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FA Cup

  • 20 February 2011
  • • 22:00
  • • Matchroom Stadium, London
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 9136

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    FULL TIME! Tehoue's late equaliser seals a famous Leyton Orient draw. The Gunners looked ragged throughout and were nowhere near the vintage best that we saw midweek. Russell Slade's gameplan seemed to work perfectly though - stifle the Premiership team and try to snatch a goal the other end. Top stuff from the League One side.
  • 90' + 3'
    Chorley and Forbes snuff out any Arsenal danger, as the visitors desperately try to redeem themselves. A replay will be the last thing they want. With a minute left, Arshavin goes down easily on the edge of the box as it looks unlikely they can salvage this.
  • 90'
    Arsenal look shellshocked as Orient flip reverse it and now look to keep the ball themselves, wearing down the clock. 4 minutes added time, can either team snatch a late win here?
  • 89'
    Goal J.Kahne Tehoue
  • 86'
    SO CLOSE! Arshavin bustles through on goal - showing pace that I never knew he had. He lets rip from the far right side of the box and clips the post, with Jones well beaten.
  • 85'
    Orient starting to go for broke now, but Arsenal are too experienced a side to be rattled. Possession, possession, possession from the visitors. Orient's tiredness beginning to show.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionAlex Revell P. M'Poku
  • 82'
    Whing absolutely smashes through Chamahk but Jones easily claims Arshavin's overhit delivery from out wide from the resulting free kick. Orient break with devastating pace and as Tehoue cuts the ball back to Revell, his slammed shot is blocked by Squillaci. Desperate calls of handball from the crowd, but replays show that the ball hits the Frenchman squarely in the face. Painful.
  • 81'
    Yellow Card Andrew Whing
  • 78'
    9,136 packed into Brisbane Road today. They have hardly been treated to vintage stuff though. Tehoue breaks through on goal, only to be correctly adjudged as at least 5 yards offside. Arsenal very content to slow the game down and stunt Orient's chances at getting something from this game.
  • 75'
    Keep ball from Arsenal. Probing, then coming out, only to probe and come out again. When they finally attempt an effort, Arshavin attempts to curl one from range yet gets it all wrong. It's gone flat, Orient need to find some extra reserve from somewhere.
  • 72'
    They know that a goal needs to come soon and the home side are being egged on by the crowd. Tehoue has added another, all-together more athletic dimension to the O's front-line but they are still finding it difficult to breach the Arsenal back four.
  • 69'
    Orient send out a reminder that they are still in this game. A swift counter sees the ball break to Revell who, from the edge of the box, tries to sweep one into the far corner. Almunia is caught unaware but the ball bounces wide.
  • 68'
    Oof. Arsenal nearly put the game out of Orient's reach. Arshavin wriggles into some space in the box and Jones ends up making a great double save from goalscorer Rosicky. Firstly the shot is blocked, then his diving header on the rebound is clutched by Jones.
  • 67'
    Hardly vintage stuff from either team. Orient are struggling to get into the game, whilst Arsenal are getting the job done - nothing more nothing less.
  • 65'
    Arsenal spraying the ball around with consumate ease - not looking too bothered about forcing efforts on goal. Indeed, when they do, Song's sloppy pass concedes a goal kick to Orient, who return the favour, with Jones slicing the ball out for an Arsenal throw-in. Not the best.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionScott McGleish J.Kahne Tehoue
  • 62'
    Orient bring on Tehoue for veteran McGleish as O's manager Slade looks to bring some fresh attacking impetus. Whether or not this will change the long ball tactics of the hosts remains to be seen.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Denilson
  • 60'
    Denilson brings down Dawson rather cynically when the captain is bursting beyond the languid midfielder - earning himself a booking. The ball in piled into the Arsenal box and is easily cleared - route one stuff from the League One side.
  • 58'
    Miquel puts the ball out for a corner after sustained Orient pressure. Daniels looks to inswing it with his left foot, yet his delivery is too deep and Arsenal quickly counter. Song's casual pass lets his side down and the attack comes to nothing.
  • 55'
    Refusing to be put out, Orient have started to push forward a little more so than they have during the rest of the game. Daniels' burst down the left sees him chip in a cross, yet Revell can only guide his header into the welcoming arms of Almunia.
  • 53'
    Goal Tomas Rosicky
  • 52'
    GOAL! Finally. Sagna tries one from range and it drops to Bendtner in the box. His first effort is blocked, yet he works his way to the right-hand side of the box and teases one back into the box. The onrushing Rosicky stoops to nod an excellent header beyond Jones' reach from a considerable distance out.
  • 49'
    Barry Hearn has wrapped himself up as evening sets in. A very cheeky hat - a baseball cap with earmitts - has probably been the biggest talking point here all game.
  • 48'
    And we're very much back into the established pattern of play at Brisbane Road. Arsenal settle back into heavy possession, yet entry into the Orient box is strictly blocked off. A long spell in and around the box ends in Bendtner being crowded out.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJason Crowe Thomas Carroll
  • 45' + 1'
    The ref blows for half-time. It's not often you can accuse Arsenal of lacking innovation, yet they haven't looked anything like their best going forward. Orient will go in happy - they have frustrated the visitors and you never know, could snatch something second half.
