Date: 6th January 2020 at 9:57pm
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Leeds United

Emirates Stadium

FA Cup Third Round

6/01/2020 7:56 pm

Attendance: 58403

Referee: Taylor

Arsenal Leeds United
Nelson (55)
Martinez Meslier
Papastathopoulos Ayling 78
David Luiz Berardi
Holding White
Nelson 67 Douglas
Guendouzi Phillips
Xhaka Alioski 61
Gotts 60
Ozil 77 Klich
Pepe 91 Harrison
Lacazette Bamford


Leno Cooper
Ceballos Casilla
Mavropanos Dallas
Willock 77 Helder Costa 61
Martinelli 67 Davis
John-Jules Stevens 78
Saka 91 Casey

Game Statistics

16 Goal attempts 18
5 On Target 6
4 Corners 4
16 Fouls 15
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
42 % 58

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa had the weekend off given our FA Cup third round clash with Arsenal was bounced to Monday evening for the BBC television cameras.

With a 7.56 kick-off at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal went with a very recognisable lineup for the tie, and although we made a few changes ourselves, it was still a strong squad with a pretty strong bench.

It was a pretty typical performance from us as well and although it was scoreless at the half time break, you have to wonder how we didn’t have a one or two goal lead.

With 63% possession, 15 chances overall and limiting the hosts to just one on target, we all knew the second half would see a reaction from them and they gave it.

Allied to the fact we seemed to have lost control, our luck and our touch they took the lead through a flimsy goal, but nobody can deny they had the second half. It was a true tail of two halves and unfortunately we came up short.

There will be those who question the performance of Anthony Taylor with his severe inability to book Granit Xhaka or Aleksandar Lacazette for that pathetically childish kick out in the second period, but all in all, not enough of an officiating shambles to change the result methinks.

We again pay for our lack of clinical edge, the more positive will highlight the first half as our real potential, the more negative will highlight the same period and talk about strikers in January.

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