bairns last two matches have been draws against Raith Rovers and Ayr United. No contest, surely? Hold on just a minute. Falkirk have eliminated cup holders Rangers and Dundee United on their way to Hampden, so it might not be so straightforward.

1454: Michael Turner has replaced Wes Brown at the back for Sunderland. Brown is suffering with a knee injury following that fall a few minutes earlier.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Stadium of Light on the goal: "A mistake by Barry Robson, Sunderland have ended up breaking on Boro. Fraizer Campbell has bust a gut to get there and he's found the bottom corner. I am so pleased for him, he's been out for so long."

Sunderland goal: It is a sweeping move topped off by a fairytale comeback goal for Fraizer Campbell. From a Middlesbrough corner, Sunderland break upfield, Barry Robson has a chance to nip the attack in the bud but misplaces his pass and James McClean plays in Campbell whose finish is hard and low past Danny Coyne. It is his first goal since April 2010.

GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-1 Middlesbrough (Campbell)

1445: Sunderland's Wes Brown has copped a nasty-looking one here, the defender makes a good clearing header but comes down hard on his back as he lands over the top of Marvin Emnes and Kieren Richardson.

Mohamed Jamal Farahon Twitter: "I hope they are watching the #AusOpen at the #Emirates, those boys need to see what true determination is all about."
FYI: Novak Djokovic has just beaten Rafa Nadal in an absolute epic in Melbourne.

1441: Barry Robson is a little closer from a littler closer in at the other end as the Middlesbrough goalscorer sweeps a low curling free-kick wide.

1439: Craig Gardner chances his arm from a set-piece 35 yards out. It is a decent hit but his shot is high and wide and Danny Coyne casually waves it on its way.

1437: Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, wearing a perspex mask to protect a facial injury, loses a cross in flight and takes two attempts to gather the ball.

1434: Fraizer Campbell is on for Connor Wickham as Sunderland get the match back under way at the Stadium of Light. The striker is ahead of schedule in his comeback after having surgery in April.

Opta Sports on Twitter: "4 - Middlesbrough have won none of the last four matches against Sunderland in all comps (D2 L2), despite being ahead in three."

1431: Fresh off the Goodison Park presses during the half-time break is the news that midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has completed his move to Spartak Moscow.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Just the one fixture in League Two this afternoon as Oxford United, hovering just a point outside the play-offs, travel 95 miles north to the Pirelli Stadium to take on Burton Albion. Both sides have designs on a top-seven finish or better, and three points for either club will catapult them into that position. Burton boss Paul Peschisolido says the next 10 games are a "make or break period" for his side this season. The Brewers are 11th and haven't won since Boxing Day, so the home side's fans will hope that overdue win arrives today.

1428: Bang on. A good bit of blood and thunder stuff as the first half drew to an end and that Barry Robson strike was a pearler. Clean as a whistle, fresh as a thistle. Now there is some action elsewhere as well today, let me fill you in...

Half time
Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough
Jefferson Lake's HT snapshot: "Barry Robson's classy volley means it's advantage Boro in a lively Cup tie at the Stadium of Light that has contained plenty of north-east spice and lots of goalmouth action."

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From Anonymous, via text: "I've just got out the blue lagoon near Reykjavik, after asking my now fiancé to marry me on Friday night to the news Barry Robson has scored a belter against the Mackems - the best man decision may have just been made for me!!!!"

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Stadium of Light: "Both sides look very positive on the ball and it looks good for the second half with both sides definitely going for the win."

HALF-TIME Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough

1421: Big chance for Boro. Actually it is three chances is the space of about two seconds. Lucas Jutkiewicz hits hard but too straight after being played in by Faris Haroun, Haroun shanks the rebound after Simon Mignolet parries, and Jutkiewicz snatches at the loose ball and plants wide. Pinball stuff which Sunderland are lucky to escape from without falling further behind.