  • 44'
    A teasing ball lofted into the box by Gibbs invites a header, but no-one is at hand to meet it. Orient clear and Arsenal enjoy a touch of possession before Gibbs' sloppy touch ends the attack.
  • 42'
    Oh for something more than a half-chance. Or at least some craft in and around the box. Arsenal struggling to break down the hosts - who are certainly putting the graft in.
  • 39'
    Slightly better from Arsenal. Bendtner's tidy footwork and slipped pass finds Arshavin in some space on the edge of the box. The finish was high and wide - but a slight improvement on before.
  • 37'
    Orient force a corner and you get the feeling that set-pieces are the East Londoner's best hope at a clear cut chance on goal. Maybe not though, seeing as no-one really attacked the decent delivery with any conviction.
  • 35'
    Not to be outdone, Bendtner shanks one well wide after a Chamahk knockdown. It's pretty dire stuff from the Arsenal frontline so far.
  • 34'
    A long period of Arsenal possession sees Gibbs fizz the ball across the box. Chamahk connects, but his disinterest was evident as the ball drags wide. Another half-yard of desire in the box and he would have been in a position to rifle that home.
  • 31'
    Orient finally escape their own half, yet captain Dawson is unable to beat Sagna for pace and appears to foul the fullback, but wins a corner in the process. Forbes gets his head to it, but barely, and the ball skims out for a goalkick.
  • 29'
    Bendtner fails to connect properly with a drive from the edge of the area and gets a gigantic 'weeeeeey' from the excitable home crowd.
  • 28'
    Whing brings down Rosicky on the left hand side of the area when he would have been better served to shepherd the winger further away from goal. A poor delivery is easily dealt with by the hosts as Cox is fouled trying to hoof the ball clear.
  • 25'
    Orient are certainly not overawed by their opponents and seem to have adopted the Big Sam approach to playing Arsenal. A robust challenge on Alex Song leaves the vividly-hairstyled midfielder sprawled on the floor, but nothing comes of the free kick after yet another poor attacking pass from the Gunners.
  • 22'
    Some uncharacteristically sloppy passing from Arsenal means that they haven't really made the most of their domination of possession. Orient seem happy to try and hit on the counter, with front men Revell and McGleish not really getting a sniff at the minute.
  • 20'
    Some patient Arsenal build up sees Bendtner again cut in from the right, but, yet again, the end product is not there. Arshavin hits one from the edge of the box after picking up the ball and despite Jones spilling it, no-one is on hand to capitalise on the error.
  • 18'
    Arsenal beginning to develop a strangehold on the game as Rosicky tries one from range that is deflected behind. Nothing comes from the resulting corner though.
  • 16'
    Bendtner cuts in from the right side but looks distinctly out of ideas as he runs into a dead-end. The Dane will need to show a lot more imagination than that.
  • 14'
    Orient continue to knock the ball around in Arsenal's half, without creating anything clear-cut. it's been anything but comfortable for the Premiership boys thus far.
  • 9'
    Chamakh forces an easy save from Jones when it would have been much easier to find the left-corner of the net. Orient counter rapidly and Daniels attempts one from range, the ball just fizzing over the bar.
  • 4'
    Arsenal settle into a decent early pace though Orient have looked to threaten on the counter - looks like the pattern of the game has settled early on as Dean Cox lashes on over for 30 yards.
  • 1'
    The seemingly omnipresent Barry Hearn looks on as Arsenal get the game underway.
  • The teams have stepped out at a packed Brisbane Road. Can the East London hosts upset the applecart and inflict this season’s first tournament exit on Arsene Wenger’s men?
  • It's been very disappointing on the upset front in this weekend's FA Cup ties. Manchester United saw off Crawley yesterday, while Manchester City just delivered a 5-0 spanking to Notts County. Will proceedings at the Matchroom Stadium follow suit?
  • Arsene Wenger has chosen to rest some of the key protagonists from the midweek exploits against Barca - however Bendtner, Chamakh and Arshavin still have a point to prove to their manager. Also, in comes 18-year old Ignasi Miquel - dubbed the new Gerard Pique.
  • The O's set up in their typical 442 shape. Chelsea youth product Jimmy Smith has been in the goals recently from midfield, with threats also provided from 11-goal top scorer Alex Revell and diminuative playmaker Dean Cox.
  • Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna, Squillaci, Miquel, Gibbs; Rosicky, Song, Denilson, Bendtner, Chamakh, Arshavin. Subs: Szczesny, Fabregas, Nasri, Wilshere, Koscielny, Eboue, Clichy.
  • Leyton Orient: Jones; Whing, Chorley, Forbes, Daniels; Smith, Dawson, Crowe, Cox; McGleish, Revell. Subs: Buthcher, Cestor, Carroll, Kane, Mpoku, Tehoue, Omozusi.
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