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England - FA Cup
January 9, 2012
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 59615
T. Henry 78'
90' + 3'
FULL TIME! Thierry Henry puts Arsenal through to the 4th round of the FA Cup after his masterful finish around the keeper from the left side of the box. Arsenal were not at their fluid best but the Frenchman's class ensured this did not matter.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Andrey Arshavin
Forssell forces Szczesny to dive to his right to save his powerful shot, after he controls a pass from Townsend and swivels neatly on the right side of the box before firing.
Arshavin looks to reach Henry with a long ball but Lees heads clear. Ramsey tees up a shot which flies over the bar.
Arshavin races away down the left flank, cutting back neatly to Miquel on the edge of the box, but the defender cannot get a second goal.
White floats a cross into the box but Townsend cannot get on the end of it.
Arshavin blasts the ball wide of the near post after Song manages to work the ball to him on the left hand side of the box.
Ramón Fernando Núñez Reyes
Nunez, who had seen little of the ball, is replaced by experienced Finnish international Mikael Forssell.
Clayton curls a good early cross in and McCormack's header is caught by Szczesny.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere celebrates on Twitter: "Typical Henry! I'm buzzing!"
Goal Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry scores for Arsenal! Having been put through by Song running in behind right back Thompson, the club legend expertly curls the ball around Lonergan and into the corner.
Szczesny dashes back to goal to collect Nunez shot having come out to clear the ball a second earlier.
Ross McCormack appears in place of Luciano Becchio, who has hit one shot over the bar but has been unable to threaten much having received little support.
Aidy White heads Arshavin's looking ball away for a corner, which keads quickly to another corner as O'Dea heads away a high cross.
Henry's first touch of the ball sees him run at the Leeds defence, laying off the ball to Arteta gives the ball away after his appeals for a foul are denied.
Arteta's freekick is caught by keeper Lonergan.
Wayne Veysey live at the Emirates: "It rarely gets uber-noisy here but Henry has just been given an almighty reception as he was introduced in a double substitution with Theo Walcott, the player who took his No14 shirt. Cheers of 'Thierry Henry, Thierry Henry' were accompanied by cacaphonous cheers and a standing ovation."
Here come the cavalry! Thierry Henry makes his second debut along with Theo Walcott, appearing in place of Chamakh and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Oxlade-Chamberlain fires wide to the right of the goal after Chamakh cushions a clever Arshavin pass into his path.
Yellow Card Andros Townsend
Townsend dashes breaks down the right hand side and is unlucky not to win a corner after Miquel slides the ball out. He angrily kicks the ball away to receive a yellow card for dissent.
Lonergan parries Oxlade-Chamberlain's powerful shot.
The tiring Mika Vayrynen is replaced by Michael Brown, an FA Cup winner with Portsmouth in 2008.
Oxlade-Chamberlain runs down the right hand side of the box and his cross is headed clear.
Aaron Ramsey floats a ball into the box which Chamakh cushions. The ball breaks to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aidy White gets an important block on his powerful shot.
Arshavin is released down the left hand side of the box, but his shot from a tight angle runs across goal and away from danger.
Oxlade-Chamberlain powers down the left flank and passes back across goal to Chamakh, who lays the ball off to Arteta who sidefoots a shot which is saved by Lonergan at full stretch to his left.
Oxlade-Chamberlain hits a good ball across the pitch to Arshavin, who wastes the opportunity by volleying over the bar from inside the box.
Arshavin is released down the left and works space for the shot. Lees swiftly comes across to help Thompson. The ball breaks for Clayton who breaks well down midfield and releases Ramon Nunez down the right, and his cross is put out by Yennaris for a Leeds corner.
Arshavin flicks the ball through the defence for Chamakh, which is cleared by centre back Tom Lees after a moment of hesitation from keeper Andy Longeran. The keeper goes on to punch away the corner.
Oxlade-Chamberlain cuts in from the right and hits a shot wide to the keeper's left.
Leeds get the second half underway!
Wayne Veysey live at the Emirates: "Applause from the relentlessly cheerful Leeds' fans and pretty much silence from their unimpressed counterparts as a first half that petered out after a bright start draws to a close. Little to report for Arsenal, other than another understudy full-back has succumbed to the club's injury curse, when Coquelin limped off after half-an-hour with what looked like a hamstring injury. It is all set up, isn't it, for the 'King Henry saves Arsenal' headlines."
Half time at the Emirates and it is 0-0 as the sides are deadlocked. Leeds have played conservatively, and although Arsenal have had the better of the first half they have created little. The mood is reflected in the stands as injured midfielder Jack Wilshere is seen yawning in the sidelines.
