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FA Cup fourth round as it happened

Cardiff 0-0 Arsenal
Liverpool 1-1 Everton


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By Jonathan Stevenson

1835: I think it's time to call it a weekend. Today never quite got as explosive as we were expecting, but you can't always get lucky, can you? Hope you've enjoyed it, trust I'll see you again on Tuesday for some Premier League action. 606 is on BBC Radio 5 Live right now and our Aussie Open tennis coverage continues tonight. Meantime, take it easy.

1833: "Can't believe it - after countless refresh button pressing... we've drawn Chelsea! Come on you Orns. Technical problems forgiven!"
Amelie, Watford, via text on 81111

1828: "Derby or Nottingham Forest v Manchester United? Poor, poor Stevo."
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Poor? On the contrary, my friend. What a draw for the winners of that one - it gets no better.

1826: Sorry about the delay in that draw, typical technical problems just at the wrong moment.


Sheffield United v Hull
Watford v Chelsea
West Ham v Middlesbrough
Sunderland or Blackburn v Coventry
Derby or Nottingham Forest v Manchester United
Swansea v Fulham
Liverpool or Everton v Doncaster or Aston Villa
Cardiff or Arsenal v West Brom or Burnley

1819: "Is United's game v Everton still on Monday or is it going to be brought back?"
David, Jerusalem, via text on 81111

It'll be on Saturday now, I'm led to believe.

1816: Numbers of the teams involved in the fifth-round draw:

1 Liverpool or Everton
2 Manchester United
3 Hull City
4 Sunderland or Blackburn Rovers
5 West Ham United
6 Sheffield United
7 Cardiff City or Arsenal
8 Swansea City
9 Chelsea
10 Doncaster Rovers or Aston Villa
11 West Bromwich Albion or Burnley
12 Coventry
13 Fulham
14 Watford
15 Derby or Nottingham Forest
16 Middlesbrough

1813: The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup is a couple of minutes away.

1812: Fourth round replay dates:

Tuesday, 3 February
Arsenal v Cardiff (1945 GMT)
Burnley v West Brom (1945 GMT)

Wednesday, 4 February
Aston Villa v Doncaster (1945 GMT)
Blackburn v Sunderland (2000 GMT)
Everton v Liverpool (2000 GMT)
Nott'm Forest v Derby (1945 GMT)

1810: "Not many have made much about Torres's assist? Probably the best assist I have ever seen."
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1808: "I don't think it was a fair result. Only one team was trying to win. We dominated the game, you just have to score when you create chances. They came for a draw."
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez

1806: "Mission accomplished for Everton. With Fellaini and Arteta back we'll win at home."
Neil, Arborfield, via text on 81111

1804: "We're confident that we can go and win there. We've done it before and we can do it again."
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

1803: Player Rater update: Joleon Lescott, Everton's goalscorer and defensive inspiration, takes the honours with a top score of 7.76, just ahead of his team-mate Phil Jagielka. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard earns a score of 7.34 to lead his team's ratings, while Ryan Babel remains rock-bottom with a feeble 4.80. But things can, and probably will, change.
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1801: By the way, the replay will be at Goodison Park on Wednesday, 4 February.

1800: That was a truly magnificent display from Everton central defenders Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka. They threw themselves at everything, won countless tackles and headers, made brave blocks all day long and can both be very, very proud of their performances today.

1758: Don't forget, the draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup is just a few minutes away, and we'll bring it to you right here.

1756: "Liverpool had a lot of the ball and were better in the second half, but Everton deserved the draw for their performance. They defended very well and just that one mistake from Tim Howard cost them a goal."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

1754: Full-time Liverpool 1-1 Everton

1751: Alvaro Arbeloa's cross from the right is headed wide by Steven Gerrard, much to the Liverpool captain's frustration.

1751: We are now into injury time at Anfield and there will be three minutes of stoppages.

1750: "Everton's final ball is terrible. I'll be glad to hang on."
John, Carmarthen, via text on 81111

1748: Albert Riera floats a cross from the left out of play for a goalkick, much to the frustration of most of the 43,524 present at Anfield.

1747: Albert Riera goes down under a challenge from Tony Hibbert in the box, but gets a corner.

1746: Andrea Dossena tries a skimmer from 30 yards and it's heading in, but Tim Howard gets down well to make the save. He then lambasts a team-mate for not closing Dossena down quickly enough.

