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.
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.
Serge Gnabry was the architect, picking the ball up wide on the Arsenal
right and driving infield before finding Santi Cazorla, who arrowed 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.
Earlier, last season's
beaten finalists Manchester City tasted fresh disappointment in the
competition when they drew 1-1 at second-tier Blackburn Rovers.
by Wigan Athletic in last year's final, City took the lead at Ewood
Park through an Alvaro Negredo goal on the stroke of half-time, only for
Scott Dann to equalise early in the second period.
currently second in the Premier League, also had defender Dedryck Boyata
sent off late on for two bookable offences and now face an unwelcome
replay against Gary Bowyer's side.
"I think it was a very close game," City manager Manuel Pellegrini told BT Sport.
"They're a difficult team and they play here with a lot of intensity, so we must decide who continues in the FA Cup at home."
became the first major casualty of the third round after losing 2-1 at
home to League One representatives Sheffield United.
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.
"For us and our 6,000 fans who came today, I think you saw how much it meant," said winning manager Nigel Clough.
still a special, special competition and we'd just like a home draw
next because we've had three away games on the spin, so it would be nice
to get one at Bramall Lane."
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
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.
"It's not about me, but it is a perfect start to these new times," Solskjaer said.
"I think the lads have had a lot to deal with lately and it's nice for them to start with a win in the cup."
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, the lowest-ranked team in
the tournament, non-league Macclesfield Town, claimed a 1-1 draw at
home to second-tier Sheffield Wednesday thanks to a 72nd-minute
equaliser from Steve Williams.