Arsenal rallies from 2-0 down to advance in FA Cup
Updated: January 29, 2012, 12:57
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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.