Monday January 9, 2012 3rd Round Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 1 - 0 Leeds United

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  1. Henry sinks Leeds with fairytale winner

    Henry sinks Leeds with fairytale winner

    Thierry Henry made a fairytale return for Arsenal as he came off the bench to sink Leeds United in a 1-0 FA Cup third round win. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Leeds United
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! Arsenal will face Aston Villa in the fourth round courtesy of Thierry Henry's stunning winner. Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 90+1' We are into three minutes of time added on as Arshavin is booked for a late challenge.
    • 89' Fine stop by Szczesny. Forssell - on for Nunez - thumps the shot at goal, but the Arsenal goalkeeper makes a solid save from inside the home box.
    • 88' Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger demanding maximum concentration as Leeds try to hit on the break.
    • 87' Arsenal so close to winning this match. Leeds trying to drag themselves up the park for one final assault on the home goal.
    • 86' Ramsey fires a shot over the bar from distance. Glorious chance to play the ball in for Henry there, but he went for the glory.
    • 85' Lees with a crunching challenge on Arshavin, who is in need of a bit of treatment. Henry continues to look like he could go on for another 90 minutes tonight.
    • 84' Arshavin picks out Miquel, who has his pocket picked as he was about to pull the trigger from inside the Leeds area.
    • 83' White with the cross from out wide. Overhits the ball, and Arsenal will have the goalkick.
    • 82' Arsenal will face Aston Villa in the next round if they can hold on to this 1-0 lead.
    • 81' Arshavin drills a shot into the side netting from inside the box. More frustration for him.
    • 80' David Beckham can hardly contain his joy as he looks on from the stands. He loved that moment as much as the home crowd.
    • 79' McCormack dives to head at the home goal from Clayton's cross, but straight at Szczesny. Real chance for the equaliser, but not taken.
    • 78' Arsenal still celebrating as Brown thumps a shot from distance straight into the arms of Szczesny. Goal number 227 for Henry for Arsenal.
    • 77' GOAL! Henry scores for Arsenal. Would you believe that! A lovely finish beyond Lonergan from Song's ball. Arsenal lead 1-0.
    • 76' Arsenal now up to a stunning 21 shots shots at goal. Leeds with just two. Arsenal with 10 corner kicks, Leeds with one. 0-0 in the scoreline.
    • 75' Szczesny caught off his line, but makes a mess of a clearance. Nunez can't lift the ball over the Arsenal keeper who dashes back to make the save.
    • 74' McCormack takes over from Becchio for Leeds, who are 15 minutes away from a lucrative replay at Elland Road.
    • 73' Song tries to dink a long ball into Henry's path, but overhits the pass. Goalkick then to the visiting side.
    • 72' O'Dea on hand to nod over his own bar from Walcott's delivery. Wave after wave of Arsenal attack, but Leeds continue to survive.
    • 71' White glances a header behind his own goal to give the home side their latest corner.
    • 70' Clayton brings down Koscielny, and the home side have a free-kick in their own area.
    • 69' Arteta's delivery makes its way into the arms of Lonergan as another home attack brings nothing.
    • 68' Walcott tugged back by Brown, and Arsenal can throw another free-kick into the Leeds box.
    • 67' Henry's first contribution is being caught offside. Home fans going wild for Henry. What will it be like if he scores a goal?
    • 66' Change for Arsenal as Henry replaces Chamakh with Walcott taking over from Chamberlain.
    • 65' Nunez's cross is cut out by the home side. Arsenal race to the other end before Oxlade-Chamberlain thumps a shot wide of the Leeds goal.
    • 64' Change then for the Gunners as THIERRY HENRY prepares to arrive alongside Theo Walcott! Not a bad couple of players to bring on, it must be said.
    • 63' Going to be a booking here for Townsend for whacking the ball away after failing to win the corner.
    • 62' Lonergan makes a fine diving block to repel a ferocious effort by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ramsey goes for the follow-up, but wallops over the bar seconds later.
    • 61' O'Dea giving nothing away as he stops the run of Ramsey on the edge of the area.
    • 60' Ramsey on the dash. Plays the ball out to Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the cross is awful as the cross flies well out of play. Goalkick to Leeds.
    • 59' Michael Brown gets the nod to take over from Vayrynen for the visiting side.