1745: This has become a monumental end-to-end Cup tie now, as they take it in turns to break. We've had 84 minutes of play at Anfield.

1744: "Torres so close. Everton defending like WARRIORS."
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1741: The ball falls to Steven Gerrard in the Everton box and he goes around the defender on the right before pulling the ball back to Fernando Torres on the edge of the six-yard box, but his goalbound effort is blocked by Phil Jagielka.

1741: Everton break quickly but Jack Rodwell loses the ball and Liverpool break with even more speed, Steven Gerrard picking out Dirk Kuyt in the area, but the Dutchman's shot is straight at Tim Howard and this time he gathers.

1740: Fernando Torres seems to be running off his knock. Liverpool win a free-kick in the Everton half for a Leighton Baines handball.

1737: Steven Pienaar is booked for a foul on Martin Skrtel. Fernando Torres is clutching his left ankle. No Robbie Keane on the bench. There are 13 minutes of normal time left.

1736: Fernando Torres is limping.

1736: Liverpool bring on Albert Riera for Ryan Babel, a direct swap down the left, and Everton replace Segundo Castillo with teenager Jack Rodwell.

1735: "What cheek by Mascherano! There was no contact and he fell as if he had been shot."
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1732: Victor Anichebe is struggling with injury, so he goes off and young Dan Gosling replaces the striker.

1731: Steve Bennett decides to keep it 11 v 11 after Javier Mascherano falls theatrically to the floor after a half-hearted challenge from Tim Cahill. The Argentine even pathetically waves an imaginary yellow card while he is on the ground. Good refereeing. And no, I'm not an Everton fan, for crying out loud.

1729: We're halfway through the second half and Liverpool are still dominating possession, but they haven't created a clear-cut chance for a while. I wonder if changes are imminent.

1726: Andrea Dossena has had a poor game from left-back for Liverpool, and he spanks one out of play trying to hit a ball down the line. It's suddenly gone a bit quiet.

1723: "I swear Gerrard and Lampard seem to always score together in the same weekend."
Maj, London, via text on 81111

They just always score. They are both absolutely magnificent.

1721: Steven Gerrard's corner from the right is headed wide by Xabi Alonso. Half an hour left in this one.

1720: Anfield is in full voice now. Everton have shoved Victor Anichebe up front on his own now, with Tim Cahill pushed back into midfield.

1719: "Great link-up play between two world-class players, but that has to go down as a goalkeeping error by Howard!"
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1717: Liverpool are battering Everton now. Fernando Torres chests the ball down for Steven Gerrard and his right-foot volley from 10 yards bounces into the floor and forces a brilliant reflex save from Tim Howard.

1716: Tim Cahill kicks Martin Skrtel in the face and the Liverpool fans want a second yellow for the Everton player, but there's no chance of that. Skrtel is fine.

1714: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Everton
Steven Gerrard likes scoring against Everton, but that is a shocking piece of goalkeeping from Tim Howard. Fernando Torres' magnificent back-heeled pass puts Gerrard away down the left and he hammers in a low shot from 15 yards that seems to be going straight at Howard, but goes straight through him.

1713: The ball falls to Steven Gerrard 16 yards out with his back to goal, and he tries a cheeky little flick over Tim Howard but gets too much on it and it's a goalkick.

1712: "(See 1658) Didn't Liverpool dominate games against the likes of Stoke but still not get a win?!"
Chris, a frustrated Liverpool fan, via text on 81111

1710: Rafa Benitez looks at referee Steve Bennett and points to his watch as Victor Anichebe has treatment on the Anfield pitch, before coming back on. I hate it when managers do that.

1709: Xabi Alonso finds Ryan Babel in some space, but the Dutchman looks lacking in confidence and his touch is way too strong, gifting Tony Hibbert the chance to clear the ball away. Victor Anichebe is now down injured - the last thing Everton need.

1707: Everton have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield since September 1999, when Kevin Campbell struck their winner, 3,408 days ago.

1705: Apparently, Jamie Carragher was trying to tell referee Steve Bennett that Tim Howard was taking two minutes to get play back under way every time he took a goalkick. Bit of an over-reaction, that. Everton come out late for the second half, but we're back under way.

1701: Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was booked after the half-time whistle by referee Steven Bennett, for complaining about Tim Howard's alleged time-wasting tactics. It's about to get lively.

