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Arsenal rallies from 2-0 down to advance in FA Cup

Updated: January 29, 2012, 12:57


Arsenal's captain Robin Van Persie celebrates his second goal against Aston Villa during their English FA Cup 4th round soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

LONDON(AP) Arsenal scored three times in eight second-half minutes Sunday to recover a 2-0 deficit and reach the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

Villa led 2-0 at halftime through goals by Richard Dunne and Darren Bent, prompting near silence from the home fans for long periods.

But a revitalized Arsenal side got back in the game through Robin van Persie's 54th-minute penalty, equalized through Theo Walcott's lucky rebound and took the lead in the 61st through a second spot kick from Van Persie.

Having avoided a fourth straight defeat, the Gunners will face the winner of a replay between Sunderland and Middlesbrough next month.

Arsenal won the last of its 10 FA Cups in 2005. It has not won a trophy since.

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