Leeds vs Arsenal Match Report
Posted on January 21st, 2011 at 4:23 PM
Back to winning ways in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening with a 3-1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road, after a disappointing first leg draw at home some of the big Guns returned to ensure our place in the fourth round home time with Huddersfield Town.
With little defensive options at the moment Wenger maintained the partnership of Koscielny and Djourou at the back with Gibbs on the left and Sagna returning at right back after his three match suspension. Just in front of the defence was Song and Denilson with Nasri taking up Cesc's more central attacking role, the attack featured Chamakh in a central position, Bendtner on the right wing and Arshavin on the left.
The game got off to a perfect start with a diagonal forward pass from Arshavin drifting past Chamakh to let Nasri run on goal and slot in for his 14th goal of the season, something that subsequently silenced the loud Leeds fans for a few minutes.
Shortly after it was almost 2-0 as Chamakh lept in the box to try and head in a free kick from the right hand side, a brilliant reaction save by Kasper Schmeichel kept Leeds in the game.
The attacks kept coming us Leeds just couldn't retain possession, Sagna made a run down the right hand wing and cut into the box, with little support he let rip with a shot from the edge of the box that fired into the back of the net, his second goal of the season and he won't forget that shortly!
Two minutes later Johnson of Leeds found the ball at his feet outside the Arsenal penalty area and choose to take a shot on goal, the ball sailed into the top right hand corner leaving Szczesny with absolutely no chance and Leeds were back in it, the goal was that good in will be in the running for goal of the competition! One of those one in a life times moments!
Mid way through the second half saw the introduction of Robin Van Persie and Fabregas to try and ensure the victory, five minutes later a beautiful cross from the right hand side enabled Van Persie to head home and secure the win.
All in all a very good performance from a mixed squad showing that we do have the quality in the team to be able to rotate and still produce sublime performances, it was never going to be an easy trip to Leeds but the team passed it with flying colours and we are now into the next round with a home tie against League one Huddersfield Town.
Written by Dan
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