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SEMI-FINAL DRAW:
Arsenal/Hull v Chelsea
Man Utd v Everton

FA Cup quarter-final result
Everton 2-1 Middlesbrough

FA Cup fifth round result
Arsenal 3-0 Burnley

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Caroline Cheese

1852: And there we must end it. No, no, not forever. We'll be back on Tuesday for the Champions League. You've all been stars this weekend. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Bye now.

1849: Those semi-finals will be played at Wembley on 18 and 19 April. Before that, of course, Arsenal battle it out with Hull on 17 or 18 March for the right to meet Chelsea.

1847: Boom. Manchester United face Everton in a repeat of the 1995 final, which the Toffees famously won.

1845: Eyes to the top of the page for the draw please...

1843: Here are the all-important ball numbers:
1 Chelsea
2 Manchester United
3 Arsenal or Hull City
4 Everton

1838: "Who do you want in the draw?" David Moyes is asked. "I'll take my luck," is the response.

1831: "Where is the passion Caroline Cheese! All your describtions of gameplay are so dull and tell us nothing compared to what actually happens."
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Marouane Fellaini and Marge Simpson
Not as good as the first one? (see 1740) Thought not
1828: Why are they waiting for so long for this draw? Do they not realise I have nothing better to do than cut pictures mocking Marouane Fellaini's hair?

1823: "The Cup is always a bonus. We had nothing to lose coming here. We had a great chance to go through and we didn't take it, so we have to get on with it."
Boro boss Gareth Southgate

1821: With only 24 minutes to go until the draw, Danny the Stat says: "I believe it was A-Ha who had a pop hit in the 80s with 'Take On Me'. Well, if their 2000s football name-soundalike Saha said 'Take On Me' about Player Rater, there aren't many who would do so successfully. Which is my rather tortuous way of pointing out that the French striker is quite literally top of the pops with a seven-busting 7.65, well clear of second-placed Tim Cahill (7.06). This could, of course, change in a jiffy. Get involved..."
Everton v Boro Player Rater

1820: "First half, we were spot on. We defended well as a team, looked bright on the break and took the goal well. We knew what would come and for a six-minute spell we didn't deal with it. We've got to learn how to see matches off."
Boro boss Gareth Southgate

1817: "It looked like a bit of a 'beach' goal - and he meant it, he sliced the ball."
Arsene Wenger on Eduardo's stunner against Burnley

1815: "Saha man of the match: no no no. Today was all about passion and commitment and no-one summed that up more than Phil Neville."
Dom, a jubilant Everton fan, via text on 81111

1812: "It's a great feeling. It's amazing to have team-mates who have such commitment and help you through the difficult times. I could have had a few goals today but my feet are still a bit sticky. It's great to get back to Wembley. Playing there is always special."
Everton striker Louis Saha

1807: "Everyone knows Louis Saha's quality. We're so happy now he's back firing. He's going to be vital if we're going to be successful this season. From the minute we drew Liverpool and beat them, all our fans were saying it's going to our year. We'll enjoy the semi-final but we want to bring silverware to this club. It's been too long. It's going to a tough draw. We've done it the hard way so it's probably going to be Man United."
Everton skipper Phil Neville

1758: Boro won a last-minute corner - but they didn't have time to take it. A much-improved second-half performance from Everton means they go into the semi-finals for the first time since they won the Cup in 1995. Stay tuned for the draw at 1845 GMT.

1756: FULL-TIME Everton 2-1 Middlesbrough

1755: Desperate, desperate whistling from the home fans...

1751: Hearts in mouths time for the Everton fans as Tim Howard spills a routine free-kick - but Joleon Lescott gets to the rebound first to save his keeper's blushes. Four minutes of added time remaining and Dan Gosling is on for Steven Pienaar. Frantic finish here.

1751: Brad Jones saves at the feet of Louis Saha but the ball breaks to Marouane Fellaini. The keeper doesn't seem to get much of the ball as he then dives at the Belgian's feet - but Fellaini doesn't make anything of it.

1750: Louis Saha looks certain to finish this off. As Everton break quickly, Leon Osman plays in Phil Jagielka, who squares for the Frenchman on the edge of the box. He has time to measure the shot, but blazes well over.

1749: Stewart Downing breaks clear on the right and cuts the ball back for Marvin Emnes, but his shot is blocked by Phil Jagielka.

1747: Just as I type that, Leon Osman gallops down the right and plays the ball dangerously across the box but no one has made the run to the far post.

