Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Arsenal 5 - Leyton Orient 0

The Gunners strolled into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Manchester United, by defeating Leyton Orient at home 5-0. The Gunners, whose line-up featured a couple of youngsters - Conor Henderson (in midfield) and Miguel (in defense) - threatened from the opening whistle to the closing whistle. Nicklas Bendtner scored a hat-trick, and Maraoune Chamakh and Gail Clichy also tallied. It was just the game Arsenal needed to at least start recovering from the terribly dispiriting collapse in the Carling Cup final last Sunday. They can take another big step on Saturday, when they host Sunderland. A win would move the Gunners to within one point of  Premier League front-runners Manchester United, who lost to Chelsea yesterday. With van Persie, Walcott, and Fabregas all out injured, other players are going to have to step up big. In that context, it's worth noting that Tomas Rosicky and Abu Diaby both played well in today's match, albeit against weaker opposition.

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