FA CUP 3RD ROUND REPLAY: Clinical Arsenal make no mistake at Leeds

Arsenal are still fighting on four fronts after a 3-1 defeat of Leeds at Elland Road to progress into the 4th round of the FA Cup.
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Arsenal are still fighting on four fronts after a 3-1 defeat of Leeds at Elland Road to progress into the 4th round of the FA Cup.

Leeds pushed Arsenal all the way but their Premiership opponents always held the edge and ran out comfortable winners.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has never experienced a third round defeat during his Arsenal managerial career and this record looked safe from the 5th minute when Samir Nasri ended a fine move by opening the scoring.

Bacary Sagna seemed to have made the game safe with a second just ten minutes before the break.

But Leeds hit back within two minutes as Bradley Johnson hits a 30 yard screamer into the top corner.

Any Leeds fightback never materialised with keeper Kasper Schmeichel keeping the host’s in the game.

Davide Somma had a glimpse of a chance to bring the English Championship side level, but that was as near as they got.

Substitute Robin van Persie ended any late jitters by heading a superb third which sees Arsenal entertain League One side Huddersfield in the fourth round.

For Leeds, they gave it their best shot, but now it’s back to the real business of pushing for promotion to the top flight.

Referee: Mike Dean

Venue: Elland Road
Attendance: 38,232

Leeds scorers: Johnson 37
Arsenal scorers: 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
53 Szczesny
03 Sagna
06 Koscielny
20 Djourou
28 Gibbs
08 Nasri (Clichy 83)
15 Denilson
17 A Song
23 Arshavin (Van Persie 71)
29 Chamakh (Fabregas 71)
52 Bendtner

Substitutes
55 Shea,
22 Clichy,
27 Eboue,
04 Fabregas,
14 Walcott,
19 Wilshere,
10 Van Persie

 
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