Yellow card
1414: Boro defender Justin Hoyte has his name taken by Kevin Friend and he is perhaps a tad fortunate to escape with just a booking as he chops down Stephane Sessegnon just below the ankle.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Stadium of Light, talking about Connor Wickham: "I saw his debut against Bolton and I thought for the first 10 or 15 minutes he struggled to find his feet but by the second half he had settled in well. He has done ever so well since getting into the side and he's doing ever so well today."

1412: The ball is in the net, but Craig Gardner's celebration in front of the Middlesbrough fans is cut short by the linesman's flag. The midfielder's hand was involved as he brought down Kieren Richardson's long ball forward before turning and shoooting past Danny Coyne.

1408: Middlesbrough's medics are taking in the view up Rhys Williams' nostrils after the defender was caught by James McClean's shoulder as the pair waited for a setpiece to come into the box. Purely accidental, but that McClean is a solid-set lad. And Williams is back on.

Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Stadium of Light: "Sunderland have responded well [since going behind], there were the two McClean chances, the one from Seb Larsson and the one that just went off the defender. So they have been knocking on the door but I am going to give some credit to Middlesbrough and the way they have set up and the way they are playing."

1404: Sunderland are neat and tidy in possession and are working the ball into some good areas, but they aren't showing much in the way of cutting edge as yet. A few moans and groans from the home fans as a pass is misplaced in midfield.

1401: Connor Wickham is hobbling heavily, not quite sure how he picked up the knock but he may not be much longer for this match. Ji-Dong Won is the likeliest replacement should he come off.

From Anonymous, via text: Re 1309: "Wenger would never spend the money! He may stretch to a glass of water which has the potential to mature into something stronger. "

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From a tense Arsenal fan, on the train to the Emirates, via text: "Everyone sending in texts and tweets presuming Arsenal will be in the next round. If there's one team at the moment who you DON'T put your life savings on - it's us."

1357: Two decent chances for Sunderland and James McClean in particular. The winger gallops through from a Connor Wickham flick-on and fires into goalkeeper Danny Coyne's knees before failing to get more than a glance of a forehead onto an inviting David Vaughan cross. Pressure building from the hosts.

1352: Craig Gardener has scored some beauties this season, but that one is not making the scrapbook as he smashes well over from 30 yards.

1349: A lot quieter than it was five minutes ago now at the Stadium of Light and Marvin Emnes can't quite sort out his feet as Middlesbrough tinker around in the attacking third looking to create an opening.

Middlesbrough goal: It is something against the run of play so far but there is no arguing with the quality of Barry Robson's strike. Nothing wrong with John O'Shea's header clear from Faris Haroun's cross, but the Scot, running across goal to reach the dropping ball, lashes a superb volley low into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough (Robson)

1346: Almost a bit of comic own-goal action as Seb Hines' clearing header from a Sunderland corner thuds into the back of team-mate Faris Haroun. The ball loops up and over the bar to Boro's relief.

1343: Stephane Sessegnon, scorer of an 24-carat belter against Swansea last time out, swerves outside Barry Robson and, with a bit of time on the left flank, sweeps in a cross towards Sebastian Larsson, but the Swede's header is well wide.

BBC pundit Michael Gray for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Stadium of Light: "It's great to see Fraizer Campbell back and all credit to him [he is back ahead of schedule]. I saw him in a recent reserve game and he looked really sharp and scored a goal."

1335: Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald leathers an effort from 20 odd yards as the ball sits up invitingly for him. It is pretty simple stuff for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet though who drops on the ball as it bounces in front of him.

1332: Middlesbrough kick off and the crowd are in full voice. There is some BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary for UK users that you can on the top left of your screen with a quick manual refresh.

1330: Just before we get going it is probably worth mentioning that there a fair few moan and groans of admiration from across the desks here where some of my colleagues are working on an epic Australian Open final. If you want a quick squint at what is going there, there is a live commentary on our pages, but I want you back here sharpish.

