FT: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1

Liverpool are not able to break through for an equaliser as Arsenal cling on for a 2-1 victory to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and a home tie against Everton. The Reds rallied after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski had put the Gunners 2-0 up, but after Steven Gerrard reduced the arrears with a penalty, Arsenal held firm in a thrilling finale.

Liverpool throw more men into the area as they get a free-kick out wide on the right, but Lukasz Fabianski this time is able to clutch onto Steven Gerrard's high cross.

Yaya Sanogo receives a warm round of applause as he makes way for Olivier Giroud for the final few minutes.

Lukasz Fabianski's first mistake of the game nearly results in a Liverpool goal, as he comes out flapping at Steven Gerrard's free-kick and is beaten to the ball by Daniel Agger, but he cannot direct his header on target.

Liverpool's rhythm has just deserted them at a crucial stage, but they win a free-kick in a decent area as Mikel Arteta fouls Philippe Coutinho.

Mesut Ozil has put in a good shift today and he continues to work the channels, just running the ball out of play on this occasion following a strong run.

Arsenal have just managed to relieve the pressure for the past few minutes, as a couple of stoppages disrupt Liverpool's momentum.

Yaya Sanogo gives Arsenal something a little different and his hold-up play has been good today, as he battles to give his defenders some respite.

Steven Gerrard releases Philippe Coutinho with a sumptuous pass but the Brazilian's cross is intercepted by the impressive Lukasz Fabianski.

Per Mertesacker makes life difficult for Luis Suarez as he tries to get off a shot, giving Lukasz Fabianski a fairly comfortable save.

Arsenal's second change sees Kieran Gibbs come on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to shore up the defence.

Steven Gerrard concedes a free-kick for a poor challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the Arsenal fans think he should be shown a second yellow card, but the referee shows some leniency.

Arsenal have a chance to restore their two-goal advantage following a rapid breakaway, but Santi Cazorla blazes his volley over when he could perhaps take another touch to get himself settled.

Raheem Sterling beats his defender over on the right wing but cannot quite deliver the final ball, with so many Arsenal bodies back in their own box making the space difficult to find.

Arsene Wenger makes his first change of the afternoon and it is Lukas Podolski who is replaced as Santi Cazorla comes on.

Lukas Fabianski has had an exceptional game so far and his handling is flawless as he holds on to a rasping 20-yard shot from Luis Suarez.

Arsenal need to try and regroup here. It is one-way traffic just at the moment as Liverpool pile the pressure on in pursuit of an equaliser.

Luis Suarez's free-kick crashes into the defensive wall but he is then sent tumbling by a mistimed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain challenge. Howard Webb spotted the foul by Lukas Podolski a few minutes ago but he really should be awarding a second penalty here, but instead play is waved on and Arsenal breathe a sigh of relief.

Arsenal are looking ragged now as they concede a free-kick on the edge of the area, with Liverpool scenting an equaliser.

Daniel Sturridge is denied by a fantastic save from Lukasz Fabianski. Sturridge latches on to a pass and tries to dribble round the onrushing keeper, but he just manages to stretch out an arm and get the ball to safety.

Liverpool make their first change of the afternoon and it is an attacking one, as Aly Cissokho makes way for Jordan Henderson.

GOAL! Steven Gerrard steps up and slides a composed penalty into the bottom corner to bring it back to 2-1. It is a very muted celebration from the Liverpool captain, who knows there is still a lot of work to do.

PENALTY! Luis Suarez goes down after being clipped from behind by Lukas Podolski. It is not a heavy challenge by any means but it is a foul and referee Howard Webb points to the spot.

Lukas Fabianski makes a routine save from Daniel Sturridge's curling shot from distance which lacks power.

The game is becoming increasingly stretched now as Liverpool commit more bodies forward. Lukasz Fabianski has to charge off his line at one end to smother the ball, before Brad Jones rushes out (very nearly out of his area) to punch clear.

Mesut Ozil brings a top-class save out of Brad Jones with a powerful strike from a tight angle. It is well stopped by Jones but the most impressive part of the save is that he manages to prevent it from slipping it out of his grasp for the waiting attackers to seize on.

