Date: 7th January 2020 at 5:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Lots of Leeds United fans have been lauding Jack Harrison on social media for his performance against Arsenal in Monday night’s FA Cup Third Round defeat.

A spirited first-half performance by Marcelo Bielsa’s men had Mikel Arteta’s Gunners on the back foot heading into the break, and could easily have seen the hosts trailing had Patrick Bamford’s thunderous shot not crashed back off the bar.

Arteta’s half-time team talk in the North Londoner’s dressing room did its job, unfortunately, and Arsenal returned to the field for the second period a much stronger side before taking the lead through Reiss Nelson in the 55th-minute.

Nelson’s effort proved enough for Arsenal to take a 1-0 win and secure a Fourth Round trip to fellow Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth, but Leeds left the Emirates Stadium with our heads held high.

For some of the Elland Road faithful, Harrison ought to have been holding his head the highest, as they have lauded the on-loan Manchester City winger for his display on the road to Arsenal.

Harrison caused the North Londoners a myriad of issues on the right-flank on Monday night, having been deployed on the right for the first time this season in any competition after previously playing exclusively on the left.

The 23-year-old – who we have an option-to-buy in the summer – would crop up anywhere our offence needed at the Emirates Stadium, and terrorised Gunners left-back Sead Kolasinac through his speed and ball control.

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Harrison could have scored on a few occasions, too, but for Emiliano Martinez producing fine saves and Sokratis Papastathopoulos recovering well in the 90th-minute to prevent a late equaliser.

By the full-time whistle, 5 ft 8 Harrison had recorded a game-high three shots on target – having directed each of his strikes on Martinez’s net – while also completing two of his four dribbles, playing one key ball from 21/35 accurate passes and enjoying 64 touches, per WhoScored data.

He won six of his 15 ground duels, as well, and recorded two successful tackles, one accurate cross from three, one accurate long ball from three and was fouled twice, according to Sofa Score statistics, though lost possession 26 times, too.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans offered their thoughts on Harrison’s performanceโ€ฆ

In other Leeds United news, the club have named their price for an in-demand 24-year-old, set to leave Elland Road in January.

 
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