1328: Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray tells ITV in the tunnel that the club need to get back into the Premier League as soon as possible. At the expense of a Cup run perhaps?

1325: The Stadium of Light is filling up nicely but Middlesbrough's Julio Arca, who played 177 times for the Black Cats between 200 and 2006, has been denied a return through suspension.

1321: Striker Frazier Campbell is on the Sunderland bench today and if he manages to get on the field, it will be his first appereance since suffering cruciate ligament damage in the 1-0 win over Manchester City in August 2010. He could turn out to be a useful additional option up front this season for O'Neill.

Michael Burnett on Twitter: "Quite fancy Paul Lambert to get Norwich to the FA cup final - he's got previous with cup underdogs - remember Wycombe?"

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From Anoymous, via text:"Give Chelsea to Crawley and Liverpool to Stevenage. The big sides get to play each other all the time."
The balls are drawn at 1540 GMT and we will be plastering them across this page as soon as they roll out.

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From Liam, in Bristol, via text: "Kenny, Wenger, Fergie, Redknapp and Boas sitting in a pub. Wenger goes up and buys the first round of drinks. Boas the second, Redknapp the third, Fergie the fourth. Kenny buys the next but Fergie complains "Where's mine?!" Kenny replies "Sorry pal, this is the fifth round and you're not in it."

Sunderland v Middlesbrough (1330 GMT)
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Richardson, Larsson, Vaughan, Gardner, McClean, Sessegnon, Wickham. Subs: Westwood, Turner, Campbell, Colback, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady.
Middlesbrough: Coyne, Hoyte, Bates, Rhys Williams, McMahon, Hines, Haroun, Robson, McDonald, Emnes, Jutkiewicz. Subs: Ripley, Bennett, Luke Williams, Martin, Park, Main, Smallwood.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

1309: A fair few tweets and texts coming in are suggesting that getting hold of the FA Cup could keep the restive souls in the Emirates cushioned seats happy a little longer for boss Arsene Wenger. A loss today would be a fourth defeat in five matches across all competitions for the Gunners and the crowd's reaction after that would be interesting indeed.

Opta Sports on Twitter: "5 - Sunderland have won only five of their last 11 FA Cup games against sides from a lower division. Superior? "

From a cold Boro fan, in London, via text: "A cup run would be lovely, but I'd rather get back in the Premier League than win today!"

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From Ben at the Stadium of Light, via text: "This isn't a real derby to us Sunderland fans, it's a pretend one. Newcastle is our derby."
Well, I think that might be one Sunderland fan already taking an opposite view to Martin O'Neill's below.

Jefferson Lake reports: "Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray does not believe his team should be called giantkillers if they are victorious in the Wear-Tees derby at Sunderland. Mowbray will tell his players not to feel like the poor relations in the game and is confident they will not suffer from any form of "inferiority complex." His opposite number Martin O'Neill wants the game to showcase the spirit of north-east football and a region that used to be a hotbed. He also gave a show of support to Boro, saying: "I might be in the minority on this, but I want Middlesbrough to get promotion."

1256: This will be only Connor Wickham's sixth start for his new club since signing from Ipswich for £8m in the summer. Martin O'Neill has drawn some superb performances from the likes of James McClean since his arrival as manager, is he the man to get Wickham firing? He certainly got Emile Heskey playing back in the pair's Leicester days.

Moshino Al Pachino on Twitter: "FA cup 5th round draw Chelsea vs Liverpool, Arsenal vs Tottenham, now that would be interesting."

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Connor Wickham starts up front for Sunderland, full team line-ups to follow shortly.

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From Ally, a Liverpool fan, via text: " Since the derby has been postponed due to our Carling Cup final, a nice Liverpool-Everton 5th round would be nice to fill that gap on the 18/19th."