With someone like Luis Suarez in their ranks, though, Liverpool always have a chance. The Uruguayan again seems to read the game just a bit quicker than everyone else as he cuts inside Laurent Koscielny before unleashing a ferocious volley from the edge of the area which fizzes just over the bar.

Arsenal frustrate Liverpool with a spell of possession in midfield. If they can keep hold of the ball like this, it will be tough for Liverpool to retrieve a replay.

Arsenal's offside trap catches out Daniel Sturridge as the linesman's flag puts a stop to a Liverpool move.

Arsenal are in full flow now and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pulling all the strings, as he delights the crowd with another lightning-fast run down the wing.

GOAL! Lukas Podolski makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. They could have conceded an equaliser just a moment ago but now Arsenal double their lead, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shows a clean pair of heels to Daniel Agger to sprint to the byline and cut back a precise pass to Podolski, who makes no mistake with a fine finish from 12 yards.

Luis Suarez shows nimble footwork to turn away from Laurent Koscielny after picking up a pass from Jon Flanagan, but Lukasz Fabianski is equally adept with his feet as he stretches out to make an excellent save.

Liverpool kick us off in the second half and they have work to do to claw back a 1-0 deficit and keep their FA Cup dreams alive, but the opening 45 minutes were very open so there is sure to be plenty of drama still to come.

Arsene Wenger had apparently never been angrier at half-time than when Arsenal trailed 4-0 at Liverpool last week, but as the whistle goes at the Emirates he will be in an altogether different mood, with the Gunners leading 1-0 thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's strike after an absorbing opening 45 minutes.

Raheem Sterling shows his frustration to a decision going against him by putting his hand on Howard Webb. The referee looks surprised but deals with the situation calmly, calling over skipper Steven Gerrard and warning the youngster to behave. No card is issued.

Luis Suarez tests Lukas Fabianski with a decent strike from a tight angle, and moments later attempts an ambitious chip from distance which has the keeper scurrying back but dips wide of the post.

Steven Gerrard puts a halt to a threatening Arsenal break with a clip of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's heels. That is a booking that he probably felt he had to take for the team, because if Oxlade-Chamberlain had got past him Liverpool's defence would have been well and truly outnumbered.

Luis Suarez tries to get involved with a run in from the right. He twists Laurent Koscielny one way and then the other, but ultimately ties himself in knots too as he loses control and the ball runs past the byline.

Mesut Ozil has been bright so far this afternoon and he is at the heart of a flowing counter-attack from Arsenal, before Lukas Podolski delivers a wayward cross from the left which flies harmlessly behind for a goal-kick.

Lukas Podolski tries his luck with a snap shot from the edge of the area but he is slightly off balance as he strikes it and the ball flies high and wide of the Liverpool goal.

Lukasz Fabianski has had little to do since the first few minutes but he springs quickly into action to sprint off his line and gather the ball before Joe Allen can latch on to a long pass.

Mathieu Flamini's exuberance gets the better of him as he slides in on Steven Gerrard but mistimes the challenge, and duly receives a yellow card.

Laurent Koscielny gets the crowd's applause for a tackle on Joe Allen but the ball ricochets for Raheem Sterling and he shows all his pace and trickery to brilliantly skip round Carl Jenkinson. However, he then opts to shoot from a narrow angle rather than square the ball, and Arsenal get it behind for a corner.

Philippe Coutinho tries to play the ball out wide to Luis Suarez but Nacho Monreal reads the situation expertly and comes out to make the interception.

Arsenal have also been sharper on the ball since taking the lead and earn another corner. Brad Jones is in full command of his area as he takes the catch, but then immediately surrenders possession with an aimless long kick straight back into Arsenal territory.

The onus is on Liverpool to take the attack to Arsenal now and they are looking menacing in possession, but the home side are far more organised at the back, marshalled well by Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny with Mathieu Flamini performing an important role in midfield patrol.

Luis Suarez is left clutching his face in pain but there is nothing sinister to report, as replays show he barged accidentally into Lukas Podolski.

A huge cheer erupts from the Arsenal crowd as Steven Gerrard uncharacteristically sends a simple midfield pass straight out of play.

