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FA Cup: Arsenal End Boro’s Dreams; Wins Also For Bradford, Leicester

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FA Cup holders Arsenal produced an assured display to reach the quarter-finals and end Middlesbrough’s impressive run in the competition.

Santi Cazorla split the away side’s defence with a through ball for Kieran Gibbs, who squared for Olivier Giroud to steer home the opener.

Giroud added a second with a delightful volley at Boro’s near post after slack defending from a corner.

Spanish striker Kike headed against the post late on but Boro created little.

Arsenal, who ended a nine-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup last season, move into the draw for the last eight as one of five Premier League teams, with League One Preston hosting Manchester United on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, Bradford’s incredible cup run continued as Sunderland became their latest Premier League scalp.

Jon Stead scored for the fifth successive round to help put Bradford into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Phil Parkinson’s side showed their victory over Chelsea was no fluke as they deservedly added Sunderland to their list of Premier League scalps.

The League One promotion-chasers went ahead through John O’Shea’s third-minute own goal. with Stead doubling the lead in the 61st minute.

And New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood watched from the stands as his side reached the FA Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Leicester City.

Leandro Bacuna’s curled strike put Villa ahead after a flat first half, before Scott Sinclair scored late on to seemingly secure the victory.

The home side’s nerve was tested after Andrej Kramaric grabbed one back for Leicester in injury-time.

But Villa held on to win the fifth-round tie.

Both clubs had endured a tumultuous week, with Leicester boss Nigel Pearson’s position having been the subject of speculation, and Villa parting company with Paul Lambert before hiring Tim Sherwood as new manager on Saturday, reports the BBC..

With former Tottenham boss Sherwood watching on from the directors’ box, the home fans’ reaction to his presence was muted. The 28,098 attendance was well short of Villa Park’s 42,682 capacity, but there was a largely positive reaction to his appointment

After Sherwood addressed his new side in the dressing room at the break, Villa responded positively.

FA CUP RESULTS

Arsenal 2 – 0 Middlesbrough

Aston Villa 2 – 1 Leicester

Bradford 2 – 0 Sunderland

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