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Leeds   1 - 3   Arsenal

Samir Nasri celebrates opening the scoring for Arsenal
Samir Nasri continued his fine run of form with another scintillating performance

By Jonathan Stevenson

Arsenal produced a clinical performance at Championship side Leeds to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Gunners were impressive throughout and took an early lead when Samir Nasri slotted in from Andrey Arshavin's pass.

Kasper Schmeichel brilliantly denied Marouane Chamakh before Bacary Sagna thumped home a second, though Bradley Johnson's screamer halved the deficit.

Davide Somma's effort flew wide before Robin van Persie headed in a superb Nicklas Bendtner cross to settle it.

Arsenal, who are still in the hunt for four trophies this season, will now entertain League One side Huddersfield Town next.

The Gunners have never gone out of the FA Cup in the third round nor lost to a lower division side in the competition under Arsene Wenger, two impressive runs they kept going at Elland Road on an evening that was fraught with potential dangers.

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Messi is the new Becchio

Arsenal must have been pleased that Leeds' leading scorer Luciano Becchio was ruled out with a back injury and the hosts missed his hold-up play and threat for long periods as Wenger's side produced wave after wave of attack.

The Frenchman had talked in the build-up to the game about how focused his side were and they looked it, taking the game to their Championship opponents from the first whistle with a pace and panache Leeds simply could not live with.

From their first attack of any real note, Arsenal took the lead. Chamakh fed Arshavin down the left and his ball to the edge of the box found its way through to Nasri, the in-form Frenchman jinking into the box and coolly slotting into the net.

The goal rocked Leeds on their heels and it was all one-way traffic as the Gunners sought to kill the tie off, Schmeichel producing a save his legendary father Peter would have been proud of to superbly push away Chamakh's downward header from Nasri's free-kick.

Not for the first time, Arsenal's principal undoing seemed to be their own profligacy in front of goal, with Arshavin the culprit-in-chief as he fired one shot over, completely mis-kicked four yards out in front of goal and then saw Schmeichel smartly save another 18-yard drive.

When Sagna fizzed over a cross from the right that Bendtner failed to convert by inches Arsenal's frustration grew, but the full-back took on the next opening himself and doubled their lead, hitting a scorching drive from an angle on the right of the Leeds box that flew in via Schmeichel's fingertips.

Just as it appeared Arsenal had taken the sting out of the tie, Johnson produced a moment of outrageous quality, thundering a bullet of a left foot shot out of the blue and into the top left-hand corner of Wojciech Szczesny's net with the Pole grasping at thin air.

As quickly as the ball had left his foot and settled in the Arsenal net the atmosphere suddenly changed, with the majority of the 38,232 crowd roaring their underdogs on.

Leeds were once more indebted to the exceptional Schmeichel for keeping them in it when he stood tall to parry away Alex Song's near-post drive only 23 seconds into the second half, before Robert Snodgrass produced a goal-saving tackle just as Arshavin was about to pull the trigger.

Simon Grayson's side had half-chances as they tried to haul themselves level, Billy Paynter narrowly failing to connect with a Max Gradel cross from the right and then substitute Somma diverting a Snodgrass centre over from eight yards.

Wenger sent on Cesc Fabregas and Van Persie to try to finish Leeds off and with 14 minutes left the switch paid off as the Spaniard sent Bendtner away down the right and his wonderful curling cross was headed in by Van Persie at the far post.

That enabled Arsenal to cruise through the final stages as they continued their hunt for a first major trophy since 2005.


Leeds manager Simon Grayson:
"Hopefully the ambition of the players can be fulfilled here - we are not a selling club and don't need to sell anybody.

"This has whetted the appetite for players to face these sorts of teams on a weekly basis and I believe we have come out of the two games with a lot of credit."

"[On Johnson's goal] Bradley shoots like that in training and most of them end up in Wetherby but he hit that one so sweetly and it was a goal worthy of winning a match."