Jon Flanagan loves to gallop forward from right-back and he nearly manages to cut inside Nacho Monreal, but the Arsenal man does well to nip in with a well-timed tackle.

Mesut Ozil's free-kick from deep is punched confidently clear by Brad Jones and Liverpool launch a swift break as the SAS of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez combine sweetly, but Arsenal are getting back in shape much quicker this week and hold off the attack on this occasion.

Philippe Coutinho is shown a yellow card after bringing down a marauding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The goal may have come somewhat against the run of play but the atmosphere has now changed completely at Emirates Stadium, with the home crowd in great voice.

GOAL! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain puts Arsenal 1-0 ahead. Liverpool scramble the free-kick clear but Mesut Ozil quickly swings the ball back into the area and Yaya Sanogo shows good strength to hold off his defender and get off a shot. Steven Gerrard makes the block but it rebounds nicely for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fires calmly past Brad Jones from 10 yards.

Jon Flanagan becomes the first player to be shown a yellow card following a foul on Nacho Monreal, giving Arsenal a free-kick in a decent area.

Arsenal win a corner and Per Mertesacker gets his head to it first. The ball loops up and Brad Jones has to be alert to help it over the bar for another corner.

Carl Jenkinson positions himself well to shield the ball from Daniel Sturridge as a decent cross is swung over from the right wing for Liverpool.

It will take Yaya Sanogo some time to find his feet in English football once he starts playing regularly, and there are signs of his rustiness as he fails to latch on to a Mesut Ozil pass.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injects some speed into Arsenal's approach play with burst down the right before trying to cut it back into the middle, but he just carries it beyond the byline.

Arsenal manage to take the sting out of the game with a period of controlled possession in midfield. The build-up is slow and they don't yet look like opening up Liverpool, but Arsene Wenger will not mind a spell like this just at the moment.

Nacho Monreal concedes a free-kick in a bad area for Arsenal with a clumsy challenge, but Steven Gerrard's delivery from out wide is just too heavy and floats over the heads of everyone in the centre.

Liverpool's slick one-touch play and clever movement again carves Arsenal open as Daniel Sturridge skips around Lukasz Fabianski, but the angle is tight and defenders are retreating on to the line as the England striker slams his shot into the side-netting.

Arsenal break forward quickly themselves as they look to assert their own passing game on Liverpool and find some fluency.

Liverpool came flying out of the blocks at Anfield last weekend and they start positively here as Raheem Sterling embarks on a direct run down the left wing, before Arsenal scramble it clear.

Liverpool came flying out of the blocks at Anfield last weekend and they start positively here as Raheem Sterling embarks on a direct run down the left wing, before Arsenal scramble it clear.

Arsenal get the game started and let us hope for an exciting FA Cup tie as the teams bid to set up a quarter-final against Everton.

The players gather round the centre circle ahead of kick-off as the Emirates Stadium crowd pay their respects to Tom Finney, who died this week. A minute's silence is observed in memory of the former Preston North End and England player.

Marcus from London is also going for an away win: "Arsenal team is looking weak - they have one eye on Bayern Munich. Liverpool's team is very strong - I am going to go for a 3-0 Liverpool win."

Nathan Forward writes: "Be interesting to see if Joe Allen will press the opposition midfield as much as Jordan Henderson does... think it could be the weak link in the side. Still going for a Liverpool 2-1 win though."

Brent says: "I don't care what Liverpool fans are saying, Arsenal will bounce back from the humiliating defeat we suffered just like City yesterday. Finally Podolski gets his chance so I believe it will be an Arsenal victory. 2-1 or 3-1 to the boys from North London, great to see the Ox back! Remember feed the Ox and he will score!! Come on you Gunners!"

Brendan writes: "It's going to be a hard-fought game. Liverpool definitely good going forward, as a Liverpool fan, it's very entertaining to watch them play this season. Think it's all about which team can be clinical in front of goal! Going for a 2-1 win for Liverpool with Suarez scoring."

Shola Giwa in Nigeria says: "Massive Liverpool fan. Today Arsenal will start out confused between defending and attacking while the recent goal drought will push Suarez. Sterling is chasing an England call-up and Sturridge is always looking to prove a point. It can only end up in a Liverpool win. Shaky defence though. I'm going for a 4-1 win to Liverpool."