    • 58' SWong is the latest man to have a bash at the Leeds goal, but he prods wide of the target from 25 yards out. Arsenal now with 16 shots at goal to Leeds' one.
    • 57' Arteta's corner goes out of play before ending up in the arms of Lonergan. Leeds have the goalkick.
    • 56' Oxlade-Chamberlain turns in the box. Thumps the shot at goal, but White stands tall to block the ball. The Gunners really coming to life.
    • 55' Lees makes a strong tackle on Arshavin to hoist the ball down the park. This is all one-way traffic.
    • 54' Vayrynen gives the ball away, but Arshavin can't finish as he slips the ball wide of the target with Lonergan grounded.
    • 53' Great stop by Lonergan! Arteta tries to pass the ball beyond the keeper from 12 yards, who dives to his left to make a fine save. Still 0-0 then.
    • 52' Chamakh showing some real willingness to win his side a corner. Miquel heads wide from Arteta's corner before Lonergan claws away Arteta's delivery from the other side.
    • 51' Arsenal break up the park at speed. Chance for Arshavin, but he ends up blasting wide of goal. Arshavin has not lacked effort, but the lack of quality in the finish has been far too obvious.
    • 50' Superb play by Lees to win the ball as Arshavin let fly at goal. Leeds break to the other end to win a corner.
    • 49' Arsenal just can't find the guile needed to break down this Leeds defence, but plenty of time yet.
    • 48' Lonergan out of his goal to punch the ball away from Arteta's corner. Good punch by the Leeds goalkeeper.
    • 47' Thierry Henry is out of the technical area, and is taking the adulation of the home supporters. Surely may seem him soon.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half.
    • 45+1' Arteta's corner is nodded over by Koscielny, and that is the last action of the half. 0-0 at the break after a fairly uninspiring first period.
    • 44' A shot by Ramsey scurries wide of goal. Going to be one minute added to the half.
    • 43' A frustrating time for Arsenal, but the floodgates may well open if Arsenal can grab the opening goal. Difficult to see where Leeds are going to get one with 11 men in their own half.
    • 42' Arteta fails to find a team-mate with the dipping free-kick before Oxlade-Chamberlain runs the ball out of play on the other wing.
    • 41' O'Dea is going to be booked for a late challenge on Chamakh. Can't complain about that booking.
    • 40' Not exactly been a classic cup tie, but Leeds will be happy to get to the break with the score level at 0-0.
    • 39' Arteta's free-kick deflects wide for a corner before Arteta's corner fails to pick out the head of Squillaci.
    • 38' Vayrynen takes out Arteta with a late challenge, and it is the Spanish midfielder who will deliver the free-kick.
    • 37' Arsenal have completed 199 passes compared to 105 by Leeds, but no closer to finding this opening goal yet.
    • 36' Arsenal keeping the ball as they bound forward. Yennaris getting an early touch before Arteta retains possession for the home side.
    • 35' Stuart Pearce sporting a pink shirt and pink tie with David Beckham also taking in the action up in the stands.
    • 34' Varynen wins the ball from Ramsey before Oxlade-Chamberlain overhits a cross as Leeds bring it forward.
    • 33' Henry continues to look on from the side of the pitch. Wonder how long it will be before we see him this evening..
    • 32' Arshavin knocks the ball beyond Thompson, but all too easy for Lees to mop up the danger as Leeds clear.
    • 31' Coquelin departs to be replaced by Yennaris for Arsenal.
    • 30' Arsenal still playing a man down with Leeds finding the extra man to be of benefit as White's cross is cut out for a throw-in to the visiting team.
    • 29' Arsenal keeping the ball as well as they normally do. Meanwhile, Arshavin is the latest home player to be found limping around.
    • 28' Looks like Coquelin is heading out of the action with a hamstring strain. All over as he limps off the park. Nico Yennaris getting stripped on the bench.
    • 27' Oxlade-Chamberlain on a prominent run for Arsenal before he is halted. Meanwhile, Coquelin is down and in need of a spot of treatment.
    • 26' White takes a tumble under pressure from Oxlade-Chamberlain, and the Leeds man is fortunate to be awarded a free-kick just outside his own box.
    • 25' Not the most pinpoint of deliveries by Areta as Leeds deal well with the danger by heading clear.