1747: Just the five minutes left now. Middlesbrough continue to press Everton back into their own half.

1744: Joseph Yobo throws himself at a clearance - and completely misses, letting in Tuncay. The ball just won't bounce kindly though and when he does have the shot, Joleon Lescott is there with the block.

Marouane Fellaini and a guard wearing a bearskin
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1740: Marouane Fellaini shrugs off the challenge from Rob Huth, plays a one-two and sets up Louis Saha - whose shot is deflected narrowly wide.

1739: Boro piling forward with little effect, leaving gaps at the back for Everton to exploit. Less than 15 minutes remaining.

1736: Stewart Downing tries to control a long Emmanel Pogatetz free-kick instead of shooting first-time and the ball dribbles into Tim Howard's waiting arms.

1734: He's made his mind up. Adam Johnson does come on, replacing Matthew Bates. Johnson will play on the left, Downing on the right.

1733: Gareth Southgate still can't decide whether to bring Adam Johnson on so the winger puts his tracksuit top back on.

1729: Matthew Bates is injured in a 50-50 challenge with Phil Neville. Gareth Southgate changes his mind about making a double change, instead replacing just Jeremie Aliadiere with Dutchman Marvin Emnes - a 3.2m signing last summer.

1725: Robert Huth loses the ball to Tim Cahill, who tumbles under a challenge just outside the box. A rather fortunate free-kick if you ask me. Brad Jones stands and watches as Leighton Baines lifts his effort over the wall and onto the bar.

1720: "Boro have lost a little bit of their shape and their discipline. For the goal, Steven Pienaar was allowed the time to turn and cross, and Saha had a free header."
Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Live

1718: GOAL Everton 2-1 Middlesbrough
The right-wing cross is slightly overhit but no matter, Steven Pienaar has time to collect the ball, turn and cross for substitute Louis Saha to head home from close range.

1716: Boro fail to clear a free-kick from the left and Louis Saha throws his entire body behind a ferocious volley - which catches Matthew Bates right on the head. Nasty. The Boro defender gets back to his feet eventually.

1716: "This is certainly Everton's best spell. For the first time Boro have been pegged back in their own half."
Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Live

1712: GOAL Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough
Tim Cahill crosses in for the right and Marouane Fellaini gets above Robert Huth to head over a stranded Brad Jones.

1710: Jeremie Aliadiere is at the near post to meet Tuncay's left-wing cross but shoots straight at Joleon Lescott. Good chance.

1709: The cameras show Tim Cahill's son - wearing an Everton shirt with 'Daddy' on the back - climbing over a row of seating and slowly but surely falling over the top. He emerges a few seconds later, rubbing his head. His older brother, showing all the concern of an older brother, laughs. Lovely stuff.

1707: Everton, now with a striker in their line-up, get the second half under way.

1706: Louis Saha is coming on for Everton. Jack Rodwell makes way.

1703: "What are the odds on Boro making a cup final and getting relegated in the same year? Again!"
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1655: Our good friend redandblackT1899 on 606 assures me that David Beckham was in fine form for AC Milan, who beat Atalanta 3-0 today. Becks, celebrating extending his stay at the Italian giants, began the game in a new role behind the strikers. Pippo Inzaghi scored a hat-trick.
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1655: "Watching Everton without Arteta shows how important he is. We have been pretty poor since he got injured."
Danny, Southampton, via text on 81111

1652: Oh look. Danny the Stat is here..."Thank you Cheesy. Now then, you lot might want to have a word with yourselves. Famous Everton man Tim Cahill's currently racing away on Player Rater with a top-drawer score of 7.63. Meanwhile unfashionable Boro goal machine David Wheater has 4.33. I reckon that you're voting according to celebrity rather than what's actually happening out there. Surely not? That's naughty. Anyway, get involved please."
Everton v Boro Player Rater

1649: HALF-TIME Everton 0-1 Middlesbrough

1647: Gareth Southgate celebrates that goal with a determined punch of his fist. Nothing more.

1646: GOAL Everton 0-1 Middlesbrough
Joseph Yobo's clearing header goes only to Matthew Bates, who crosses back in for David Wheater. Tim Howard gets one hand to the close-range header and then, as he is falling backwards, scoops the ball out with his other hand - but it has long since crossed the line.

1644: From the corner, Robert Huth is again getting up close and personal with Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian eventually shrugs off the Boro defender - and the referee promptly blows his whistle for a foul against Fellaini.

