As it happened: Gunners battle their way past impressive Leeds into the 4th round


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FT: The Gunners battle their way through to the 4th round with a spirited second-half performance that not only kept their cup prospects under Arteta alive, but also restored some dignity and pride after a wretched first half in which they were outwitted, outran, and outclassed by Championship side Leeds. 
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FT: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United

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90: There will be five additional minutes at the Emirates Stadium as Bukayo Saka comes in on in place of Nicolas Pepe who heads off to a standing ovation.
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85: Martinelli has impressed once again in his substitute cameo, a welcome return to the side for Gunners fans. The 18-year-old is such an assured and competent performer, showing few signings of the inconsistency and questionable decision making typical of someone of  his age. 
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Leeds substitution

78: Teenager Jordan Stevens comes on for Luke Ayling.
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75: Sokratis ghosts towards the six-yard box unmarked from the corner, but his header lacked conviction. The tables have turned in this second half, with Arsenal now pressing Leeds into errors at the back and brimming with confidence going forward.
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Arsenal substitution

67: Gabriel Martinelli returns from injury to replace Nelson.
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Arsenal penalty appeal

65: The Gunners will feel hard-done-by to have not been awarded a penalty after Berardi thrusted though the back of Lacazette, who was attempting to shield the ball inside the penalty area.
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Leeds substitution

61: Alioski and Gotts are replaced by Costa and Dallas in two like-for-like replacements as Leeds seek their equaliser.
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Goal ! Nelson breaks the deadlock !

55: The Gunners have been rewarded for their valiant reaction in the second-half, as Reiss Nelson bundles home Lacazette's ricocheted cross. It's scrappy, but they won't care.
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54: Bamford drives forward but his effort on goal is tame and comfortable for Martinez.
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Lacazette clips the woodwork

48: Arsenal have begun the second half the way many expected them to in the first, matching the application and industry of Leeds as Lacazette's free-kick clips off the bar. 
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45: The second half commences.
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HT: Arsenal 0-0 Leeds

HT: The away side have proved the dominant force in this first half, pressing Arsenal high and denying them any space or time on the ball. And while the Gunners' passing has been slack and disjointed, Leeds have constructed some beautiful, free-flowing moves, and can consider themselves very unlucky to not be leading at the break.

Arsenal must step it up a gear in this second half, or their dreams of a cup run under Arteta will falter at the very first hurdle.

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45: There will be one additional minute played at the Emirates in this first half.
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Leeds chance

40: Another suberp, flowing Leeds United passing move makes its way to Klich towards the byline, who cuts back for debutant Gotts. The youngster took it first time but was unable to get a strong connection on the shot.
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33: Alioski hurtles his body towards Luke Ayling's cross at the far post and collides with Sokratis. Martinez is equal to the deflected effort, but it's another effort on goal for Leeds ; they may well come to rue these missed opportunities.
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Arsenal chance

31: Luiz breaks clear of his marker, Phillips, from the corner, but his header is wide of the mark. Big chance spurned.
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24: Lacazette robs White of possession inside the Leeds half, but fails to muster up a decisive end product.
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Leeds strike the bar

15: Some neat Leeds interplay finds Bamford inside the box, who digs the ball out of his feet and onto the woodwork. The away side have oozed quality thus far.
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Leeds chance

14: Harrison combines with Bamford to force Martinez into action from outside the box.
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12: Martinez kicks the ball into touch with the Gunners seemingly rattled by the Leeds press. 
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6: It's a lively, high-pressing start from both sides here, as Bamford's effort is thwarted by a sliding Rob Holding. As ever, Leeds fans are in good voice with their side proving their worth and quality in the opening stages.
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1: The game gets underway at the Emirates, with Sokratis filling in at right-back as Arsenal deploy their orthodox 4-2-3-1 shape.
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Leeds travelling in numbers

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Winner to face Bournemouth

The 4th round draw has determined that tonight's winner will travel to Bournemouth in the next round.
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Mikel Arteta makes a statement of intent with his surprisingly strong starting XI in an uncharacteristic 3-4-1-2 shape. Key performers in Sokratis, David Luiz, Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil have al kept their places. Bielsa, meanwhile, stays true to his word, and hands first team debuts to Robbie Gotts and goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
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Leeds team news

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Arsenal team news

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Bielsa prepared for big test

While Leeds fans will be cautious of a cup run derailing their promotion bid, they will equally feel as though Monday's fixture serves as the perfect opportunity for the players to get a feel for life in the top flight.