Read Arsene Wenger's reaction here

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leeds 1-3 Arsenal FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Johnson 37
  • Nasri 5
  • Sagna 35
  • Van Persie 76

Leeds

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 Connolly
  • 04 Bruce
  • 19 Parker
  • 40 O'Brien (Bromby 66)
  • 07 Gradel
  • 14 Howson yellow card
  • 16 Johnson yellow card
  • 09 Paynter (Somma 68)
  • 18 Watt (Sam 79)
  • 23 Snodgrass yellow card

Substitutes

  • 12 Higgs,
  • 05 Collins,
  • 26 Bromby,
  • 11 Sam,
  • 22 Hughes,
  • 27 Somma,
  • 44 McCormack

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 38,232
LEEDS
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Leeds 45%
  • Arsenal 55%

Attempts on target

  • Leeds 2
  • Arsenal 11

Attempts off target

  • Leeds 5
  • Arsenal 6

Corners

  • Leeds 2
  • Arsenal 7

Fouls

  • Leeds 15
  • Arsenal 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:05 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Howson on Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Johan Djourou.
  • 90:00+2:22 Booking Jonathan Howson receives a caution.
  • 89:49 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Max Gradel from the left by-line, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 89:12 Foul by Alex Song on Davide Somma, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 87:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Jonathan Howson. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:55 Booking Bradley Johnson is given a yellow card.
  • 87:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Jonathan Howson. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 86:20 Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 84:09 Gael Clichy fouled by Bradley Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:09 Booking Robert Snodgrass receives a caution.
  • 82:48 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Gael Clichy coming on for Samir Nasri.
  • 81:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Davide Somma by Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.
  • 80:46 Effort from a long way out by Francesc Fabregas goes wide right of the target.
  • 78:39 Substitution Sanchez Watt goes off and Lloyd Sam comes on.
  • 78:29 The official flags Kieran Gibbs offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 76:17 Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:15 Nicklas Bendtner provided the assist for the goal.
  • 75:15 GOAL - Robin van PersieLeeds 1 - 3 Arsenal Robin van Persie scores a headed goal from close range. Leeds 1-3 Arsenal.
  • 73:34 Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson. Ben Parker takes the free kick.
  • 71:51 Leigh Bromby challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Francesc Fabregas from the free kick.
  • 70:12 Alex Song fouled by Davide Somma, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 70:12 Substitution Andrey Arshavin leaves the field to be replaced by Robin van Persie.
  • 70:12 Substitution Francesc Fabregas is brought on as a substitute for Marouane Chamakh.
  • 68:07 Shot from close range by Davide Somma misses to the right of the goal.
  • 67:17 Substitution Davide Somma joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Paynter.
  • 65:23 Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Leigh Bromby coming on for Andrew O'Brien.
  • 63:38 Max Gradel produces a cross.
  • 58:51 Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 57:22 Sanchez Watt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 56:18 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Snodgrass.
  • 55:14 Nicklas Bendtner is penalised for a handball. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
  • 54:51 Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner.
  • 54:32 Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 54:22 Neves Denilson takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 54:02 Short corner taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 47:25 Bradley Johnson has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 46:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Paul Connolly. Samir Nasri fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 45:30 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Samir Nasri, Billy Paynter makes a clearance.
  • 45:20 Alex Song takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:15 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:13 Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Sanchez Watt results in a free kick. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 43:22 Unfair challenge on Max Gradel by Samir Nasri results in a free kick. Robert Snodgrass produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 41:01 Foul by Ben Parker on Nicklas Bendtner, free kick awarded. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:29 Effort on goal by Max Gradel from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 36:39 Assist by Jonathan Howson.
  • 36:39 GOAL - Bradley JohnsonLeeds 1 - 2 Arsenal Bradley Johnson scores a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Leeds 1-2 Arsenal.
  • 35:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Robert Snodgrass. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right wing, Marouane Chamakh makes a clearance.
  • 34:05 GOAL - Bacary SagnaLeeds 0 - 2 Arsenal Goal scored by Bacary Sagna from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-2 Arsenal.
  • 31:34 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
  • 31:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Howson.
  • 28:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Djourou on Billy Paynter. Alex Bruce restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:38 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Bruce.
  • 27:12 Samir Nasri fouled by Jonathan Howson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.
  • 26:15 Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.
  • 22:08 Samir Nasri takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Billy Paynter.
  • 21:35 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Bradley Johnson.
  • 21:27 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 19:14 Marouane Chamakh produces a cross.
  • 18:22 Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 16:55 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Alex Bruce gets a block in.
  • 14:44 The referee blows for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 12:38 Andrew O'Brien challenges Andrey Arshavin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 10:25 Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 9:38 Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Ben Parker results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Samir Nasri, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 7:48 Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Header on goal by Marouane Chamakh from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 4:54 The assist for the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.
  • 4:54 GOAL - Samir NasriLeeds 0 - 1 Arsenal Samir Nasri fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 2:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Nicklas Bendtner. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
  • 1:44 Nicklas Bendtner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Max Gradel. Bradley Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:33 Max Gradel has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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