1658: "Having a laugh seeing how people (including Stevo) overreact to one goal when the entire half has been played around Everton's box and they've barely completed a pass. Neville immense? How about invisible? Everton will tire and Liverpool will win - we usually do when we go down 1-0 if you look at this year's results."
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1655: Player Rater update: Everton defenders Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott have been immense in the first half and that is reflected in the marks. They share the top score with 7.38 out of 10, just ahead of Tim Cahill on 7.35. Liverpool's top man is, predictably, Steven Gerrard on 7.06. Ryan Babel needs to buck his ideas up - he's only managing 5.48. Will Rafa check these ratings during his half-time chat?
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1653: "(See 1642) Steve from Anfield sounds like an Evertonian."
Richard from Solihull, via text on 81111

1650: "It's like those old games of three-and-in, isn't it? It's attack against defence, yet for some reason Tim Howard still hasn't had a proper save to make. We knew what Everton's tactics would be because of their injuries, but Liverpool are playing without any width and it's advantage Everton."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

1648: Half-time Liverpool 0-1 Everton

1646: Into the two minutes of added time.

1643: Javier Mascherano has a bit of space to move into and his 25-yard shot hits Joleon Lescott and flies away for a corner, which Everton clear.

1642: "Let Everton have their day and focus on Wigan away on Wednesday. The Cup is not important for Liverpool this time around."
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Which kind of begs the question, why bother going to Anfield, then?

1640: Everton have gone up a gear since their goal, they are swarming all over Liverpool in midfield, with Phil Neville in particular immense. Leon Osman hits a shot just inside the Liverpool box that cannons off a defender and away to safety.

1638: Fernando Torres is furious after Steve Bennett rules he pushed Phil Jagielka in the box as they both went for a header. Jagielka, as has often been the case this season, has been monumental at the back for the visitors.

1637: Remember, Liverpool have not lost at Anfield in any competition since they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Barnsley last season.
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1634: Xabi Alonso is booked for a cynical foul on Steven Pienaar as he struggled to keep up with the Everton midfielder.

1633: Fernando Torres is hassled out of it down the Liverpool left with Tim Cahill doing some admirable tracking back to help out his defence.

1632: "Is it possible that Liverpool are starting to feel the strain and pressure from the title race? It's not a league game, but their form has dipped alarmingly since that little spat..."
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1629: "Forget about zonal marking or whatever, if you're a defender you pick up the player closest to you and no-one got anywhere near Tim Cahill. I mean, where have they been all week?"
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

1627: GOAL Liverpool 0-1 Everton
What have Liverpool got against marking Tim Cahill in their own box? Steven Pienaar swings over that corner, Cahill heads it goalwards and Joleon Lescott glances it in from two yards. Neither of them were being marked. Incredible.

1626: Victor Anichebe wins a corner off Martin Skrtel down the Everton left and set-pieces once again are a very big part of Everton's threat.

1625: The ball bounces off Segundo Castillo's shin and bounces out of play. Maybe if he had his socks rolled up, it would cushion the ball a bit better. He's been woeful.

1624: Today's referee Steven Bennett has apparently not officiated a Liverpool game in the Premier League since he sent off Javier Mascherano in a league game against Manchester United at Old Trafford 10 months ago.

1622: "This match has 0-0 written all over it. Well, actually just at the top of the page, but you know what I mean."
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1619: Steven Pienaar goes on a good run at the Liverpool defence and falls under a couple of challenges 25 yards out, but referee Steve Bennett waves play on once again. For my money, that was a foul, though perhaps Pienaar is looking for it a touch.

1618: I'd love a goal, today. Any time will do, I'm not fussy.

1615: Steven Gerrard collects the ball down the left and drifts infield before picking out Andrea Dossena's run on the left touchline, but his cross is over-hit and Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt cannot get there.

1614: "Rafa has picked two career goals David Ngog ahead of Keane for the bench. Enough said."
Ross, via text on 81111

1612: Jamie Carragher morphes into Johan Cruyff and his brilliant little flick through his own legs creates a yard or two of space inside the Everton box to the left, but his shot lashes into the side-netting.

1611: Fernando Torres turns Tony Hibbert on the edge of the box, but the defender stands his ground well and Liverpool earn a corner. Steven Gerrard goes over to take a corner and he is getting all sorts of abuse from the Everton fans in that part of the ground. He looks massively unbothered.

1609: Tim Cahill is booked for kicking the ball away after he was adjudged to have handled while going for the ball against Martin Skrtel.