The draw for the quarter-finals has just been made and the winners of Arsenal's clash with Liverpool will have a home tie against Everton, providing the prospect of a Merseyside derby at Anfield if Brendan Rodgers' men can come through their tough test against the Gunners.

Why not check out the latest odds with Sky Bet ahead of the match? Arsenal are at 9/5 to win and Liverpool 7/5, while a draw is 13/5. Luis Suarez is at 4/1 to open the scoring, while Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo is 8/1.

Arsenal fan Robert is disappointed to see Serge Gnabry only on the bench today: "I would love to see us get revenge on Liverpool because we were embarrassed by them in our league meeting. Wenger, who has been renowned for bringing youth players through, is leaving players like Gnabry out of the squad. We're missing Theo's pace but we aren't utilising the obvious stand-in waiting in the wings."

If Arsenal are going to come out on top they will have to do so with a much-changed side. Only Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil have been retained from the XI which began the draw with Manchester United, and there is a first start up front for Yaya Sanogo. Liverpool make three changes from the side which started the midweek win at Fulham, with goalkeeper Brad Jones, defender Daniel Agger and midfielder Joe Allen in for Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure and Jordan Henderson.

Alan Semple disagrees with those that think Liverpool will have it all their own way: "Most people think Liverpool will win this one but I don't think you can write Arsenal off at home, I'm going for a 2-1 win to Arsenal."

Robert from Newcastle says: "My prediction is a 2-1 win to Liverpool. It won't be another drubbing but Liverpool will have the edge."

Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Flamini, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Podolski, Sanogo. Subs: Viviano, Sagna, Gibbs, Wilshere, Cazorla, Gnabry, Giroud.

Liverpool: Jones, Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Cissokho, Gerrard, Allen, Coutinho, Suarez, Sterling, Sturridge. Subs: Mignolet, Toure, Moses, Henderson, Kelly, Aspas, Teixeira.

Chris Green from Huddersfield says: "Liverpool to win 4-0, with Coutinho, Gerrard, Suarez and Sturridge scoring the goals." Is anyone out there backing Arsenal?

Tommy Hill writes: "It would be foolish to think that LFC will repeat last week's demolition, although it would be real nice. I'm going for a Liverpool win - 3-1 with goals from Suarez (brace) and Sturridge."

Liverpool will certainly be full of confidence after putting Arsenal to the sword at Anfield last week. The Reds then came from behind to snatch a 3-2 victory over Fulham and boost their Premier League title hopes. They remain in fourth place but are now just four points off the pace and Brendan Rodgers has assured fans they will give their all to try and finish top. The immediate focus is on FA progress, though, and Liverpool are unbeaten in nine games as they prepare to try and topple the Gunners.

Dale is the first to get in touch, saying: "Massive Liverpool fan here, I believe this game is huge for us, not so much for getting into the quarter-finals of the cup, more so for the confidence and moving forward, keeping the momentum going is the most important for us right now. My prediction is 0-2 Sturridge and Gerrard YNWA."

Arsenal face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie in midweek, while they are just a point behind leaders Chelsea in the title race. However, Blues boss Jose Mourinho described Arsene Wenger as a 'specialist in failure' a couple of days ago, due to the frequently-discussed trophy drought at Arsenal which stretches back to 2005. Wenger knows that the only response that will silence his critics is to claim some major honours this season, and gaining revenge on Liverpool for last week's defeat would be the ideal start.

These teams met just last weekend in a dramatic Premier League encounter, with Liverpool running out emphatic 5-1 winners after a four-goal blitz in the opening 20 minutes. Arsenal followed that up with a 0-0 stalemate against Manchester United on Wednesday and they are very much in the midst of a potentially decisive set of fixtures as they hunt for silverware on three fronts.

Let us know your views and predictions ahead of the game by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Will Arsenal prove too strong on home soil or can Liverpool pick up their second victory over the Gunners in the space of little more than a week. The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are likely to be the key players?

Welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Arsenal's FA Cup tie against Liverpool. A place in the quarter-finals is up for grabs at Emirates Stadium and it promises to be a thrilling clash between two fierce rivals.

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