Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal take on Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday and our Talking Heads for this game are Dan Roebuck, Nigel Winterburn and Avenell Dave from ArsenalAddict. 

Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

Well that was fun wasn't it?! As far as I was concerned the 'magic moment' was going to be Henry's introduction as a substitute and, as expected, he raised the roof when he came on. But to go on and score the winner? I seriously did not expect that. Henry may have lost some pace and he will need time to get used to the tempo of English football having played in the MLS for two seasons, but his finishing is as unerring as ever. He turns half-chances into goals and that can make all the difference in tight cup ties. Andrey Arshavin also deserves a mention for a tireless display while Mikel Arteta pulled the strings in midfield, but we'll remember January 9, 2012 for one man. Welcome back, Thierry Henry.

All you can ask for from Arsenal here is progression to the Fourth Round with little to no fuss. Last season's encounter against Leeds proved an entertaining affair, and Arsenal needed some good fortune to stay in the tie. Arsène Wenger will not fancy a replay this time around. The full-back crisis has been well documented and this match in particular may provide opportunities for the likes of Nico Yennaris, Francis Coquelin and Ignasi Miquel to show just what they can do. I expect a strong Arsenal line-up nonethless, and this is an ideal opportunity for some of the squad players to demonstrate their value. Leeds will be no pushovers but I expect Arsenal to win.

Nigel Winterburn

I thought it was a tricky game for Arsenal tonight, particularly in the first half. I thought we had lots of possession of the football but I didn't think we were sharp enough from the midfielders through to the forwards. We were in command of the game without ever really creating major chances. In the second half I thought we really upped the tempo. Arshavin's workrate was tremendous even though not everything came off for him. But then obviously with Thierry Henry coming on… everybody knew what was going to happen! He showed excellent movement, it was a terrific ball through to him from Alex Song and then the clever finish. It was just set up for Thierry and he delivered. The second half performance was a lot better and the important thing is to be in the next round.

The big news is Thierry Henry's return to Arsenal and I think he'll give the whole club a big lift - from the players to the fans. A Monday night FA Cup tie is suddenly the biggest ticket in town because of Henry's return and I think we'll see him come off the bench at some point. There's no doubt that he has lost some of his pace but he's a very intelligent player, he keeps hold of the ball well and he can pick a pass. If Marouane Chamakh is available I would play him from the start before he goes to the Africa Cup of Nations and hopefully he can leave on a high note after a difficult first half of the season. Leeds are missing players through injuries and, although their fans will make a huge noise, I don't think they'll get a replay this time.


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You couldn't make it up, could you? Thierry Henry's match-winning return really was the stuff of Hollywood. He's a bit slower, a bit heavier and in the Premier League will need to improve both his fitness and sharpness if he's to have a positive impact. But Titi's magical return deservedly grabbed all the headlines and while we can huff and puff about the lack of a cutting edge elsewhere on the night, let's just celebrate a moment of sporting romance.

Now the paperwork has been completed, all eyes will be on the return of the King. The attack is an area that needs addressing and has been the focus for anxiety among the fans - especially now that defensive and goalkeeping frailties have been addressed. Henry’s return gives some breathing space while Arsène Wenger hopefully looks to bring in someone else to share the goalscoring burden. Leeds have had a funny season but don’t seem to be as strong as they were last year when we were held at home. I’d like to see Park start this game, just to show us what he can do. But it’s already written in the stars that Titi comes off the bench and changes the game. This is the sort of game where playing Ignasi Miquel and Francis Coquelin at full-back might not be a problem so I’d like to see them both start. The important thing is to get a result and avoid a replay.

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10 Jan 2012