1608: "His heels were clipped and that is a penalty."
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1605: Steven Pienaar goes down in the Liverpool box and he appears to fall under a challenge from Xabi Alonso. Probably not a penalty, though you've seen them given. Not for an away team in front of the Kop, maybe.

1605: "I'm interested to see how Segundo Castillo goes about this game. He's got his socks around his ankles, he's clearly never played in one of these games before! He looks like he wants a bit of time to play, but he won't get it today."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

1603: By the way, the FA Cup fifth round draw is going to take place not long after this match, and we are going to bring you that draw right here. Nice one.
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1601: The ball is cleared to Xabi Alonso 25 yards out on the right, and the Spaniard's shot bounces a few yards wide after 20 seconds of play. To think, Alonso was all set to leave Anfield last summer. He's been brilliant this season.

1600: Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard get us under way at Anfield. I wonder where Robbie Keane is.

1559: "Well I did feel we would snatch a 1-0 win with an Arteta free-kick, but now all hope is gone. C'mon Cahill!"
Will, via text on 81111

1557: The Liverpool and Everton players emerge from the tunnel at Anfield and we are not far off kick-off in the last FA Cup tie of the weekend.

1555: Did you know? This is the most played FA Cup fixture of all time. This will be the 21st time these outfits have clashed in the oldest competition of them all, with Liverpool winning nine and Everton six so far. Where's your money this time?

1552: "Say what you want about Benitez - he is a poor man manager. This is no way to build up confidence in your players. Does Sir Alex keep banishing Rooney to the reserves when he goes through goal-barren periods?"
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1548: "It's always important for us to progress in this competition, it's massively vital to try and win the FA Cup, another trophy. I think Robbie Keane has a future here. I wanted to pick 19 players, but could only have 18."
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez

1546: "We're not thinking of the game that's just gone, we're focused on this one. Mikel Arteta's injury is a blow, but injuries happen and you must get on with your job. I'm hoping we can play better than we did on Monday, having an FA Cup run is important for a club like Everton."
Everton boss David Moyes

1544: Great news for England legend David Beckham, who has got off the mark for new club AC Milan today, scoring in the 60th minute to put them 4-1 up against Bologna.

1543: Here's what I think about Robbie Keane - he seems to be rested an awful lot, why is he so tired all the time? Seriously, I don't share Ant's optimism that Keane will definitely play on Wednesday - Rafa Benitez just does not have faith in him. Now Fernando Torres is fit, Keane's chances will become more and more limited. His long-term Anfield career has to be in doubt.

1540: "Re Robbie Keane - oh dear, the vultures are out. LFC have got an arguably more important game against Wigan on Wednesday, when Keane will play. This is Rafa. This is rotation. Have you lot not worked it out by now?"
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1538: We've established that Everton make just one change from Monday's derby, but Liverpool have swapped four players, with Andrea Dossena, Javier Mascherano, Alvaro Arbeloa and Ryan Babel coming back into the team.

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Dossena, Kuyt, Alonso, Mascherano, Babel, Gerrard, Torres.
Subs: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Riera, Aurelio, Benayoun, Leiva Lucas, Ngog.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Anichebe, Castillo, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Cahill.
Subs: Nash, Yobo, Van der Meyde, Jacobsen, Rodwell, Jutkiewicz, Gosling.
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

1534: Time to focus on Liverpool v Everton, do you think? Not long until kick-off at Anfield as these great rivals come up against each other once again.

1531: There are Arsenal players at both ends of the Player Rater spectrum after those 90 minutes at Ninian Park, with Robin van Persie leading at the minute with 7.36, but team-mate Emmanuel 'does anyone like me anymore?' Eboue lagging behind on 4.26. You can still change those marks, if you so wish.
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1528: They will indeed be delighted to get their replay, Cardiff, and it will be at the Emirates on Tuesday, 3 February. Not very helpful for Arsenal, unless they can give a couple of their injured players like Eduardo a run out in the return game.

1525: "Cardiff will be pleased with their efforts, but their lack of endeavour at the end surprised me a little bit. They will be delighted to have got their replay, I'm sure."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Martin Keown

1523: Full-time Cardiff 0-0 Arsenal

1523: Joe Ledley takes the ball to the corner flag instead of cutting inside and causing Arsenal a problem. That sums up much of Cardiff's second-half performance - a very strange decision from the highly-rated midfielder.