Bielsa, speaking to the Leeds United media in his pre-match press conference, echoes this reasoning: "Of course it's a big challenge for us. It's enough [to understand how big the club is] to see the players and the prestige and the level they have."

He continued: "If we are going to play with another opponent, we are going to have to justify ourselves. It's a competition with a great history and from there, every opponent is important."

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Arteta taking the cup seriously

It's been a bleak season for the red half of North London, and - with the top four looking unlikely - Arteta, who lifted the trophy on two occasions with Arsenal, believes his team must aim to bring some silverware home, namely the FA Cup this season. "Absolutely," he told talkSPORT when asked if his side would be taking the competition seriously. 

"It is a competition that is very attached to this football club in recent years and we have to take it very seriously and we have to try to go to the next round."

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Footballing titans reunite for an unmissable spectacle

Although Arsenal vs Leeds, and the FA Cup for that matter, may not carry the same weight of yesteryear, Monday's clash is one not to be missed, with the gung-ho, high-pressing approaches from both parties ensuring a pulsating spectacle for the neutral.

The two sides last met in 2012, an FA cup tie in which the Gunners came out on top courtesy of a Thierry Henry goal. Their last league meeting goes back even further, to 2004, a 5-0 demolition of Leeds at Highbury. What transpired since then has come to define these two giant clubs in the modern era.

Arsenal would go on to win the league that season,  remaining unbeaten in the process. Since then, they have reached a Champions League final, and become the FA Cup's record holders with 13 titles to their name.

The visitors went in the opposite direction. Swimming in debt, they faced the drop that year, and, although now on an upward trajectory under Bielsa with the Premier League in touching distance, have not returned to the promised land since.

Nevertheless, the faithful have turned up in their thousands over the years, and will do so again tomorrow. They are a club that belongs in the top flight. And they are so close. On Monday, Bielsa's men will get a taster for how prepared they really are.


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Leeds' predicted starting XI

Predicted starting XI: (4-1-4-1) Meslier [GK], Douglas, Berardi, White, Ayling, Phillips, Harrison, Klich, Gotts, Alioski, Bamford 
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Leeds team news

Despite heading into the game as clear underdogs, Marcelo Bielsa will also ring the changes at the Emirates, with Robbie Gotts and goalkeeper Illan Meslier set to make their first-team debuts. "Meslier is going to play instead of Kiko Casilla, Gaetano Berardi in place of Liam Cooper, Barry Douglas in place of Ezgjan Alioski, Alioski in place of Helder Costa, and Gotts in place of Stuart Dallas," Bielsa told the Leeds United media.

The visitors will also be without both Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) and Adam Forshaw (hip), with midfielder Jamie Shackleton joining them on the sidelines with a muscular injury.

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Arsenal's predicted starting XI

Predicted starting XI: (4-2-3-1) Martínez [GK], Kolašinac, Holding, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Saka, Willock, Nelson, Aubameyang
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Arsenal team news

Head coach Mikel Arteta is likely to make wholesale changes to the side that overcame Manchester United after a hectic festive period saw his side play three times in the space of five days. He will, however, be without Calum Chambers, who is ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured cruciate ligament. Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin will also be assessed (hamstring injuries), while left-back Kieran Tierney is not returning to training until March.
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Kickoff time

The Arsenal vs Leeds match will be played at the Emirates Stadium in London, England. Kickoff is scheduled for 19:56 BST.
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Welcome to’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 Emirates FA Cup match: Arsenal vs Leeds United. My name is Toby Bowles and I’ll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-match analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.