Jefferson Lake reports: "After a comfortable win at Peterborough in round three, Sunderland will look to build on their progress under manager Martin O'Neill by advancing to the last 16 for the first time in eight years. In their way in the Wear-Tees derby stand a Middlesbrough side who have not won away from home against top-flight opposition in the FA Cup since 2001. Boro, fifth in the Championship and hunting promotion under Tony Mowbray, have only won one of their last five."

1246: Let's get down to business then. First up is a north-east tear-up and Jefferson Lake has the lowdown...

1241: Potentially fresh faces at lots of different clubs then and there will be a new feel to these BBC live text commentaries from February. We are talking a better lay-out, quicker updates, include pictures, bells and whistles. We're looking forward to it and I think you should be too.

DR7 on Twitter: "Mourinho for #LFC #MUFC #MCFC #THFC #CFC and Nigel Adkins' assistant at Southampton. Hell of a job share. #specialone."

Manchester City winger Adam Johnson on Twitter: "Good luck to my old club Middlesbrough in the big derby match today!"

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Couple of very interesting shouts here this morning that Man Utd should have signed Friedel to allow De Gea to develop. Makes sense that."

1235: Our gossip column has collected together the choicest cuts of tittle-tattle, including the tale that a certain Portu-geezer has tired of managing Real Madrid and is on his way back to the Premier League. Blimey.

1229: There has barely been a gentle draught of business wafting through the open transfer window so far this month. But judging from the papers that landed on the desks here at the BBC Sport Centre this morning, there is a storm brewing out there. Liverpool striker Andy Carroll could be at the eye of it all for the second year running with him variously leaving Anfield in exchange for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez or Newcastle's Demba Ba depending on your reading material of choice.

Paul Grimes on Twitter: "I'd say the "Red Devils" are looking forward to the 5th round draw today, Crawley Town that is."

From Luke, a M'boro fan in Reading, via text: "Huge game for Boro, need a result to get us running again in the league, plus, this is Sunderland! Ties don't come tougher than this."

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1221: So there is plenty to be going at today with shrewd analysis, pinpoint predictions and razor-sharp wit. You can't count of me for any of those though, so I hope you are ready to wade in. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, or text in via 81111 (UK) using FOOTBALL before your message.

1218: The draw for the fifth round will be taking place at around 1540 GMT as well and, after some absolute monster ties emerged from the pot for the last two rounds, we'll be throwing them at you right here as they happen.

1216: In 10 previous FA Cup meetings Arsenal have beaten Villa six times, lost three times with one draw, while Sunderland lead the Wear-Tees derby tally 59-45. I'd love to pretend those sort of stats are coming off the top of my head. But I don't think I'm letting you into some sort of text commentary magic circle by revealing they are cribbed from our pre-match packages of team news, match facts and more. Help yourselves, there is plenty more where they came from.
Sunderland v Middlesbrough (1330 GMT)
Arsenal v Aston Villa (1600 GMT)

1214: An FA Cup final was the peak of that exciting Boro side of the mid-90s with the likes of Fabrizio Raveneli, Emerson Juninho and, er, Phil Stamp turning out in the 1997 showpiece defeat to Chelsea, while Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill's soft spot for the Black Cats developed from listening to childhood hero Charlie Hurley in action for the side in the 1961 competition.

1211: There is a fair bit of FA Cup and Wembley history intertwining the teams in today's late kick-off. Arsenal, whose fans are depressingly aware that their last piece of silverware came in their 2005 FA Cup shoot-out win over Manchester United, suffered Wembley defeat at Alex McLeish's hands last year in the Carling Cup final. The Scot has crossed the second city to take charge of Aston Villa and a return to English football's HQ would do his popularity no harm in the Holte End.

1200: Afternoon all. With the holders Manchester City and the defending Premier League champions Manchester United both out, and League Two Crawley among those through to the last 16, this FA Cup is starting to open out quite nicely isn't it? Arsenal, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are hoping to make it into today's fifth round, and probably a little bit more.

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