1520: Jay Bothroyd is taken off to a standing ovation and Eddie Johnson replaces him for Cardiff.

1520: Robin van Persie is booked for a foul on Kevin McNaughton. Or possibly for complaining about the awarding of the free-kick. Either or.

1519: Samir Nasri's inswinging corner from the left is headed over from six yards by Robin van Persie. We are into injury time now and there will be three minutes of it.

1518: "I haven't seen so many police and stewards at a football match for a very long time."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Darren Fletcher

1517: Jack Wilshere comes on for Nicklas Bendtner for Arsenal.

1517: Ross McCormack nearly creates our cupset moment, curling a fabulous 30-yard free-kick up and over the wall and with Lukasz Fabianski at full stretch, the ball clips the top of the crossbar. Terrific effort.

1516: "Stand by for Keane transfer speculation all week before the window shuts. Keane and Defoe together by next week?"
Mark in Hull, via text on 81111

1514: Abou Diaby just goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. For every brilliant interception or dribble forward, there's always a stray pass following not long behind. Arsenal are doing all the pressing still, they will be desperate for this not to go to a replay.

1511: I cursed the crossing, too. Bacary Sagna spanks one miles out of play from a good position on the right. Eight minutes plus stoppages left.

1510: "This has got replay written all over it. NOT what we need."
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1508: Chris Burke, who has barely touched the ball in the second half, is hauled off by Dave Jones and Tony Capaldi comes on for Cardiff.

1507: Breaking news: Robbie Keane is not even on the Liverpool bench today. "Has he played his last game for the club?" asks Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 Live. Everton's injured midfielder Mikel Arteta is replaced by Segundo Castillo. Full teams soon.

1505: Samir Nasri tries a right-foot curler from 20 yards but it's not quite close enough to the top corner and Peter Enckelman claims comfortably.

1504: Spoke too soon. Samir Nasri crosses from the left and it clips off the head of a Cardiff defender before falling for Emmanuel Adebayor six yards out on the volley - he slices it hopelessly wide.

1503: Nicklas Bendtner tries to dribble his way through the Cardiff defence, but Roger Johnson gets across to cover and the Bluebirds avert the danger. With Bendtner, Adebayor, Nasri and Van Persie on the pitch, you'd expect Arsenal to be lively going forward.

1459: "(See 1435) Arteta could just have decided to walk to Anfield, it's not far across the park after all, and it's a lovely day in the north west."
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1458: Arsenal are going for it. Robin van Persie has another shot saved by Peter Enckelman, before the Dutchman completely wastes a corner from the right by over-hitting it out of play.

1455: One Emmanuel for another, as Adebayor replaces the booed, limping Eboue. Poor fella.

1455: "What's happening with Robbie Keane today? There's rumours going around that he's not in the squad."
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Heard that rumour too. Can't confirm it, but will let you know as soon as we do.

1454: Emmanuel Adebayor is preparing to come on.

1453: Nicklas Bendtner comes over all Brazilian/Peter Crouch, chesting the ball up in the air 15 yards out and trying an audacious overhead kick, which drifts a few yards wide.

1452: Kieran Gibbs' cross from the left is controlled and rifled goalwards by Robin van Persie from an angle, but Peter Enckelman gets down to make the save at his near post.

1450: Abou Diaby's first action is to require a bit of treatment after he is dispossessed in midfield by Ross McCormack. Diaby is OK to continue.

1449: Ross McCormack feels the magic of the Cup and he hammers in a glorious right-foot drive from fully 35 yards that moves in the air and forces Lukasz Fabianski to tip it behind.

1447: Arsenal make the first change of the day and Aaron Ramsey's first trip back to Cardiff ends after 59 minutes, with Abou Diaby coming on in his place. Ramsey, having been booed for most of the game, is applauded off the pitch by all and sundry.

1446: Cardiff have come into it a little more and Jay Bothroyd tries to get on the end of a ball through, but Lukasz Fabianki races off his line to deny the striker.

1445: "Can't wait for Dr Total Football to sign Arshavin. He'll be awesome in the centre of defence, like a young Steve Bould."
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1443: Peter Enckelman's judgement must be as good as an opening batsman on the first morning of a Headingley Test - Robin van Persie whips over the free-kick and it flies about a foot wide of the keeper's right-hand post. Enckelman just stood rooted to the spot and watched it go past.

