FA CUP 5TH ROUND REPLAY: Bendtner hat-trick eases Arsenal into quarter finals

Arsenal shrugged off their disappointing Carling Cup final defeat with a routine 5-0 success over Leyton Orient at the Emirates Stadium to set up a visit to Manchester United in the sixth round.

Arsenal are 53 places higher than Leyton Orient in the league standings and the scoreline simply reflected this difference in class.

Orient were the last League One side left in the competition and they did not disgrace themselves despite the heavy defeat. The visitor’s had pledged to attack but in taking on the Gunners at their own passing game there was only going to be one winner.

Arsenal raced into a three goal lead by the break with Bendtner completing his hat-trick in the second half.

Any thoughts of an Orient shock were quickly dispelled as Arsenal took an early lead through Marouane Chamakh with an easy finish for his first goal since November.

Nicklas Bendtner got his first on the half-hour, heading home a Kieran Gibbs cross, then the game was effectively over as a spectacle with a third just before the break.

Bendtner took advantage of some sloppy Orient defending to curl home a delightful shot and leave the visitor’s looking demoralised.

The Danish international earned himself the match ball when he converted from the penalty spot after Gibbs had been felled.

With the Gunners playing well within themselves and Orient looking shattered a fifth goal arrived 15 minutes from time courtesy of Gael Clichy and comprehensively ended the visitor’s 13 game unbeaten run in cup and league games.

Referee: Lee Mason

Venue: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 59,361

Arsenal scorers: Chamakh 7, Bendtner 30, 43, 62 (pen), Clichy 75
Orient scorers:

01 Almunia
18 Squillaci
27 Eboue
28 Gibbs
48 Miquel
02 Diaby (Clichy 66 (yellow card)
07 Rosicky (Nasri 62)
15 Denilson
44 Henderson
29 Chamakh
52 Bendtner (Wilshere 66)

53 Szczesny,
03 Sagna,
20 Djourou,
22 Clichy,
08 Nasri,
19 Wilshere,
23 Arshavin

01 Jones
03 Whing
04 Chorley (yellow card)
06 Forbes
17 Crowe (Spring 65)
07 Cox (yellow card)
08 Dawson
13 Daniels
25 Carroll
09 McGleish (Tehoue 65)
11 Revell (M'Poku 79)

12 Butcher,
02 Omozusi,
19 Mike,
10 Chambers,
16 Spring,
27 M'Poku,
18 Tehoue

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