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Summary

  1. Full-time: Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough
  2. Holders through to quarter-finals
  3. Giroud scores with two fine finishes
  4. Commentary on Radio 5 live and this page
  5. Get involved #bbcfacup & MOTD Facebook

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By Gary Rose and Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

BBC Radio 5 live

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on 606: "They are top of the league in the Championship so it was important to start at a good pace and we did that well.

"We were in control of the game, not because Boro were weak but because we were strong.

"We are holders of the trophy and we want to do everything to keep it.

"Giroud wanted a hat-trick, yes, but I had an opportunity to give young players an opportunity - like Chuba Akpom.

"I like Gabriel's performance, it was focused and determined. He played a little bit with the hand-brake on offensively."

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

BBC Radio 5 live

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka on 606: "The first-half was disappointing as we made mistakes. We can't come to play against Arsenal and make mistakes like we did from the corner. We are disappointed in the first half but in the second half we were better.

"We didn't play in the way we wanted to play. You could see two or three minutes into the game we were not playing with our usual intensity.

"Maybe it is a wake up call. We were really hoping we could beat Arsenal in the way we beat Manchester City.

"Now we have to work hard to play here next season."

No I in team goal

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Arsenal goal
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This lovely little graphic from Opta shows that all 11 of the Arsenal team were involved in Olivier Giroud's opening goal.

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Wenger
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "We started well with a good pace and we controlled the game well with our movement and technical quality. We had good team focus overall, we maybe lost our cohesion a little bit at 2-0 but I am happy. Overall we were serious and focused over the whole game.

"We had a good day but Middlesbrough are a good side, it was important for us not to let them come back to 2-1 because they are good technically and are organised, they are a good team.

"Olivier Giroud was very sharp. He has improved a lot compared to the player he was when we he arrived here. He is mobile, technically good, and he works with great focus in training. He has become a top player.

"Gabriel Paulista made a great recovery tackle in the box. He wants to defend, he has good urgency levels and a good physique and technical qualities. He is short language-wise but the intelligent players compensate with vision. He looks at what his partners are doing, and he did that well."

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Embarrassing stuff. A report's phone goes off in Arsene Wenger's news conference, right under Wenger's nose, and the ringtone is a shocker.

Unlike Roy Keane or Sean Dyche, Wenger just laughs it off.

Player reaction

Bradford 2-0 Sunderland

Bradford goalscorer Jon Stead on 606: "In some respects it was bigger [than beating Chelsea]. There was a little bit of expectation for us to win today.

"The second goal was key. If anything it made it quite a comfortable win for us and it's strange to say that.

"Now we will look forward to the draw to see who we will knockout in the next round."

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Arsene Wenger smiles when he is told that only one man has won six FA Cup trophies as a manager. Wenger currently has five...

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

More from Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, speaking to BBC Sport: "It is difficult to play against Arsenal and if you concede goals at set pieces and if you make mistakes it is more difficult.

"The way I like to play is to fight but in the first half we did not play in the way I like, we did not fight in the same way we did against Manchester City and Liverpool. Now we have to think about Birmingham. The league is our objective now."

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Jamie Kevin Devine: Oh how other so called 'top teams' wish they could win an FA Cup tie as comfortably as Arsenal. Clear favourites now, surely.

Francinee: Looking at the teams left, I wouldn't mind two all Premier League ties in the next round. It would be nice to see a lower league side get to Wembley.

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Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, speaking to BT Sport: "Against Manchester City we won all the 50-50 balls, we were more concentrated and organised. Today the first half especially was bad. We had to play more aggressively, especially in the first half but we keep going now.

"What did I say at half-time? I'm a friend of you but I cannot say (laughs). I had a lot of things to say. To play with more organisation, more concentration. If we play the way we did against a team like Arsenal, we could have conceded five, six, or seven goals. We knew we had to improve our intensity but the second half was better."

Bradford 2-0 Sunderland

Bradford
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League One Bradford City created another FA Cup shock by beating Sunderland 2-0 at Valley Parade in the fifth round.

A John O'Shea own-goal and a fifth goal in this season's competition for Jon Stead gave the Bantams victory.

Watch the full highlights here.

HIGHLIGHTS

Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester

Villa v Leicester
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It was an enjoyable watching brief for new Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood at Villa Park as his side beat Leicester to make it through into the last eight.

Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair fired Villa into a 2-0 lead, before a late Andrej Kramaric header gave Leicester hope.

Watch the full highlights here.

Preston v Manchester United is live on BBC One tomorrow evening. Join Gary Lineker and team from Deepdale at 19:30 GMT.

The last eight

With one game to go then, and no replays on the congested calendar, here's how the FA Cup draw will be looking tomorrow night:

1 LIVERPOOL

2 ARSENAL

3 ASTON VILLA

4 WEST BROMWICH ALBION

5 BRADFORD CITY

6 BLACKBURN ROVERS

7 READING

8 PRESTON NORTH END OR MANCHESTER UNITED

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

at The Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

"It was never in doubt after the first goal, Arsenal were playing within themselves. Cazorla in attack, Flamini holding things together. We will hold our judgement on Gabriel for a little while longer.