1644: Leighton Baines makes good progress on the left, getting to the byeline and crossing in. His effort is cleared but Phil Jagielka plays it back to the far post for Marouane Fellaini and Brad Jones has to turn the header around the post.

1641: "Stewart Downing has been tightly marked by Phil Jagielka. I think David Moyes has done his homework on him. Everton are not giving him any space."
Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Live

1639: Matthew Bates' cross from the right goes a long way before an Everton defender finally sticks out a leg to clear. Boro win the ball back but after making some space on the left, Stewart Downing has to cross with his right foot - and it's straight to Steven Pienaar.

1635: I'll be honest. I've seen better games. We need Steve McClaren to sprinkle some of his total football magic on it.

1633: "The crowd are too expectant, jumping on backs too easily. Need to 'calm down'."
Carl at Goodison Park, via text on 81111

1630: Boro defender Matthew Bates gets his head to a corner - an Everton corner - and is rather fortunate to see it glance just wide. As the ball comes over, Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth are getting friendly again, arms all over each other.

1628: "Re 1614: I must say, I've been very impressed with Twente under McClaren this year. From what I'd heard from you English I thought he'd be absolute rubbish, but he looks to be a great manager (though maybe he should stick to clubs). They were desperately unlucky to go out to Marseille on penalties in the Uefa Cup, too."
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1625: Some pantomime booing from the home fans as Boro defender Robert Huth wraps his arms around Marouane Fellaini's shoulders in order to win the header. Quite surprised to see Huth in the team today after he was hauled off at half-time in the 4-0 drubbing at Spurs.

1620: Another free-kick for Everton, this time over on the right, about 40 yards out. Leon Osman plays it towards Joseph Yobo at the far post but Boro head clear.

1617: That's better from the hosts. They win a free-kick after Gary O'Neill catches Leighton Baines on the left. Marouane Fellaini heads it back across goal - but Matthew Bates gets there first ahead of Tim Cahill.

1616: "The crowd have been a bit quiet, a bit edgy. It's reflecting on the players."
Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Live

1615: Marouane Fellaini is hustled into giving the ball away in his own half and he is lucky to see Boro's move break down. Boro on top here.

1614: "Re 1546: Schteve McClaren was a legend for us. He had us punching above our weight consistently."
Anth at work in Middlesbrough, via text on 81111

1612: Lovely move from Boro, Justin Hoyte playing in Matthew Bates but from his pull-back, Jeremie Aliadiere shoots over wastefully from 10 yards. First decent chance.

1611: And at the other ends, Julio Arca's ball to the far post is flicked on for Gary O'Neill - also a touch offside.

1610: Marouane Fellaini wins a header on the edge of the box, flicking it on for Tim Cahill - who is inches offside.

1608: "Everton haven't got the midfield into the game yet. Not seen anything of Pienaar, Osman or Rodwell yet."
Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Live

1604: Two defenders on Stewart Downing as he looks to work some space on the left. It doesn't matter though. He gets the ball in eventually and Tim Howard comes careering out of goal to try to stop Julio Arca picking up the cross on the right-hand side of the box. Howard has to sprint desperately back as the ball comes back in from Arca but his defence rescues him.

1601: Off we go then. Bright sunshine at Goodison Park, in contrast to the stormy conditions at the Emirates earlier.

1559: "Re 1550. Alves is ill. And better out the team anyway!"
Anon via text on 81111

1557: Righto, here come the players down the very cramped tunnel at Goodison Park. Middlesbrough have been knocked out of the FA Cup by the losing finalists in each of the last four seasons.

1550: "No Afonso Alves - not even on the bench. Our top scorer in the competition and Southgate doesn't even give him a look in? No wonder we're 19th in the league..."
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1546: Gareth Southgate is the only Boro captain to have lifted a trophy for the club. The Teessiders won the 2004 League Cup under Steve McClaren, who is now turning out to be some sort of total football managerial genius at FC Twente. Southgate captained Aston Villa when they lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the 2000 FA Cup final.
Can the FA Cup save Boro?

1543: This is already the furthest Everton have ever been in the FA Cup under David Moyes in his six years in charge and they are in the last eight for the first time since they were beaten 3-0 by Boro in 2002. Moyes replaced Walter Smith as Toffees manager five days later.

