Gunners sink Spurs in CupAgence France-Presse . London
Premier League leaders Arsenal overcame fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, while Aston Villa were dumped out by third-tier Sheffield United.
Tottenham had won at Manchester United in their previous outing and new manager Tim Sherwood made only one change to his starting XI, but his side fell behind in the 31st minute at the Emirates Stadium.
German teenager Serge Gnabry was the architect, picking the ball up wide on the Arsenal right and driving infield before finding Santi Cazorla, who speared a left-foot shot past Hugo Lloris.
Spurs were unable to react and Tomas Rosicky sealed victory in the 62nd minute, robbing Danny Rose on halfway and bearing down on goal before adroitly lifting the ball over the advancing Lloris.
The game ended on a sour note for Arsenal when forward Theo Walcott had to be stretchered off after falling awkwardly, but he showed that he remained in high spirits by goading the visiting fans as he was carried away.
Last season’s beaten finalists Manchester City tasted fresh disappointment in the competition when they drew 1-1 at second-tier Blackburn Rovers.
Villa became the first major casualty of the third round after losing 2-1 at home to League One representatives Sheffield United.
Nicklas Helenius appeared to have kept Villa in the competition when he cancelled out Jamie Murphy’s deflected opener in the 75th minute, only for Ryan Flynn to give the Blades victory six minutes later.
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasted success in his first game as manager of Cardiff City after his new side came from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle United.
Solskjaer, who succeeded the sacked Malky Mackay on Thursday, saw his new charges fall behind to a 66th-minute Papiss Cisse strike, but two goals in seven minutes from substitutes Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell gave Cardiff victory.
In the day’s two other all-Premier League ties, goals from Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion and Fulham drew 1-1 at Norwich City.
Everton crushed Championship high-fliers Queens Park Rangers 4-0, with Nikica Jelavic claiming a brace, while Southampton edged Burnley 4-3 in an entertaining game at St Mary’s.
Hull City won 2-0 at Middlesbrough and Stoke City defeated Championship leaders Leicester City 2-1.
Wigan’s trophy defence began in uncertain fashion as they were held to a 3-3 draw by third-tier Milton Keynes Dons, while Millwall, semi-finalists last year, crashed out after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at fourth-division Southend United.
Bolton Wanderers belatedly exacted revenge for their 4-3 loss to Blackpool in the 1953 final by beating their Championship rivals 2-1, while Leeds United fell to a shock 2-0 defeat at Rochdale.
Arsenal 2 (Cazorla 31, Rosicky 62) Tottenham 0; Aston Villa 1 (Helenius 75) Sheffield United 2 (Murphy 20, Flynn 81); Blackburn 1 (Dann 55) Manchester City 1 (Negredo 45); Bolton 2 (Ngog 10, Beckford 51) Blackpool 1 (Barkhuizen 45); Everton 4 (Barkley 35, Jelavic 44, 68, Coleman 76) QPR 0; Newcastle 1 (Cisse 62) Cardiff 2 (Noone 73, Campbell 80); Southampton 4 (Clyne 22, Lambert 28, Rodriguez 66, Lallana 73) Burnley 3 (Vokes 51, Ings 57, Long 87).
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