"Boro now have other things to focus on in getting promoted, and if they do they will have to do a little bit better.

"I think Boro will be a wee bit disappointed with themselves. I really do believe that they are a very good side, but they haven't really had a go at it (until too late). When they have let themselves go, particularly in the wide areas, they have looked good."

FULL-TIME

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Arsenal, the FA Cup holders, are through to the quarter finals. Two goals in as many minutes from Olivier Giroud the difference in the end. In truth, Arsenal were a class above on the day and could and should have won by more.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

So close! Boro almost back in with a sniff as Kike heads against the post from close range! It was a great chance. There's no way the game should even be in sight for the visitors but that was a great chance.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Arsene Wenger doesn't look too happy on the bench but he is moments away from a place in the last eight.

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Stewart Milligan: Ozil looks a completely different player since returning from injury. Strong in the tackle and even better going forward.

Matty Hernandez: Hats off to Boro, still making it difficult. Proving that they are worthy top three opposition from the Championship.

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GREAT SAVE!

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

That is another top, top, top save from Middlesbrough goalkeeper Tomas Mejias. He's not even Boro's first choice but he was outstanding at Manchester City and he's been excellent again. This time Theo Walcott bursts clear to face him one-on-one, Walcott doesn't connect with his strike as he would have liked but it's an excellent save still from the stretching keeper.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Into the final few minutes. It has been a very routine win for Arsenal as Mesut Ozil has a low shot well saved.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

at The Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

"Olivier Giroud looked disappointed as he desperately wanted to get that hat-trick. Maybe there was another opportunity or two to come with six or seven minutes to go. But it's a much better opportunity to give Chuba Akpom some game time at this level."

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Olivier Giroud is substituted
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Olivier Giroud comes off, here is Chuba Akpom for a run-out. Still looking for his first Gunners goal.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

at The Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

"Arsenal have looked like they have another couple of gears if they need it. If Boro do get a goal back you get a sense that Arsenal will say 'we have had enough of that'."

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Mesut Ozil in space again - Boro can't keep tight to him today - and he cuts one back for Theo Walcott to strike. Good technique to keep the left-footed half-volley down but Kenneth Omeruo makes a bold block.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

at The Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

"You have to remember that Gabriel is not 100% match fit at this level and it will take time. But he has been quite up and down so far. If there have been any problems in the Arsenal defence he has been at the heart of it."

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Arsenal should have won this by more - they've had 20 efforts on goal today. But Arsene Wenger should be very pleased with the display against a good Middlesbrough side who have every chance of reaching the Premier League next season.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Gabriel makes a towering clearance
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There are still 20 minutes to go. This feels like a very long second half. Middlesbrough win a corner but Gabriel makes a towering clearance. The break is on, could be three if they use it right, Olivier Giroud hasn't really got the legs and it ends with Santi Cazorla drilling over from 20 yards.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

at The Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

Danny Welbeck shoots
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"If you are going to be brutally honest, Welbeck has not had a great game this afternoon. He likes to be the main man through the middle, but sometimes when Olivier Giroud plays he doesn't have that impact."

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Davis Taetiiid: Of course Hodgson will start Welbeck, he's recently done the business for England and is coming back from injury.

Mark Taylor: A cynical challenge yes (by Gabriel), but good defending all the same. Don't we call it taking one for the team? Worth a yellow I think.

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SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Double change for Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez is off, Tomas Rosicky is on. Theo Walcott then replaces Danny Welbeck.

Arsenal cruising into the last eight.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

More great stuff from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the weight of Ozil's return pass is just brilliant and Sanchez is in - but he is stopped by a cracking slide from Ryan Fredericks.

Messi Messi Messi!

Spanish La Liga

Lionel Messi
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Talking of world class, Lionel Messi has grabbed a hat-trick on his 300th La Liga appearance.

He loves a goal. Loves it.

Read the latest on Barcelona v Levante here.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

at The Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

"He has no right to save that whatsoever. It's behind him and just about in the goal. A world class save from Tomas Mejias. I can't believe he has actually got that and he has just tipped it millimetres past the post."

GREAT SAVE!

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

What a save! Arsenal so close to number three but Tomas Mejias pulls off a stunning one-handed stop. Alexis Sanchez helps on Santi Cazorla's inswinging free-kick and Mejias somehow claws it out. The reflexes of a scalded cat.

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Patrick Ames: Just remember Boro have done extremely well to get to this game and the difference is that the teams' spending on players is very evident. Boro are building, don't knock them for that or for doing it the right way.

Luke, Middlesbrough fan: The boys have stage fright. Plus technicians like Cazorla are running rings around our midfield pair. Just have to accept they're better players, but we don't like losing so I fancy us to come out stronger in the second half.

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Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Sorry about that, been discussing Woody Harrelson's filmography.

This game has half an hour left, it's an absolute stroll for the Gunners. It may even be a chance for Chuba Akpom to get a run out.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Woody Harrelson in the crowd! What's he doing there? What a legend.

To be honest he looks utterly, utterly bored. The game has gone a bit flat Woody, I'll give you that.

Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

at The Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

"Totally and utterly cynical. Gabriel has had very little to do but he got himself absolutely square to Adam Reach then. It was a yellow card."