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FA Cup

  • March 2, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 59361

FA Cup Preview: Arsenal - Leyton Orient

FA Cup Preview: Arsenal - Leyton Orient

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Gibbs; Eboue, Denilson, Diaby; Bendtner, Chamakh, Rosicky.

Leyton Orient: Jones; Whing, Chorley, Forbes, Daniels; Smith, Cox, Kane, Carroll; Revell, Tehoue.


  • Arsene Wenger has never lost to lower league opposition in the FA Cup during his time in north London.
  • The match with Leyton Orient will be Arsenal's sixth game in 19 days.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in 13 matches at home. Their last defeat at the Emirates came against Tottenham back in November.
  • For the third time in three rounds Arsenal will be taking on lower league opposition. They overcame Championship side Leeds in the third round after a replay and League One outfit Huddersfield in round four.
  • Marouane Chamakh has failed to find the net in his last 14 appearances for Arsenal, whereas at the start of the season he scored 11 goals in his first 22 matches for the club.
  • Leyton Orient are unbeaten in 13 games in 2011.
  • Leyton Orient have never won away at Arsenal. They have travelled to north London on four occasions and their best result is a 2-2 draw way back in the 1913-14 season.
  • Leyton Orient are unbeaten on the road in six matches.
  • By getting a draw with Arsenal and earning a replay, the Leyton Orient players earned themselves a visit to Las Vegas after club chairman Barry Hearn promised them the trip if they avoided defeat.
  • In five FA Cup ties between the two sides Arsenal have won four times. There has been one draw - the 1-1 between the two sides last month.


February 20, 2011: Leyton Orient 1-1 Arsenal

On a magical evening in the FA Cup, Leyton Orient earned themselves a lucrative replay at the Emirates after substitute Jonathan Tehoue's dramatic last minute strike cancelled out Tomas Rosicky's opener. The result sparked jubilant scenes at Brisbane Road and restored faith in English football's oldest cup competition.

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England - FA Cup ‎(FA)‎ Feb 20, 2011 Leyton Orient 1 - Arsenal 1
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Manuel AlmuniaGoalkeeper
27Emmanuel EboueDefender
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
44Conor HendersonMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
1Jamie JonesGoalkeeper
3Andrew WhingDefender
4Ben ChorleyDefender
6Terrell ForbesDefender
13Charlie DanielsMidfielder
20Jason CroweDefender
-Stephen DawsonMidfielder
46Thomas CarrollMidfielder
7Dean CoxMidfielder
11Alex RevellStriker
9Scott McGleishStriker
12Lee ButcherGoalkeeper
21Elliot OmozusiDefender
19Mike CestorDefender
-Adam ChambersMidfielder
25Matthew SpringMidfielder
40P. M'PokuMidfielder
-J.Kahne TehoueStriker
Players to Watch
Marouane Chamakh
Marouane Chamakh
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
Marouane Chamakh seems a world away from the form he started the season in. He scored 11 goals for the club during the first half of the season and provided them with a different option in attack, but in his last 14 appearances he has failed to find the net. Against Orient he should get a full 90 minutes and against League One opposition he could re-find his goalscoring touch.
J.Kahne Tehoue
J.Kahne Tehoue
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Arsenal will know all about Jonathan Tehoue's ability after he ran them ragged in the final stages of the first tie. He came onto the field with 25 minutes remaining and his pace caused the Arsenal defence all kinds of problems. Russell Slade will be hoping his frontman can trouble the Gunners from the start and produce more goals at the Emirates.
It remains to be seen how Arsene Wenger's side will react from their disappointing shock defeat to Birmingham in the League Cup final on Sunday. Could the wheels come flying off for a side who will be low on confidence after a defensive mix-up between Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny gifted Alex McLeish's side the trophy? Or will Arsenal bounce back and make Leyton Orient pay for the disappointment they suffered at Wembley?

One thing is for certain, Russell Slade's Orient will make life difficult for the Gunners and with the north London side struggling with injuries to key players, they may not have the tie all their own way. But at the Emirates the Gunners should have too much quality for their League One opponents and they will be fired up to get their season back on track.

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Editor's Prediction
Leyton 1

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