Arsenal 5-0 Leyton Orient: Bendtner nets hat-trick as Gunners progress to last eight at second attempt

Chamakh and Clichy also score in FA Cup victory

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A hat-trick from Nicklas Bendtner helped secure Arsenal’s comfortable progression into the last 16 of the FA Cup over Leyton Orient at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger's side have another opportunity to benchmark their progress as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the quarter-final stage of the competition.

The ease in which Arsenal coasted past their League One opposition will be of comfort for Wenger after their Carling Cup defeat on Sunday. Another source of encouragement will be nature of Bendtner's goals - all of which were well taken - and Marouane Chamakh, who also found the net in the opening half.

Arsenal came in to the game having made 10 changes to the side that capitulated against Alex McLeish's charges at the weekend. With Wenger’s need to keep his top stars fit for the Premier League and Champions League campaigns, the Frenchman had limited depth after sending 18 members of his squad out on loan. Bendtner, Denilson and debutant Conor Henderson were all given substantial playing time.

It was the hosts who had the better of the game in the opening minutes which culminated in Chamakh putting Arsenal into the lead after just seven minutes of play. The Moroccan received the ball from a low cross in from the right by Tomas Rosicky and just outside of Orient’s six-yard box, he coolly placed his shot low and to the left of goalkeeper Jamie Jones.

Just five minutes later, Orient nearly levelled when Charlie Daniels worked his way out wide on the left and with a magnificent effort under pressure cut a cross low and hard into the near post to the awaiting Alex Revell, but the winger screwed his effort wide.

On the half hour mark, Arsenal succeeded in breaking through again after an extended spell of possession. Gibbs floated a ball into the heart of the Orient penalty area which was met by Bendtner. The Dane met the deft cross with his head and looped it superbly over a sprawling Jones.

Any hope Orient had of a comeback was all but extinguished when Bendtner added his second, and Arsenal's third, 13 minutes later. The striker took advantage of a generous amount of space on the edge of the box and showed excellent composure to curl his effort low into the corner.

Three and easy | Bendtner celebrates his third against Leyton Orient

Orient had a spell five minutes into the second half where they showed some real attacking intent. Three times breaking down the left flank and twice delivering crosses into dangerous areas, which reinvigorated the travelling fans – whose songs could be heard echoing through a sparse Emirates Stadium.

With half an hour remaining, Gibbs was brought down by Revell in the Orient area after a mazy run from wide on the left. Bendtner stepped up to take and secured himself the match ball with his well-struck penalty.

Gael Clichy replaced Abou Diaby just after the hour mark and the left-back made it five for Arsenal after a cross from Eboue found its way through a packed Orient box and fell to the feet of the Frenchman, whose effort left Jones helpless.
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