Gunners ease past Burnley

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Arsenal cruised into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Coca-Cola Championship side Burnley at Emirates Stadium.

Fine goals from Mexican teenager Carlos Vela and Eduardo either side of half-time and Emmanuel Eboue's late strike set up a home tie against Hull.

Theo Walcott made his return from four months out with a shoulder problem as Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions.

The victory - achieved with several of the first-team regulars rested and which marked a welcome return for Walcott proved to be just the right tonic ahead of next week's crucial Champions League trip to Roma.

The Clarets started with plenty of attacking intentions in a fluid 4-3-3 formation. Alex Song made a well-timed challenge on Kevin McDonald as the visitors had the best of the early possession.

The Gunners finally took the lead with a fine breakaway goal on 25 minutes. Andrei Arshavin latched onto a loose pass and threaded it through to Vela. The Mexican teenager pushed the ball between Clarke Carlisle's legs and raced away towards goal. Joey Gudjonsson tugged back at his shirt, but Vela only had one thing on his mind, as he reached the edge of the area before chipping the ball over Jensen into the net.

Arsenal doubled their advantage with another well-worked goal six minutes into the second half.

Song chipped an angled ball over into the right side of the penalty area - where Eduardo had timed the run perfectly to flash in a superb volley off the outside of his left foot.

Eduardo should have scored again when he was picked out at the far post by a deep cross from Sagna - but this time the Brazilian-born Croatia marksman could only head the ball back across goal and wide from six yards. Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey and England winger Walcott were introduced for the final 20 minutes and Arsenal finally made it 3-0 with five minutes left.

Song's clever back-heel put Eboue clear into the right side of the penalty area and he drilled the ball into the far corner from close range. A header from Caldwell hit the top of the crossbar following a corner - but there was to be no consolation goal for the brave, but outclassed visitors.

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