    • 24' Thompson races back to tackle Arshavin, and the home side have a second corer of the night.
    • 23' Chance for Becchio, but not taken. Loose ball broke to the forward after a driving run and cross by Vayrynen. First chance of the night for Leeds as the shot clears the bar from 10 yards out.
    • 22' Another decent effort at the visiting goal by Arteta. Plenty of power on the shot, but the ball flies inches wide. We remain - somehow - at 0-0.
    • 21' Arsenal piling up the shots on goal as Ramsey sees a shot deflect over the bar. Leeds hanging on for dear life at the moment.
    • 20' Arshavin beats three or four players before Ramsey fails to keep the ball in before crossing. Anyway, Leeds will have the goalkick. Better by Arshavin.
    • 19' Meanwhile, Arshavin is taken out of the game late by Pugh, but there is no free-kick to the Gunners. Strange decision that one.
    • 18' Leeds legend Eddie Gray seems to be doing a spot of punditry work in the stands at the Emirates. Les Ferndinand and Tim Sherwood also up there this evening. Like a Spring night in London.
    • 17' Ramsey goes on a prominent run to the edge of the Leeds box, but his shot just flies over the bar. Worth a crack from that range.
    • 16' The 5,000 or so Leeds supporters doing a fair amount of scarf twirling in the stands. Enjoying their night out in London.
    • 15' Townsend does well against Song, but the cross is not there as the ball ends up in the arms of Szczesny.
    • 14' Superb ball into the area from Arteta, but Squillaci rises to power a header inches wide. So close to the opening goal for the home team.
    • 13' Arsenal with a free-kick from out wide that Arteta will bundle into the box.
    • 12' Vayrynen comes in with a superb tackle to win the ball from Oxlade-Chamberlain as he prepared to pull the trigger. Had to get that tackle spot on.
    • 11' Leeds with 11 men behind the ball as Arsenal try to cut a route through this Leeds rearguard.
    • 10' Arsenal are the second most successful club in FA Cup history, having won the competition 10 times (one fewer than Manchester United), and been runners-up on seven occasions.
    • 9' Arsenal with a massive 63% of possession. The pattern of this match has been well and truly established it seems. Leeds yet to have a shot on goal.
    • 8' Coquelin goes through Townsend with a late tackle. Poor challenge really. Takes the strain off the visiting team.
    • 7' Squillaci gives the ball away, but Townsend ends up running the ball out of play. Poor stuff. The pitch is like a bowling green. Ideal conditions to knock the ball around on.
    • 6' Arsenal have netted at least three goals in four of their last five matches against United (in all competitions). But they will need to get their shooting boots on. Arshavin needs to get his act together.
    • 5' Poor effort by Arshavin as he accepted a pass from Chamakh only to thump a shot well wide of the goal. That is a poor finish really from the edge of the area. Should have tested Lonergan.
    • 4' Decent tackle by O'Dea to win the ball from Chamakh as he danced up the wing. Leeds getting used to being on the back foot in the opening moments of this match.
    • 3' Arshavin does not let that early failure put him off as he thunders another effort well wide of the onion bag. Henry looking on from the bench with his beard. The home side look in the mood.
    • 2' Arshavin wallops a shot off Lees in the opening minutes as Arsenal immediately start on the attack.
    • 1' Arsenal get us off and running in this one.
    • 19.40 Henry looking relaxed in the home technical area. Teams out on the pitch. Almost ready to go. Odds for this one: Arsenal 2/7, Draw 9/2, Leeds 9/1.
    • 19.35 Thierry Henry scored 11 goals in 11 games against Leeds in all competitions, including four in his last appearance against them at Highbury. This will be the 15th meeting between the sides in the FA Cup: so far Arsenal have won six, drawn seven and lost two.
    • 19.30 Arsenal have made it past the third round in each of the last 15 seasons in the FA Cup, a longer run than any other side. The Gunners last lost in the third round in 1996, drawing 1-1 at home to Sheffield United before losing 0-1 at Bramall Lane.
    • 19.25 Simon Grayson (Leeds) on Kisborno's injury: "We know what we need to do. We are going there as underdogs but we will go there to enjoy the occasion and the game but do ourselves justice as well. It is a no-lose situation in terms of the game. We won't be going gung-ho because Arsenal on their day can destroy any team. We will have a game plan and stick to it, pass the ball and hopefully create chances. There is always one shock in the FA Cup third round, why can't it be Leeds beating Arsenal?"
