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  • Date:19 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Elland Road
  • Attendance:38,232
  • Johnson (36)
  • Nasri (4) Sagna (34)
    van Persie (75)
Goal!

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The referee brings the game to a close.

92:22 +2.22

Jonathan Howson booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Jonathan Howson. Johan Djourou takes the direct free kick.

89:49

Max Gradel takes the inswinging corner, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

89:12

Foul by Alex Song on Davide Somma, free kick awarded. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

87:55

Booking for Bradley Johnson for dissent. Jonathan Howson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.

87:16

Francesc Fabregas fouled by Jonathan Howson, the ref awards a free kick. 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 target.

84:09

The referee cautions Robert Snodgrass for dissent. Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

82:48

Gael Clichy on for Samir Nasri.

81:16

Laurent Koscielny challenges Davide Somma unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Snodgrass takes the free kick.

80:46

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

78:39

Lloyd Sam comes on in place of Sanchez Watt.

78:29

The official flags Kieran Gibbs offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.

76:17

Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.

75:15

Robin van Persie finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Leeds 1-3 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Nicklas Bendtner.

73:34

Robin van Persie challenges Bradley Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Parker takes the direct free kick.

71:51

Francesc Fabregas fouled by Leigh Bromby, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas has an effort direct from the free kick.

70:12

Marouane Chamakh goes off and Francesc Fabregas comes on. Robin van Persie comes on in place of Andrey Arshavin. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Song by Davide Somma. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

68:07

Shot from close range by Davide Somma misses to the right of the target.

67:17

Davide Somma on for Billy Paynter.

65:23

Andrew O'Brien goes off and Leigh Bromby comes on.

63:38

The ball is crossed by Max Gradel.

58:51

Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from just inside the area clears the bar.

57:22

Sanchez Watt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

56:18

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Snodgrass.

55:14

Nicklas Bendtner is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

54:51

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post.

54:32

Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri.

54:22

Neves Denilson takes a shot. Andrew O'Brien gets a block in.

54:02

Samir Nasri decides to take a short corner.

47:25

Bradley Johnson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

46:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Connolly on Marouane Chamakh. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Samir Nasri, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

45:30

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Billy Paynter.

45:20

Alex Song takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

45:13 +0.13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Watt on Bacary Sagna. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.

43:22

Max Gradel fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Robert Snodgrass from the free kick.

41:01

Nicklas Bendtner fouled by Ben Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.

37:29

Effort on goal by Max Gradel from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

36:39

Bradley Johnson grabs a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Leeds 1-2 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Jonathan Howson.

35:50

Robert Snodgrass fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Marouane Chamakh.

34:05

Bacary Sagna finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-2 Arsenal.

31:34

Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

31:14

Alex Song challenges Jonathan Howson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Howson restarts play with the free kick.

28:12

Johan Djourou challenges Billy Paynter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Bruce takes the direct free kick.

27:38

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Alex Bruce gets a block in.

27:12

Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Jonathan Howson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

26:15

Centre by Bacary Sagna.

22:08

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Billy Paynter.

21:35

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, clearance by Bradley Johnson.

21:27

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

19:14

The ball is delivered by Marouane Chamakh.

18:22

Andrey Arshavin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

16:55

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Bruce.

14:44

Nicklas Bendtner is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

12:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin by Andrew O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Andrey Arshavin.

10:25

Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

9:38

Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Ben Parker results in a free kick. Centre by Samir Nasri, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

7:48

Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Marouane Chamakh goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

4:54

A goal is scored by Samir Nasri from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Arsenal.Assist by Andrey Arshavin.

2:37

Nicklas Bendtner fouled by Bradley Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Samir Nasri takes the direct free kick.

1:44

Max Gradel fouled by Nicklas Bendtner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.

0:33

Shot from just outside the area by Max Gradel misses to the left of the target.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The referee blows for half time.

The second half has started.

Match Preview

Leeds manager Simon Grayson will send his players out for the FA Cup third-round replay against Arsenal at Elland Road with big smiles on their faces.

Grayson's npower Championship promotion-chasers came within a whisker of pulling off another big Cup upset at the Emirates Stadium 10 days ago and the 41-year-old believes the pressure is all on the Londoners.

Arsene Wenger is reminded more than ever this season that it has been almost six years since his side last landed a major trophy, hence his palpable relief after Cesc Fabregas's last-minute penalty had cancelled out Robert Snodgrass's spot kick to salvage an unlikely replay.

Arsenal lifted the FA Cup in 2005, last won the Premier League in 2004 and the League Cup in 1993. There is a growing angst among the Gunners' faithful and Grayson hopes this could work in Leeds' favour.

Grayson, embarking on his third year in charge at Elland Road, said: "This is definitely a competition Arsenal want to win. They'll be focused on what they have to do and after being 1-0 down with a minute to go they'll be delighted to still be in it.

"But there's no pressure on us at all. We'll still go out and play with a carefree attitude and enjoy the occasion. Just because we got a result at the Emirates doesn't make us favourites by any stretch of the imagination.

"But it's a great opportunity to test ourselves against fantastic individuals and a fantastic team again and apply ourselves in front of the national media."

Wojciech Szczesny will again be in goal for Arsenal as Lukasz Fabianski remains sidelined with a shoulder problem. Right-back Bacary Sagna is available after completing a three-match ban and winger Tomas Rosicky is expected back after a virus.

