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FA CUP 4th ROUND: Arsenal edge Brighton, West Ham and Aston Villa through

There were no repeats of Saturday's upsets in the three 2014/15 FA Cup fixtures which took place on Sunday.

Premier League trio West Ham United, Aston Villa and Arsenal all progressed to the fifth stage of the famous cup competition with wins over lower league opponents to save the blushes of the top flight after Chelsea, Manchester City and Swansea City were all eliminated yesterday.

Sam Allardyce's Hammers travelled to in-form League One side Bristol City and managed to get over the line 1-0 with a late winner from Diafra Sakho despite a strong showing from the Robins who sit second on the third tier table on goal difference.

Joining the east Londoners in the next phase of the cup are Villa who seemingly cruised to their 2-1 triumph over Championship high-fliers AFC Bournemouth courtesy of a debut goal from winter signing Carles Gil and a 71st-minute effort from Andi Weimann before Callum Wilson grabbed a late consolation for the Cherries.

And in the later game, Arsenal were in complete control at Brighton & Hove Albion before making hard work of their eventual 3-2 victory at the Amex Stadium.

Theo Walcott scored his first goal in over a year to send the Gunners on their way in the second minute before Mesut Ozil added a second on 24 minutes giving Arsene Wenger's side a comfortable lead at the break.

But as we have come to see regularly over the years, the north London outfit appeared to sit back on their lead which invited Chris O'Grady to come up with a 50th minute response for the Seagulls before Tomas Rosicky restored Arsenal's two-goal lead just before the hour-mark.

Sam Baldock then grabbed a second for Brighton in the 75th minute, which really heaped pressure on the Gunners, but they were able to answer the questions thrown at them by Chris Hughton's side and continue their defence of last season's cup triumph.

Monday night sees Rochdale take on Stoke City which succeeds the fifth round draw for the next phase fixtures which will take place on February 14 and 15.

Replays involving Manchester United v Cambridge United, Sheffield United v Preston North End, Fulham v Sunderland, Bolton v Liverpool have been scheduled for the week starting February 2.

2014/15 FA Cup - 4th round scores

Bristol City (L1): 0 West Ham United (PREM): 1 (Diafra Sakho 81') Ashton Gate, Bristol - 12,682

Aston Villa (PREM): 2 (Carles Gil 51', Andreas Weimann 71') AFC Bournemouth (CHA): 1 (Callum Wilson 90+3') Villa Park, Birmingham - 27,415

Brighton & Hove Albion (CHA): 2 (Chris O'Grady 50', Sam Baldock 75') Arsenal (PREM): 3 (Theo Walcott 2', Mesut Ozil 24', Tomas Rosicky 59') Amex Stadium, Brighton - 30,278

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