    • 19.20 Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): "You cannot take away from people what they have done, and what (Thierry Henry) has delivered will stay forever. It can just make the statue a bit bigger. Let us hope he will do that. Thierry is a world-class player and even at this club a player of that dimension is always very difficult to find, especially at this period of the season. He can just add something more to the team. Who would turn down a player of his quality?"
    • 19.15 LEEDS UNITED NEWS: Leeds were rocked ahead of the trip with news Paddy Kisnorbo will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The defender suffered the problem in the 2-1 win over Burnley and scans have shown ligament damage which will require surgery and sideline him for at least six months. Fellow defender Alex Bruce is struggling with a hamstring tear and misses out.
    • 19.10 ARSENAL NEWS: Thierry Henry goes straight into Arsenal's squad with Leeds after signing on loan from New York Red Bulls, with captain Robin van Persie rested. Ivory Coast forward Gervinho is absent at the start of international duty ahead of the African Nations Cup, but Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh starts before his delayed departure. Defender Johan Djourou is suspended after his red card at Fulham.
    • 19.05 Teams: Arsenal: Szczesny, Coquelin, Koscielny, Squillaci, Miquel, Song, Arteta (c), Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Chamakh..subs: Martinez, Yennaris, Benayoun, Ryo, Walcott, Park, Henry////Leeds United: Lonergan, Thompson, Lees, O'Dea, White, Townsend, Clayton, Vayrynen, Pugh, Nunez, Becchio..subs: Taylor, Bruce, Brown, Sam, Forssell, Parker, McCormack///Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Arsenal against Leeds United in the FA Cup third round at the Emirates Stadium. A 7.45pm kick-off in this one.
  • Summary

    • 89' Fine stop by Szczesny. Forssell - on for Nunez - thumps the shot at goal, but the Arsenal goalkeeper makes a solid save from inside the home box.
    • 79' McCormack dives to head at the home goal from Clayton's cross, but straight at Szczesny. Real chance for the equaliser, but not taken.
    • 77' GOAL! Henry scores for Arsenal. Would you believe that! A lovely finish beyond Lonergan from Song's ball. Arsenal lead 1-0.
    • 62' Lonergan makes a fine diving block to repel a ferocious effort by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ramsey goes for the follow-up, but wallops over the bar seconds later.
    • 56' Oxlade-Chamberlain turns in the box. Thumps the shot at goal, but White stands tall to block the ball. The Gunners really coming to life.
    • 53' Great stop by Lonergan! Arteta tries to pass the ball beyond the keeper from 12 yards, who dives to his left to make a fine save. Still 0-0 then.
    • 23' Chance for Becchio, but not taken. Loose ball broke to the forward after a driving run and cross by Vayrynen. First chance of the night for Leeds as the shot clears the bar from 10 yards out.
    • 22' Another decent effort at the visiting goal by Arteta. Plenty of power on the shot, but the ball flies inches wide. We remain - somehow - at 0-0.
    • 21' Arsenal piling up the shots on goal as Ramsey sees a shot deflect over the bar. Leeds hanging on for dear life at the moment.
    • 17' Ramsey goes on a prominent run to the edge of the Leeds box, but his shot just flies over the bar. Worth a crack from that range.
    • 14' Superb ball into the area from Arteta, but Squillaci rises to power a header inches wide. So close to the opening goal for the home team.
    • 5' Poor effort by Arshavin as he accepted a pass from Chamakh only to thump a shot well wide of the goal. That is a poor finish really from the edge of the area. Should have tested Lonergan.
    • 19.05 Teams: Arsenal: Szczesny, Coquelin, Koscielny, Squillaci, Miquel, Song, Arteta (c), Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Chamakh..subs: Martinez, Yennaris, Benayoun, Ryo, Walcott, Park, Henry////Leeds United: Lonergan, Thompson, Lees, O'Dea, White, Townsend, Clayton, Vayrynen, Pugh, Nunez, Becchio..subs: Taylor, Bruce, Brown, Sam, Forssell, Parker, McCormack///Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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      Substitution Out68′ 6.2 -
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