1443: Arsenal have a free-kick 30 yards out, right of centre, perfect for Robin van Persie...

1442: Arsenal have started the better of the two teams in the second half, I wonder if they can capitalise on their possession. Get the ball to Samir Nasri, that'd be my advice.

1440: "Everton will be nothing without strikers and Mikel Arteta. 2-0 Liverpool."
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1437: Robin van Persie goes on a mazy little run at the heart of the Cardiff defence, but his floated shot drifts a few yards over the crossbar.

1435: Just hearing that Mikel Arteta did not travel with the Everton squad today, so the Toffees will have to do without their talismanic Spanish midfield man against Liverpool at Anfield.

1434: We're back under way at Ninian Park.

1433: I fancy Arsenal to sneak this. I just cannot help but think Cardiff may be made to pay for their profligacy. Against a more clinical team, Arsenal could be 2-0 down already. Not long until we're back under way.

1430: "Stevo, show us some punditry. Say something positive about Eboue. That would be some achievement."
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For what it's worth, I completely agree with the Drogba dude, below. I too thought Eboue was a top-drawer full-back, but a midfielder of any sort he ain't. Not everyone can be a Total Footballer - Arsene Wenger should know that.

1427: Player Rater latest: Robin van Persie is making a good impression with a top score of 7.23 in the half-time standings. Joe Ledley is Cardiff's top performer with 6.88, while Emmanuel Eboue has scored a shocking 4.55. Vote to your heart's content.
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1423: "Eboue was actually a brilliant right-back before Wenger turned him to a mediocre winger."
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1419: "It'll be interesting to see what happens in the second half now, whether the Arsenal quality will show more as the game goes on. Cardiff just need to keep playing as they are."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Martin Keown

1418: Half-time Cardiff 0-0 Arsenal

1417: Cardiff pile some pressure on Arsenal and there is an appeal for handball in the Gunners box turned down, before Joe Ledley has a shot blocked. Arsenal race up the other end and Nicklas Bendtner's cross is deflected out for a corner before he heads over from four yards from the resulting set-piece.

1416: Paul Parry's excellent cross from the left is punched half away by Lukasz Fabianski and the Arsenal defence complete the clearance. The delivery today has been sensational.

1414: Robin van Persie tries to turn sharply outside the Cardiff box and the ball runs to Emmanuel Eboue six yards out, but he cannot stay on his feet and falls flat on his face in front of Peter Enckelman.

1411: Emmanuel Eboue goes down under a challenge from Roger Johnson in the Cardiff box and there is a coming together, but referee Martin Atkinson waves Eboue's appeals away and then books the Gunners player for simulation for good measure.

1410: Arsenal have improved and Bacary Sagna's cross is laid off by Robin van Persie to Alex Song, who hits a right-foot flier from 20 yards that Gavin Rae does well to block. Could have been going in, that, he wildly speculated.

1409: Nicklas Bendtner, under pressure, sends over a fabulous cross from the right and Samir Nasri tees up Robin van Persie six yards out, but the Dutchman's shot lacks power and on the bounce Peter Enckelman collects.

1407: "I have no idea why Wenger started with Bendtner when Adebayor is available, or why Diaby is on the bench. We should be going all out to win this game seeing as the FA Cup is our best chance of a trophy this season."
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1406: They both get to their feet, Parry a bit slower than Sagna, but they will continue. About 10 minutes to go until the break.

1405: Bacary Sagna and Paul Parry go for a 50-50 and they are both in a bit of trouble, both requiring a bit of treatment on the Ninian Park pitch.

1403: Lovely interchange from Arsenal and Kieran Gibbs starts and finishes the move, latching on to a set-up from Robin van Persie to lash a left-foot shot a couple of yards wide of Peter Enckelman's left-hand post. Talking of clones, Kieran Gibbs and Gael Clichy are very similar left-backs in style.

1401: The atmosphere is still fabulous, the Cardiff fans probably buoyed by their impressive start to this match.

1400: Gabor Gyepes looks like an uncompromising defender. He goes across to the Cardiff left-back position to deal with the raiding Emmanuel Eboue and he takes everything with him, conceding a corner which comes to nothing.

