RVP hails 'crazy' Arsenal comeback

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Arsenal skipper Robin Van Persie hailed the spirit shown by his team-mates after the 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup yesterday.

The Gunners were two goals down at half-time after Richard Dunne and Darren Bent put the visitors in command, but a fortuitous Theo Walcott finish between two penalties from the Dutch hitman handed Arsenal victory.

All three goals for Arsene Wenger's side came in the space of six minutes, and means the north London outfit will now travel to either Sunderland or Middlesbrough in the last 16 of the competition.

"It was very important. At 2-0 down, it's always going to be a hard task to come back," Van Persie told ESPN post-match.

"But a crazy six minutes in the second half changed the game. Credit to the team. We all did it. Credit to all of them, because we worked hard and we're still in it."

"[It's] another chance, because we're still in the Champions League. We worked so hard. We are excited for the next round."

Arsenal have not won the competition since 2005, when Patrick Vieira's penalty sealed victory over Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium.

And Walcott is hoping a significant change in fortunes could see the Gunners make a return to Wembley, as well as improve in the Barclays Premier League after three consecutive defeats against Fulham, Swansea City and Manchester United.

"We need a bit of luck. Hopefully the luck's changing," the England winger also told ESPN.

"The team worked so hard. This cup means so much to us. We want to win this trophy. We need to show the fans we're ready. It shows we've got great characters in the dressing room."

A clash against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night is the Gunners' next opportunity to put more points on the board in the league, as Wenger's side look to close the gap on the top four places.

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