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey could make his first Gunners appearance since recovering from a broken leg, while Nicklas Bendtner may get another chance in attack. Defender Sebastien Squillaci (hamstring), midfielder Abou Diaby (calf), goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (ankle) and centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) remain out.

Robin van Persie feels it is "vital" Arsenal come through the game whatever side manager Arsene Wenger sends out at Elland Road. The Gunners boss is again expected to rotate his starting XI for what will be their sixth fixture of a congested January after needing a last-minute penalty from captain Cesc Fabregas to deny the npower Championship side a famous win at Emirates Stadium.

However, the Holland forward, 27, feels Arsenal have the strength in depth to produce the required performance at Elland Road which would secure a home fourth-round tie against Huddersfield.

"Those two cup games were not good enough, but against West Ham, everyone played really well and were fighting for each other," van Persie said.

"This game is vital because we have a big chance. "If we win against Leeds, then after that it will be a game against a lower league side again.

"I have looked at the draw, there are a lot of other Premier League teams playing each other, so lots of teams will go out, which means we have big chances to go further."

Formation:433Manager: Simon Grayson

Leeds

Formation: 4411Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Kasper Schmeichel
  • Paul Connolly
  • Alex Bruce
  • Andrew O'Brien
  • Ben Parker
  • Sanchez Watt
  • Jonathan Howson
  • Bradley Johnson
  • Robert Snodgrass
  • Billy Paynter
  • Max Gradel
  • SUBS
  • Shane Higgs
  • Neill Collins
  • Lloyd Sam
  • Andy Hughes
  • Leigh Bromby
  • Davide Somma
  • Ross McCormack

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Match Report

Nasri Guns down Leeds Samir Nasri underlined his credentials as an early contender for player of the season with a sparkling display to help Arsenal finally get the better of Championship side Leeds with a 3-1 FA Cup win. The France international scored the Gunners' opener and was their creative heart as this time Leeds failed to cope with qualities of their Premier League opposition. Bacary Sagna's cracking drive made it 2-0 and Leeds were left only with the memories of Bradley Johnson's blistering strike to sweeten the bitter pill of defeat, especially when Robin van Persie came off the bench to round off the scoring. After struggling against Leeds at home in this FA Cup third-round contest, and having been embarrassed at Ipswich in the Carling Cup last week, this was a far more comfortable ride for Arsene Wenger's side. That was thanks in large part to France international Nasri, whose presence in midfield looked hugely reassuring for the Gunners. It took less than five minutes for the 23-year-old to make a telling impact and score his 14th goal of the season. Andrei Arshavin, who had a point to prove after some dismal recent performances, played a key role in the move, with Marouane Chamakh stepping over his pass to allow Nasri to dance through and slip the ball neatly to the side of Kasper Schmeichel. The Gunners did not let up however and Leeds were chasing elusive shadows for much of the game. Simon Grayson's men were kept in it by Schmeichel's stunning save, scooping Chamakh's downward header off the line. The Moroccan continued, however, to be a thorn in Leeds' side with a blistering run down the right and penetrating ball that somehow Arshavin failed to turn home. The Russian tried to make amends but once more Schmeichel came to the rescue, turning aside his fierce low strike. Anything Arshavin could do, Nicklas Bendtner was keen to show he could do better, but the Dane's miss from Sagna's pinpoint cross was if anything even more ghastly than Arshavin's minutes earlier. "That's why you're 52," chanted the Leeds fans in reference to Bendtner's shirt number. When Sagna drilled home into the top corner with the outside of his right foot to make it 2-0 it seemed as though Arsenal were home and dry. But Leeds, who had barely ventured into the Gunners' half, were suddenly back in the running thanks to a quite stunning long-range strike by Johnson, who began his football life an Arsenal schoolboy but was released as a 15-year-old. Johnson, who made his way to Leeds via non-league football, Cambridge and Northampton, will not have hit a more glorious shot in his life. Struck with the left foot from 30 yards out, it screamed into the top right corner with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny clawing at thin air. That gave Leeds some hope at the break but Nasri picked up the threads again immediately. His lovely disguised pass put in Alex Song inside the opening 30 seconds, but Schmeichel beat away the strike. Schmeichel then had to be alert to keep out Nasri's free-kick but the Arsenal hordes kept coming. One beautifully-crafted move saw Nasri so nearly send Arshavin clear only for a last-ditch interception by Robert Snodgrass. Arshavin's desperation for a goal can only have increased when he tried a first-time shot from Song's pass only to see it soar not only over the bar but actually out of the ground, to raucous jeers from the Leeds fans. Max Gradel and Billy Paynter had had no change out of the Arsenal defence but they almost combined to good effect with 20 minutes left to serve the visitors a warning that this game was not over. Perhaps stung by that, Wenger left nothing to chance as he sent Cesc Fabregas and Van Persie on for the last 15 minutes, and Spaniard Fabregas almost immediately forced Schmeichel into a save from a direct free-kick. Van Persie's first touch was even more decisive, the Dutchman heading powerfully home from Bendtner's cross to finally end the contest. Arsenal had triumphed 4-1 in their last three appearances at Elland Road and Kieran Gibbs looked set to bring about a repeat scoreline with his first goal for the Gunners but his low effort trickled wide.

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