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Burnley burns Baggies in Cup

STEVEN Thompson scored twice as Burnley continued its cup giant-killing season with a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday.

The Clarets, who play in the second-tier League Championship, knocked Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal out of the League Cup only to lose to Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinals. Now they have also beaten the last-place team in the English Premier League to reach the last 16 of the more prestigious FA Cup, and visit Arsenal or Cardiff City, whose own replay scheduled for Tuesday was called off a day earlier because heavy snow made the Emirates Stadium unplayable.

With his team last in the Premier League and desperate to avoid relegation, West Brom manager Tony Mowbray made six changes to his regular starting lineup, and his team was outplayed by a club eighth in the Championship.

Wade Elliott gave Burnley the lead with a 20-meter volley in the 45th minute.

Thompson added the second in the 52nd from close range after Martin Patersen met a cross from Christian Kalvenes only for a defender to block his header.

Gianni Zuiverloon replied for the Baggies with an angled shot in the 60th but Thompson scored the third from close range after Robbie Blake opened up the West Brom defense.

There was more FA Cup fourth-round replay action yesterday when Everton hosts Merseyside rival Liverpool and Sunderland visits Blackburn Rovers.

Championship side Doncaster Rovers will seek an upset at Aston Villa, while Nottingham Forest and Derby County meet again in an all-second-division replay.

Off the field, Russia forward Andrei Arshavin completed his transfer to Arsenal from Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday, the club said.

The move had been awaiting confirmation from the Premier League after the clubs failed to announce an agreement before Monday's transfer window deadline.

"We are delighted to have signed Andrei Arshavin, he is a player I have admired for a long time," manager Arsene Wenger told the club's Website.

"He is a versatile player with great experience, who will add real quality to our squad. Andrei is an exciting impact player with a huge amount of ability and has been an influential force with both Zenit St. Petersburg and the Russian national team in recent seasons."

The club said Arshavin, who won the UEFA Cup with Zenit last season and shone in Russia's run to the Euro 2008 semifinals, had joined on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

British media reported he had agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract and had cost Arsenal around 15 million pounds (US$21.35 million).

Television pictures showed a smiling Arshavin appearing in front of fans at the Emirates Stadium holding a shirt with the No. 23 and signing autographs.

"It was very hard days for me but now it doesn't matter, now I am a Gooner, it's important," Arshavin told Sky Sports News, showing that despite his nervous English he had already mastered some important Arsenal jargon.

Arshavin could make his debut for fifth-placed Arsenal in the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.


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