1540:TEAM NEWS Everton v Middlesbrough
Everton make one change from their midweek Premier League draw with Blackburn with Marouane Fellaini, who is fit again after a back injury, replacing the Cup-tied Jo. Tim Cahill, Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman all shake off knocks to start but Louis Saha is only ready for the bench. Boro, who are in the quarter-finals for the fourth season running, are unchanged from the side that were thumped 4-0 by Tottenham on Wednesday. But it's also the same side that beat Liverpool at home in the previous game.

Theo Walcott
1536: "Overall we did the job in a conscientious and good way. When you score goals, it helps to lift the confidence. It's important to give Theo and Eduardo time on the pitch, to know we have resources on the bench."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

1535: TEAMS Everton v Middlesbrough
Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Pienaar, Rodwell, Osman, Baines, Fellaini, Cahill. Subs: Nash, Van der Meyde, Castillo, Saha, Jacobsen, Gosling, Wallace.
Middlesbrough: Jones, Hoyte, Huth, Wheater, Pogatetz, O'Neil, Arca, Bates, Downing, Sanli, Aliadiere. Subs: Turnbull, Taylor, Emnes, Adam Johnson, McMahon, Franks, Walker

1530: Danny the Stat speaks: "Some class acts out there for Arsenal today, and that has been mirrored by some classy Player Rater scores - such as Carlos Vela's 8.11, Eduardo's 7.91 and Andrey Arshavin's 7.70. Theo Walcott's off-the-bench cameo has grabbed 7.03, although stats are not yet available as to how much of that score can be attributed to his moustache."
Arsenal v Burnley Player Rater

1525: Burnley deserve all sorts of credit for reaching the Carling Cup semi-finals as well as the last 16 of the FA Cup, but they were outclassed today. Arsenal go on to face Hull at the Emirates on 17 or 18 March.

1523: FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-0 Burnley

1520: Burnley want a penalty as Chris McCann goes over under a challnge from Johan Djourou as he chases a through-ball into the box... Chris Foy not interested in that one. Replays show McCann went over a little easily, but there looked to be contact.

1516: Burnley skipper Steven Caldwell thumps a header onto the top of the bar from a corner.

1514: GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
Alex Song plays a wonderful backheel to find Emmanuel Eboue sprinting on from midfield. The much-maligned midfielder smashes the ball low into the corner.

1514: Theo Walcott bursts clear and squares for Robin van Persie to finish. Walcott flagged offside. He wasn't.

1511: Alex Song with a vital block challenge on the edge of his own box. He's really been excellent today. Arsenal go up the other end and Theo Walcott crosses for Robin van Persie at the far post but the Dutchman gets his feet in a tangle and the ball dribbles wide.

1507: Theo Walcott through in a flash, but can't beat keeper Brian Jensen.

1505: A change for Burnley - but no change in the number of McDonalds in their side as Alex replaces Kevin. Although actually Alex spells his name MacDonald.

1501: The gods of pun are not on my side. At one minute past three o'clock, it's Theo'clock. Walcott, after four months out with dislocated shoulder, and Aaron Ramsay come on, Abou Diaby and Eduardo making way.

1458: Approaching Theo'clock.

1457: Half-chance for Burnley as Robbie Blake cuts onto his right foot and crosses but the ball is just behind the striker.

1455: I tell you what. Eduardo might be able to volley with the outside of his left foot, but he can't head, can he? The Croat is completely unmarked at the back stick from Bacary Sagna's right-wing cross but heads beyond the far post.

1453: "Bergkamp would have been proud of that finish from Eduardo. The momentum is definitely with Arsenal now for the rest of the season. Can't wait to see Walcott back on the pitch as well. Enjoy it while it lasts Villa..."
Anon via text on 81111

1452: "Re 1432 and 1436: If Danny the Stat's job is to make tea and talk about the Player Rater, can I have his job please?"
George, Camden, via text on 81111
Sure you can. You know it's a voluntary position right?

1450: A massive ovation for Carlos 'Chip' Vela as he comes off to replaced by Robin van Persie. Not a bad substitution...

1449: A change for Burnley. Steven Thompson replaces Joey Gudjonsson.

1449: What's this? Pint-sized Andrey Arshavin winning a header? That won't help Own Coyle's mood. The Russian's looping effort is easy for Brian Jensen though.

1446: Alex Song is having a magnificent game in midfield for Arsenal. By the way.

1442: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Burnley
Now that's how you finish, Mr Vela. Alex Song plays a lovely ball for Eduardo, who pulls away from the defender and volleys with the outside of his left foot into the top corner. An absolutely awesome goal.

