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Leeds United

FA Cup Fourth Round
January 25, 1993

Today's FreezeFrame takes us back to January 1993 and a classic Arsenal fightback in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

This was the season when the Gunners went on to lift both the League Cup and the FA Cup, but it came at a time when the Club were in a period of transition, having failed to build on winning the league title two seasons prior.

By the start of 1993, George Graham's side were struggling to keep pace in the title race and, having seen off Yeovil in the Third Round amid huge pressure from a critical press, a visit from league champions Leeds United seemed an ominous prospect.

Gunners favourite David Rocastle - who had moved to Leeds in a £2 million deal that summer - was part of Howard Wilkinson's confident squad and the visitors raced into a 2-0 lead at Highbury with goals from Lee Chapman and Gary Speed.

With their season threatening to fizzle out prematurely, Arsenal gained a foothold in the game when Ray Parlour halved the deficit in the second half. Paul Merson then stepped up with a wonder strike to rescue a draw and send the game to a replay.

That fightback proved a major boost to Graham's men and they went on to win the second act at Elland Road 3-2 after extra time as their resurgence continued.

Arsenal were back on the march again and within the space of three months they added the FA Cup to their League Cup success thanks to Andy Linighan's winner against Sheffield Wednesday.

Arsenal team: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Hillier, Linighan, Adams, Jensen, Campbell, Smith, Merson, Parlour.

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9 Jan 2012