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.
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