English FA Cup

February 20, 2011


Leyton Orient

1 - 1


English FA Cup

16:30 +00:00, February 20, 2011

Matchroom Stadium, England

Referee: K Friend

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    The stadium remains packed as Orient's celebrations look to have just started.

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    Brisbane Road erupts at full time as Orient celebrate a brilliant draw. Orient were poor on the day and created very few attacks, but they defended like their lives depended on it and made Arsenal pay for those missed chances.

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    That's it! Arsenal have been held to a 1-1 draw by Leyton Orient. Who would have thought it?

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    They had to clear that one...

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    Sagna burst forward and puts a teasing cross into the box towards the waiting Bendtner and Chamakh, but Orient clear the ball.

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    Two more minutes of injury time...

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    Orient moments away from a memorable draw with Arsenal...

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    Arshavin hits a half-hearted effort towards goal but a deflection off Smith takes the sting off the shot.

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    Stuff of dreams for Orient! Jonathan Tehoue is the hero for Orient as he bursts in between Miquel and Gibbs and into the box before hitting a master blaster under the body of Almunia. Almunia could have done better there but Tehoue put everything behind that.

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    GOAL Leyton Orient 1-1 Arsenal

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    That would have been a tremendous solo effort by Arshavin, who has been sprightly today.

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    Brilliant effort by Arshavin! He motors down the right wing in what was practically a one-man counter attack. With very little support he went for goal from what looked like an impossible angle, and sent his effort inches wide of the far post.

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    You have to say, that's great defending by Squillaci.

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    Great chance for Orient as the substitute Tehoue fires a low ball from the right into Revell, whose shot looked to be heading in before it smacked Squillaci straight in the chops.

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    Chamakh is flattened by Whing , who sees yellow for that clumsy tackle.

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    Chamakh chases Arshavin's through pass but, again, it's hit too hard for the striker to get onto the end of.

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    And Arsenal break forward and it's Arshavin again causing Orient a headache. The Russian gets into the box but his shot is blocked brilliantly by Smith.

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    Free kick to Arsenal it is.

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    Denilson goes in hard on Smith and, for some very strange reason, the free kick goes against the fouled man. The crowd can't believe it and, to be fair, I'm also somewhat perplexed.

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    Orient haven't showed much in terms of attacking quality, but have had a couple of half chances. They must go for broke if they want something from this game.

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    Chance for Orient as a cross from the right finds Revell, who heads it just wide.

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    Great chance missed for 2-0! Arshavin made space well on the right before cutting the ball back to Rosicky, whose shot on the run was saved very well by Jones, low to his left.

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    Arshavin bursts into space just outside the Orient box but then puts a little too much on his reverse throughball to Rosicky, who was scampering forward.

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    Arsenal stroking the ball about with consummate ease at the moment. Leyton Orient are chasing shadows as Arsenal dictate the pace of the game.

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    Tehoue on, McGleish off

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    Denilson picks up a yellow after he upended Dawson.

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    But Miquel clears it for Arsenal.

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    Miquel concedes a corner as Orient keep up this spell of pressure...

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    At least Orient are showing signs of some attacking prowess.

  • 56'

    Orient have finally been forced into a response and they surge forward. A ball is played into the box from the left and Revell, 6 yards out, gets his head on it but it's a tame header.

  • 54'

    Arsenal finally have the lead as Orient's resistance is broken. Bendtner crosses from the right and Rosicky, in space, guides a header into the corner to score his first goal in over a year. Deserved lead for Arsenal.

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    GOAL Leyton Orient 0-1 Arsenal

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    Revell clatters into Denilson and the Brazilian is receiving treatment. He looks winded to me.

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    Arsenal being too intricate as Song and Bendtner combine to try to weave their way through the O's defence.

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    Crowe couldn't recover from that injury sustained just before half time, and Carroll, on-loan from Spurs, comes on in his place.

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    Carroll on, Crowe off

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    And Arshavin has forced an early Arsenal corner, but Jones comes out to make a crucial claim.

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    The second half is underway at Brisbane Road.

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    But Arsenal have been far superior, as you'd expect. Song has been commanding in midfield and, as a result, Orient have failed to enjoy any possession of note. But they have looked reasonably bright on the attack and, unless Bendtner, Chamakh or Arshavin can get on the score-sheet soon, they have a chance.

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    And we reach half time and it's 0-0. Good news if you're a Leyton Orient fan, not so encouraging for Arsenal's.

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    Arshavin finds Gibbs on the overlap and his cross for Chamakh is flicked away by Orient. Important moments for Orient, these.

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    Crowe is down for Orient and is not running too easily. Not sure whether he'll survive until half time...

