Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Leeds 1 - Arsenal 3

Arsenal overcame a game Leeds side to earn a birth in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Nasri's opened the scoring within five minutes after some quick passing by the Gunners easily (too easily) opened up Leeds' defense. Arsenal scored again in the middle of the first half on a fine shot by defender Bacary Sagna. The best goal of the half, however, was Leeds consolation goal late in the half, when defender Bradley Johnson hit the shot of his life from 30 yards out. As the announcers said, even if all three Arsenal keepers had been playing that shot still would have found its way into the top right corner of the net.

Arsenal sealed the victory in the last quarter of the match, when Nicklas Bendtner, who played reasonably well all evening on the right wing, hit a perfect cross that Robin van Persie headed back across Leeds keeper Schmeichel and into the right side of the net. All the Arsenal players deserve plaudits for working hard throughout the match against a dogged, if out-gunned, Leeds side. Arshavin continue his almost season-long run of poor play, but at least viewers could tell he was making an effort. On the other hand, Denilson had a better match playing in front of the back four.

Arsenal's play next on Saturday in a Premier League match at home to Wigan.

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