Leyton Orient Claim Draw against Arsenal

Arsenal denied victory

Arsenal denied victory

They may be light years behind Barcelona, but Leyton Orient fought back from a goal down to earn an FA Cup fifth round replay against the mighty Arsenal.

The meeting between the two sides was the late kick-off of today’s action, and the atmosphere inside the Matchroom Stadium was electric at kick-off.

Arsene Wenger chose to start with a lot of his big guns on the bench for the tie including; Szczesny, Fabregas, Koscielny, Nasri, Wilshere, Clichy, and Eboue.

With Barcelona clearly in the mind of the French man, Orient were boosted by a weakened Arsenal side, and made it difficult for Wenger’s men to break them down.

Arsenal enjoyed a lot of the possession but found it difficult to break down a resilient Orient side and the sides were level at the break.

Arsenal came out stronger in the second half and got their reward in the 53rd minute through Andrey Arshavin, when Danish international Nicolas Bendtner whipped in a cross from the right for Arshavin to head home past Jones in the Orient goal.

Orient did not give up after going a goal down and continued to close Arsenal down and work hard.

Arsenal looked as though they were going to claim victory, until the magic of the FA Cup sprang another surprise in the 88th minute.

Tehoue picked the ball up for Leyton Orient before barging through Gibbs and Miguel to fire past Almunia, who arguably should have kept it out.

Arsenal were stunned as the game looked certain to finish 1-0, however Leyton Orient held on for a famous win, and a lucrative relay at the Emirates.

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