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    Song wins the ball for Arsenal and finds Arshavin, whose darting run forward isn't tracked. He attempts a 1-2 with Bendtner, but doesn't get the return pass.

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    Another chance for Arshavin as he drives wide from inside the box, having been found by Bendtner.

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    Daniels' corner is aimed for Chorley at the far post, but Song has enough time to intercept the corner and clear for Arsenal.

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    At the other end, Orient have a corner...

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    Another chance for Arsenal and this one was as close as the Gunners have come! Gibbs gets into an advanced position on the left, rolls a perfect ball into Chamkh, who slides in but turns his shot wide of the post. He was stretching, but that could have been the opener...

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    Song finds Bendtner, who rolls the ball into the path of Arshavin, whose powerful drive from 20 yards is blocked.

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    Arsenal clear the corner. But Orient still in this, and they will grow in confidence of they can hang on until half time. They've certainly got the advantage of this positively raucous Brisbane Road atmosphere.

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    Sagna can't believe he hasn't been given a free kick as Dawson pressurises the Frenchman into conceding a corner.

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    Bendtner controls the ball with his thigh on the edge of the box before swinging his left foot at it with eyes on Hollywood. But Bendtner will not be winning any awards for that effort. Snatched wide, much to the joy of the home fans.

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    Neither side showing the composure required in front of goal at the moment. Having said that, Orient are currently struggling to even get close to Arsenal's goal.

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    Denilson strikes a low effort from all of 25 yards but it's nothing more than a daisy-cutter and the ball rolls harmelssly wide.

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    McGleish skips into some space behind Sagna on the left, but his casual cross is easily cleared by Arsenal. Orient not showing anywhere near enough bite in attack so far. Arsenal very comfortable.

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    Dawson breaks up an Arsenal attack and bursts forward from the back, but is cynically tripped by Song, who is very lucky not to get a yellow card there.

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    Jones gets down well to save a snap shot from Arshavin, with the visitors camped inside the Orient half at the moment.

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    Bendtner drives in from the right and looked as though he was shaping to shoot with his left from the edge of the box, but he prefers to slip in Song instead, but the pass is intercepted.

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    Miquel gets forward and flicks the ball towards goal but, ultimately, it goes harmlessly wide.

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    But Arsenal recover and break down the other end and win a corner.

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    That would have been one of the goals of the season. Instead, it's a goal kick.

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    The corner is half cleared by Arsenal and rolls out to Daniels who lets fly with a rasping left-footed drive that flys just over the bar.

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    Squillaci makes an error and Orient have their first corner of the game...

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    Dawson picks Rosicky's pocket and launches an attack for Orient, but he runs into trouble in the form of Bacary Sagna.

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    An Arsenal move breaks down on the edge of the box after Chamakh gives it away but Orient pass it straight back to Arshavin, who tries to find Bendtner with a little dinked cross to the far post, but it's too far ahead of him.

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    Rosicky looks for Arshavin with a throughball but Orient's right-back, Jason Crowe, stands strong.

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    Arsenal dominating possession now and Orient finding it difficult to live with the speed and precision of Arsenal's passing.

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    Arshavin breaks the offside trap to find space on the left. He waits for the run of Chamakh into the box, but his header is claimed by Jones.

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    Strong start for Orient, who have Arsenal pinned back in the opening moments.

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    We are underway at a boisterous Brisbane Road...


    Arsenal have Fabregas, Nasri and Wilshere on the bench. Nice.


    But there is still plenty of experience elsewhere with the likes of Bacary Sagna, Andrey Arshavin, Maroune Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner all starting.


    Arsenal hand a debut to 18-year-old Spanish centre-back Ignasi Miquel alongside Sebastien Squillaci at the heart of the Gunners defence.


    It's a massive achivement for Leyton Orient in just getting this far in the FA Cup. Indeed, they have made enough money from their FA Cup run to break even this season for the first time since Barry Hearn bought the club in 1995.


    ARSENAL: Almunia, Sagna, Squillaci, Miquel, Gibbs, Denilson, Song, Rosicky, Bendtner, Chamakh, Arshavin. Subs: Szczesny, Fabregas, Koscielny, Nasri, Wilshere, Clichy, Eboue.


    LEYTON ORIENT: Jones, Whing, Chorley, Forbes, Daniels, Smith, Dawson, Crowe, Cox, McGleish, Revell. Subs: Butcher, Omozusi, Tehoue, Cestor, Carroll, M'Poku, Kane.


    Here we go again ladies and gentlemen. Could this be the FA Cup upset of all upsets? Fresh from their glorious night against Barcelona, Arsenal travel to Brisbane Road in what will be a, er, grittier, affair. I'm Michael Da Silva and I'll be guiding you through every kick...


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