1359: "The game has gone a bit dead in the last 10 minutes or so. Cardiff do look strong down the flanks, though, and they are still causing Arsenal problems when they double up."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Martin Keown

1356: "As a Chelsea fan I've got to warn Cardiff: if you don't get any end product after all this pressure it can come back to bite you. Cardiff have been well on top so far but if they don't convert it into goals I can see Arsenal popping up and getting one against the run of play."
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1355: Four minutes without a chance - what gives? The ball falls to Alex Song 25 yards out and the midfielder slices his shot horribly, horribly wide.

1351: Now Arsenal should score - neither defence has bothered turning up and it's making for a sensational game. Robin van Persie finds Samir Nasri in acres of space on the left of the penalty area, but he cuts inside and his shot is well parried by Peter Enckelman.

1350: Cardiff are rampant. They are having joy down the wings and through the middle - Arsenal must sort their defence out and quickly.

1349: Wonderful stuff down the left from ludicrous international retiree Paul Parry, but his cross is volleyed over by Joe Ledley. Moments later Cardiff should score again as Parry puts Bacary Sagna on his backside, but he blazes over from 12 yards.

1347: Aaron Ramsey has shaken off his shaky start and is now stroking the ball around beautifully - it's a bit like watching a Cesc Fabregas clone. Meanwhile the referee has to ask for another ball after some Cardiff fans refuse to give it back to Bacary Sagna. Petty.

1346: "This is like a Cup match from the 1980s - a really good match on a really old ground. Magic FA Cup."
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1344: Arsenal are rattled here, they keep giving the ball away and chances are coming for Cardiff. Another ball over the top splits the Gunners defence and it sits up nicely for Ross McCormack to volley just wide of the far post from the edge of the box.

1341: Aaron Ramsey loses possession in the midfield and former Arsenal striker Jay Bothroyd rifles in a fierce left-foot drive from 30 yards that flies a few feet over. Good hit.

1340: Arsenal give the ball away in midfield again and Joe Ledley crosses from the left, Ross McCormack not quite getting his header right as it flashes wide from close range.

1337: Strange offside trap that by Arsenal, their defence waiting for Jay Bothroyd to be flagged when the ball was intended for Chris Burke. The former Rangers winger cuts inside from the right, but his shot is deflected twice into the path of Lukasz Fabianski.

1336: "I just can't understand why Wenger starts Eboue instead of Vela. MADNESS!"
Woody, Arsenal fan, via text on 81111

1334: Great work down the left by Jay Bothroyd, one of those footballers with fabulous ability but who doesn't always showcase his talent. He beats two defenders and wins a corner, but it comes to nothing.

1333: "Aaron Ramsey is getting a few boos but he looks a very calm young man and I don't think he'll be too bothered by it."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Martin Keown

1331: The early Arsenal touches are being very heavily booed by the Cardiff faithful. Expect it to be very uncomfortable for the Gunners.

1330: The repeat of the 1927 FA Cup final is under way in south Wales.

1329: The teams are out at Ninian Park, the atmosphere is electric. Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale said this to a Sunday newspaper: "The only place I found more intimidating than Ninian Park was Galatasaray." Are you ready, Arsenal?

1326: "Stevo, do you ever get bored of working weekends?"
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Mate, I come alive at weekends. Where else am I gonna be?

1324: "We are not scared. But against a Championship club away, you have to be well prepared. We are near the top of the Premier League so we must show we can compete and show the quality that has got us to where we are."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

1323: Back to today's game. Dave Jones' Cardiff side, who reached the final last year don't forget, are in superb form. They are unbeaten in 10 games and have won their last four in a row in front of their home fans - not conceding a goal in the process. Arsenal are unbeaten in seven games and have won their last four. Confidence all-round should be sky high.

1320: "LOL, you must be (Ars)havin' a laugh if you think Andrei will help the Gunners this season! You've got another trophyless year ahead!!"
Deels, via text on 81111

At 'LOL', I lost faith in your argument.

1317: I'm sure I'll have to say this again, but if you're interested in the draw for the fifth round, it's due to take place at about 1815 GMT. I'll bring it to you right here, so if you can hang around after the Merseyside derby, that'd be proper grand.

1314: Cardiff are without injured winger Peter Whittingham, so Chris Burke comes in for him in the one change to the side that draw with Birmingham. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger makes five changes from the team that defeated Hull, with Aaron Ramsey starting against the club that sold him for 5m last June. Lukasz Fabianski starts in goal, while Kieran Gibbs, Alex Song and Nicklas Bendtner also play.