1439: Emmanuel Eboue thumps both fists on the turf after his run beyond the halfway line is brought to an abrupt halt by Kevin McDonald's tackle from behind. Yellow card for McDonald.

1436:Danny the Stat arrives with a cup of tea just in time for the second half. Great timing DTS.

1435: The rain continues to hammer down as the players re-emerge for the second-half.

1432: Over to Danny the Stat, who has briefly emerged from behind the sofa, where he was hiding from the thunder. "Thank you Cheesy. Hoo! What a strike from Carlos "the new Messi" Vela. It truly was liquid football of beauty. Anyway, it's not enough to get him leading the Player Rater, 'cos Andrey Arshavin is currently outscoring him by 7.61 to 7.42. Elsewhere, round number fans everywhere will delight in Burnley's Chris Eagles' score of 7.00. But it can all change, via the gift of you getting involved..."
Arsenal v Burnley Player Rater

1427: BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener is back from an embarrassingly long holiday to take the reins on the cricket live text. And England have already taken a wicket!
Live text - West Indies v England

1423: As a terrifying crack of thunder sends a shudder down my spine, the debate rages on 606: Is Carlos Vela better than Danny Welbeck? I'm so confused. I thought Vela was better than Cantona and Messi? Now he's having to bear comparison to Danny Welbeck?
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1421: "Oh Vela, Vela, our Mexican superstar, he's better than Cantona, Oh Vela, Vela."
Jack, Gooner, London, via text on 81111

1419: HALF-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Burnley

1419: "Re 1346: I sport a spiffing handlebar, not for ironic reasons either, and am dismayed to see this anti-moustache propaganda on the BBC. It might be the making of him, that 'tache, but we'll never know because the mockery of the mob will force its removal. Shame on you!"
Anon via text on 81111

1416: Gunners keeper Lukasz Fabianski completely misses his punch from a corner, and the ball is bouncing around the box dangerously before Arsenal eventually clear. Straight up the other end and Emmanuel Eboue forces an excellent save from Brian Jensen. Absolutely tipping down now.

1414: "Vela could be the new Messi. He's got pace, skill and an amazing left boot. What a player!"
Anon via text on 81111

1413: Now Eduardo turns his defender brilliantly and races into the box, but Steven Caldwell is there with the saving challenge.

1409: Carlos Vela effortlessly chests down a lofted ball over the top but Clarke Carlisle comes in to clear just as the Mexican is about to pull the trigger.

1407: "I don't think I've seen Diaby use his left foot once this game... It's quite some talent!"
Nick, stuck on coursework, London, via text on 81111

1404: "You could use Vela's left foot as a golf club. Brilliant as a sand wedge."
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1401: The rain has started to fall in north London. Sleety rain, they're rather dramatically calling it on the radio.

1357: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Burnley
Chris Eagles' control lets him down just beyond the halfway line and Andrey Arshavin plays in Carlos Vela. The Mexican whizzkid drops his shoulder to beat Clarke Carlisle and despite having his shirt pulled by the chasing Joey Gudjonssen, he races into the penalty area and chips the ball over keeper Brian Jensen. Fabulous finish.

1354: "Owen Coyle is in his technical area now, making a point to his defence. I think he wants Burnley to work the ball from wide areas more. We should expect full-backs Graham Alexander and Christian Kalvenes to be involved in attack."
David Pleat on BBC 5 Live

1349: Better from Burnley, after Johan Djourou gives the ball away. Chris Eagles fizzes a cross in from the right but Lukasz Fabianski catches under pressure from Martin Paterson.

1346: There's Theo Walcott, sporting a moustache. The sooner he's back playing, the sooner he can stop such ill-advised facial hair experiments.

1345: A familiar groan of despair from the home fans as Emmanuel Eboue gives the ball away in midfield. Arsenal soon win it back though, and are comfortably controlling the game at the moment.

1342: Kieran Gibbs picks up the scraps from a corner and volleys left-footed just wide of the post. Arsenal on the front foot now.

1341: Bacary Sagna has Brian Jensen backpedalling in the Burnley goal, but his right-wing cross-shot lands on top of the goal.

1340: Emmanuel Eboue picks up Andrey Arshavin's super pass on the left-hand side of the box but as the Arsenal midfielder is weighing up his options, Steven Caldwell slides in with a beautifully-timed sliding tackle.

1336: Alex Song makes a vital challenge on Kevin McDonald as the Burnley man tries to burst into the area. McDonald scored both goals as the Clarets knocked Arsenal out of the Carling Cup earlier this season.

