Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United

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WHAT HAPPENED

A stirring second-half display and a scruffy finish from Reiss Nelson saw us edge past Leeds in the Emirates FA Cup.

The Championship side had the upper hand before the break and were inches away from taking the lead when Patrick Bamford's shot hit the crossbar.

That was one of a number of presentable chances that Leeds' squandered, while Emi Martinez did brilliantly to claw away an effort from Ezgjan Alioski.

We needed to regroup at half-time and we did, emerging with a determination that was not so evident in the first half.

It showed in our football. Suddenly it was Leeds on the back foot and, after Alex Lacazette struck the bar with a free-kick, Nelson got the all-important opener.

Nicolas Pepe set Lacazette through on the right and his low cross deflected into Nelson's path. The contact he made with the ball was minimal, but a vital ricochet took it into the net.

Sokratis, Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli went close to a second, while Leeds were a shadow of their first-half selves.

The opposite was true of us - and a fourth-round trip to Bournemouth is our reward.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Get the full story of our third-round tie with play-by-play updates

FIVE THINGS WE NOTICED

A pressing lesson, A gentle reminder, Papa on the right, Admiral Nelson and Heads Up

WHAT IT MEANS

Monday's win means we'll face Bournemouth away in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

TEAM NEWS

Mikel Arteta made four changes to our line-up for this third-round tie.

Martinez, Rob Holding, Nelson and Matteo Guendouzi came into the side. Out went Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno.

Lacazette captained the side.

WHAT’S NEXT

We're back in Premier League action on Saturday with an away trip to Crystal Palace.

 

 

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