1312: "(See 1304) Wenger has praised our away support this season, it's at home where we're quiet. I still think Ramsey will suffer from the anxiety of the occasion, but we should ultimately come through this one."
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1309: Rumours abound that Everton's midfield diamond Mikel Arteta could miss out on the Anfield encounter later, he may have picked up a rib injury in training this week. It is only speculation though, to clarify. Will try to keep you posted.

1307: Let's not forget, as well, that there is a fairly big game coming up later. Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton go tete-a-tete for the second time in six days, with bragging rights still up for grabs after their 1-1 draw in the league on Monday. Blimey, there are a lot of bragging rights available today aren't there?
Liverpool v Everton preview

1304: "I'm still not convinced about Arshavin, but if Arsenal get him I hope he proves me wrong. Richards would be a superb buy. People forget he's still got a long career ahead of him! And if Cardiff is as loud as you say it is, we could suffer. Sadly, Arsenal fans aren't known for our vocal support."
Newell, London, via text on 81111

1300: Stevo's Predos:
Cardiff 1-2 Arsenal
Liverpool 2-1 Everton
Lawro's predictions

Cardiff: Enckelman, McNaughton, Gyepes, Roger Johnson, Kennedy, Rae, Parry, Ledley, Burke, Bothroyd, McCormack.
Subs: Heaton, Capaldi, Purse, Eddie Johnson, McPhail, Comminges, Blake.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Gibbs, Nasri, Ramsey, Song Billong, Eboue, Van Persie, Bendtner.
Subs: Almunia, Diaby, Gallas, Vela, Denilson, Wilshere, Adebayor.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1255: Arsenal have been heavily linked with a 7m move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards in today's newspapers. Thoughts, Arsenal fans? He's not in great form, but a couple of years under Arsene Wenger's supervision could do England a real turn. Oh, and according to one paper, the Gunners have until midnight tonight to wrap up a deal for Zenit's wily Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin. Please bring him to England, Arsene. Pretty please.
Sunday's gossip column

1252: I'm hearing that Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal's former Cardiff City teenage midfielder, will play from the start today. Full teams should be on the way shortly.

1250: "If Arsenal win the FA Cup this year, Wenger might be just about forgiven for this season's flop."
Amz, B'ham, via text on 81111

1248: If tennis floats your particular boat, the great Sam Lyon is currently casting his eyes over the Australian Open, with reigning men's champion Novak Djokovic in action against Marcos Baghdatis, after epic wins for Roger Federer and Jelena Dokic. Feel free to have a cheeky peek, if you wish.
Live text - Australian Open

1245: "Is it just me, or even though Arsenal have won their last four or five games, are they are the most shaky of the "big four"? YOU CAN DO IT CARDIFF!! I'd like striker-less Everton to scrape a win against Liverpool in the last minutes too."
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1242: These two have some previous, as well. They tell you that very early on when you arrive in Cardiff. In 1927, they met in the FA Cup final in front of 91,206 fans at Wembley Stadium. The winner proved to be one of the most famous FA Cup goals of all time.

With 16 minutes remaining, Cardiff's Scottish striker Hughie Ferguson shot straight at Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis, who just happened to be Welsh. Somehow, the ball squirmed between his arm and his body and in a desperate attempt to retrieve it, Lewis knocked the ball over the line. It remains to this day the only time the FA Cup has been won by a non-English club.
Footage of 1927 FA Cup town tour

1238: "I wouldn't say we're confident, because Arsenal are a wonderful football club. I was at Leeds when we were top of the Premier League and came to Cardiff and lost, so we know what's possible. It'll be difficult, but it's possible."
Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale

1235: I'm happy to reveal that I spent three years of my life residing in the Welsh capital city and so have a little bit of a soft spot for the Bluebirds. Rarely do fans anywhere get more passionate than the Cardiff ones and they will certainly make life difficult for their more illustrious opponents.

1230: So far, on FA Cup fourth round weekend, it's England 0-1 Wales, thanks to Swansea's magnificent victory at Cup holders Portsmouth yesterday. At a heaving Ninian Park today, Cardiff can earn the Welsh 100% bragging rights over their English brethren by knocking out the mighty Arsenal.

There are only two games today, but what a two games. Text your thoughts throughout the day to 81111 and the debate is getting under way on 606.
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see also
Liverpool 1-1 Everton
25 Jan 09 |  FA Cup
Cardiff 0-0 Arsenal
25 Jan 09 |  FA Cup

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