1333: Decent early pressure from Burnley, Abou Diaby forced to play his clearance straight to Kevin McDonald, but Arsenal eventually clear their lines.

1332: Away we go, Burnley in their changed kit of claret shorts and light blue shirts 'n' socks.

1329: The teams are out at the Emirates Stadium. Burnley are the last surviving non-Prem team in this season's FA Cup.

1327: Burnley boss Owen Coyle, speaking to the Times:"It would be folly to play for a draw because you'll get picked off 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 and will have contributed nothing to the game. You'll come off feeling really sore having packed everyone behind the ball and gone out of the Cup thinking, 'What did we offer? Absolutely zero.' I'd rather have a go."

1324: "I'm currently sitting in the office on a Sunday, working at a job I am useless at, and simultaneously doing the science GCSE coursework I need to pass if I want to become a teacher. I am 27. Come on Burnley, give me a Cup upset to keep me going."
Payneo, Birmingham, via text on 81111
Crikey. I feel depressed just reading that.

1318: Speaking ahead of the match, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said he is hoping to give Theo Walcott "some play-time". Bless. He is only 19.

1316: "Why would Boro refuse Burnley use of a player that could help create a Cupset? It's possible Boro could play us or Burnley in the semis, so surely help them out?"
Dan P, Arsenal fan in Bath, via text on 81111
Mmmm. Good point that. Apparently, Boro don't want him Cup-tied.

1314: "Arsenal legend and broadcaster Bob Wilson's middle name is Primrose. Surely that wins."
Anon via text on 81111

1312: "Re 1239: Recently I had to read a book written by an anthropologist called Lionel Tiger. I have no idea what his middle name is but I'm pretty sure it's even more impressive."
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1310: "I used to go to school with a guy called Alexander Jonathon Whitburn Dashwood-Simpson, now that's unlucky."
Rich, Birmingham, via text on 81111
That reminds me of an 80s hit

1302: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Burnley
Arsenal make six changes to the team that beat West Brom in midweek. Lukasz Fabianski is on goal, joining William Gallas, Kieran Gibbs, Eduardo, Abou Diaby and Carlos Vela in the line-up. Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Gael Clichy are on the bench, as is Theo Walcott after a four-month lay-off. On-loan Rhys Williams has been refused permission by Middlesbrough to play for Burnley so Joey Gudjonsson comes in.

1258: TEAMS Arsenal v Burnley
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Djourou, Gallas, Gibbs, Eduardo, Song Billong, Diaby, Vela, Eboue, Arshavin. Subs: Almunia, Van Persie, Walcott, Ramsey, Clichy, Bendtner, Bischoff.
Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Caldwell, Carlisle, Kalvenes, McDonald, McCann, Gudjonsson, Eagles, Paterson, Blake. Subs: Penny, Elliott, Mahon, Rodriguez, Jordan, MacDonald, Thompson.

1256: "Re 1239: One of the lads at work just told everybody that his middle name is Bronx. That's classic. His name is Ian Bronx Campbell."
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1253: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seems to have more than half an eye (three-quarters of an eye perhaps) on Wednesday's Champions League second leg tie against Roma with his team selection. Roma had Daniele De Rossi sent off in a 1-1 draw with Udinese yesterday, Mirko Vucinic coming off the bench to score the equaliser. Francesco Totti was rested.

1250: "Re 1239: Cheesy, surely you're omitting Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey. His middle name is the pinnacle of middle names! Up the Bees!"
Tim, Herts, via text on 81111

1247: "Re 1239: Blimey that's even worse than my middle name - Barrington. This has already been a great day for that reason alone! Now come on you Gunners."
Will, Enfield, via text on 81111

1243: Breaking team news from the Emirates Stadium... Eduardo captains the side and partners Carlos Vela up front. Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie, Gael Clichy and Nicklas Bendtner are on the bench. Samir Nasri and Denilson are not in the squad.

1239: I may be still be waiting for that elusive Cupset, but I have been very much cheered up by my research* this morning which revealed that Burnley boss Owen Coyle's middle name is Columba. This is the greatest middle name ever. Isn't it?

* Thanks Wikipedia!

1230: Hello. Refreshed and ready for another ride on the 2008/9 FA Cup rollercoaster* I trust?

* Less rollercoaster, more of a tea-cup ride.

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Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
08 Mar 09 |  FA Cup
Everton 2-1 Middlesbrough
08 Mar 09 |  FA Cup


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