Chamakh tees up Ramsey for a fierce drive which is blocked for a corner. Koscielny meets Arteta's outswinger but the ball flies over.
Yellow Card Darren O'Dea
Centre back Darren O'Dea rushes across to cover left back White and gives a free kick away by the corner flag, gaining a yellow card in the process, as Chamakh anticipates the challenge and knocks the ball past him.
Wayne Veysey live at the Emirates: "Stuart Pearce is among the glitteratti in the crowd this evening which gives Beckham the perfect opportunity to grab him afterwards, pat the GB Olympic manager on the back and make his case to captain the team this summer."
Vayrynen fouls Arteta in midfield, and the midfielder wins a corner as the freekick deflects off the wall. Squillaci rises highest to meet the corner but he cannot keep the header down.
Leeds have improved after a timid start, while Arsenal are committing few men forward in attack and have created few clear chances.
Leeds retain the ball for their longest spell in possession yet, working the ball up the pitch for a cross which is blocked.
18-year-old Nico Yennaris comes on at right back for Coquelin, making only his second competitive game for the Gunners.
Leeds controversially play on as Francis Coquelin goes down clutching what looks like his hamstring, but Squillaci heads the cross away from danger.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is harshly ruled to have fouled left back Aidy White as he attempts to dash past the youngster down the right hand side.
Arshavin tries to get round the outside of the young Zac Thompson at right back, who puts the ball out for a corner, which midfielder Adam Clayton heads clear.
Arshavin has enjoyed a lively start. He again gets past the Leeds defence down the right of the away side's box, cutting the ball back across goal where it is cushion into Ramsey whose shot is blocked.
Wayne Veysey Live at the Emirates: "The Leeds fans are making a right racked here as they take full advantage of the larger ticket allocation allowed for away teams in the FA Cup. Considering the journey and Monday night scheduling, it s a fabulous turnout, which almost makes a mockery of the possible 'giantkilling' that we could witness tonight."
Arshavin dazzles the Leeds defence with a run cutting in from the left and puts Ramsey through, but the Welshman was harshly ruled to have put the ball out of play.
Aaron Ramsey ignores the option to his left and instead fires a shot with his left foot which flies outside the upright to the keeper's right. Closest shot yet for the Gunners.
Andros Townsend jinks past Alex Song near the left by-line but cannot line up his cross accurately.
Mikel Arteta fires a free kick from the right side of the pitch to the back post, and Squillaci rises high to head just wide to the keeper's right.
Aaron Ramsey dances on the edge ofr the Leeds box but is tackled by Mika Vayrynen.
Wayne Veysey live at the Emirates: "It is like an MLS reunion here tonight, with comeback kid Thierry Henry sat on the sub's bench resplendent in Arsenal regalia and his friend David Beckham watching in the stands with his three sons. Hugh cheers greeted Henry's name when the teams were announced a few minutes before kick-off on an evening when he is likely to get a few standing ovations, inevitably starting when he begins warming up."
Arshavin tries to put Chamakh through on goal but the pass is intercepted for a throw in. The home side have dominated possession in the early exchanges and looked like they could break through the away defence.
Sebastien Squillaci gives the ball away to Townsend but the winger cannot take advantage.
Marouane Chamakh tees up Arshavin for the shot just outside the box, but the Russian fires over above the right of the goal.
Andros Townsend attempts to run past Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain down the left , and wins a free kick on the half way line.
Andrei Arshavin makes space for the shot on the left edge of the box, but it is blocked. He makes a similar attempt seconds later but it sails over.
Arsenal get the match underway!
Last year's tie saw Leeds close to completing an upset at the Emirates stadium, when Robert Snodgrass, absent tonight through injury, scored a 55th minute penalty to put the away side in front. An injury time penalty from Cesc Fabregas equalised for Arsenal, before the Gunners won the replay 3-1.
Leeds: Lonergan; Thompson, Lees, O'Dea, White; Townsend, Vayrynen, Clayton, Pugh; Nunez, Becchio. Substitutes: Taylor, Bruce, Parker, Brown, Sam, Forssell, McCormack.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Coquelin, Koscielny, Squillaci, Miquel; Arteta, Song, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Arshavin. Substitutes: Martinez, Walcott, Benayoun, Yennaris, Park, Henry, Miyaichi.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of Arsenal vs Leeds in the FA Cup. The 3rd round tie is a repeat of last year’s, in which Leeds were ahead until Arsenal equalised with a last minute penalty. Leeds will be hoping to replicate last year’s showing, while Arsenal will hope this match is more memorable as club legend Thierry Henry’s first match in his second spell with the Gunners.
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