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19:45
26/10/21
Emirates Stadium
League Cup • 4th Round
  • 2nd Half
  • Arsenal
  • Leeds United
  • HoldingTavares
    76'
  • ElnenySambi Lokonga
    72'
  • Smith RoweLacazette
    72'
  • RodrigoGreenwood
    70'
  • JamesSummerville
    70'
  • Nketiah
    69'
  • Soares
    59'
  • LlorenteCooper
    59'
  • Chambers
    55'
  • WhiteChambers
    55'
  • RobertsGelhardt
    53'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Arsenal
  • Leeds United
  • ForshawKlich
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Arsenal
  • Leeds United
  • Roberts
    23'
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Arsenal - Leeds United

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21:37 

After a tricky first half, Arsenal cruise through to the last eight. Thanks for your company.

21:37

Full-time: Arsenal 2-0 Leeds

90+4' 

Gelhardt finds room for a shot, slicing wide.

90+3' 

Lee Hendrie gives Nketiah man of the match, which is fair enough - no one's been great, so he's as good a choice as any.

90+2 

Summerville hacks down Nketiah.

90' 

There'll be four added minutes.

89 

Lacazette mugs Phillips, nips by Cooper and through Dallas, then lamps over the top from the edge.

87' 

Those goals absolutely knocked the granny out of Leeds. At no point has any player suggested he thinks this is anything other than over.

85' 

Nowt going on here, so let's enjoy this lovely little anecdote about Walter Smith, who died today.

83' 

It's a while since I've seen a game with two such bizarre goals. I enjoyed both.

80' 

Leeds have done almost nothing this half. Bielsa tried to give them impetus off the bench, but it's just not going for them at the moment.

78' 

Time elapses.

76'

Holding can't carry on, so Arteta sends on Tavares.

74' 

Holding is down with cramp. The game shouldn't stop for that, get fitter.

72'

Now Arsenal make a double change, Lokonga and Lacazette replacing Smith Rowe and Elneny.

70'

Knowing they've lost, Leeds send on Summerville and Greenwood for Rodrigo and James.

69'

GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Leeds (Nketiah) Arsenal are going into the last eight! This is a hilarious effort! A long kick from Leno is headed on by Pepe, then Drameh heads back to Cooper, who tries to head back to Meslier. But Nketiah, who learnt that valuable lesson just a few minutes ago, is chasing in case, and takes a glorious touch to lift th eball over the keeper and collects it around the other side, then with the whole goal at which to aim and just three yards out, he kind of slips, clips the ball with his shin pad, and sees it dribble across the face of goal ... and in!

68' 

Just outside the box, Klich lifts a ball over the Harrison, on the right of it, and his curler drifts wide.

66' 

Arsenal are much the better team now, and Nketah sends Pepe away down the right. He's got Smith Rowe screeching through the middle too, but mishits the pass just as you expected him to

65' 

Pepe keeps the width and slides down the line to Cedric, whose cross is a decent one, but Nketiah doesn't gamble, caught on his heels as the ball fizzes across the face.

64' 

We've not seen anything of Gelhardt yet. Leeds are struggling to get decent possession in the Arsenal half.

62' 

Nice form Arsenal, Maitland-Niles into Martinelli, who leaps to flick in behind for Nketiah, but he's forced wide and can't get a shot away.

62' 

So far, Leeds have just lacked that little bit of class.

60'

Dallas bursts out of defence so Cedric hauls him back by the waist and is booked.

59'

Leeds replace Llorente, who's played well, with Cooper.

56' 

Not often you see a proper first touch job, and it's a shame the goal wasn't given immediately so the celebration could be spontaneous. But they had a good little bundle on the touchline nevertheless/

55'

GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Leeds (Chambers) What a substitution! Cedric lands the corner on Kolasinac's head, Pepe nods back across, and Chambers panels the header at goal, his first touch ... Meslier scoops it away, but it's clearly behind the line and eventually the ref receives conformation. Incredible!

55'

It doesn't look a massive thing, but he's not happy, and Chambers replaces him.

54' 

White is down, and that'll be his night done.

53' 

As in the first half, Arsenal have started the better, and Martinelli squares up Drameh then slides away, but Harrison comes over to concede the corner.

53'

Yup, Bielsa wnats to win this. He takes off Roberts and replaces him with Gelhardt.

52' 

Smith Rowe robs Drameh and finds Martinelli, but he eschews the pass out to Cedric, seeking a shooting angle, but can't find one.

51' 

Harrison humps the corner clear and Leeds get up the park.

51' 

...once the ref's had a chant with the six-yard box wrestlers.

50' 

Cedric motors down the right and twizzles inside Dallas, but doesn't trust his left foot, so has to try and cross with the outside of his right. it doesn't work out, but Nketiah soon wins a corner, which Cedric will take...

49' 

Lovely stuff, this.

49' 

Che Adams has equalised for Southampton at Chelsea.

48' 

Drameh extends a leg to get to the ball ahead of Martinelli, who wears part of the tackle. There's a brief stoppage, but he's fine.

47' 

United have scored six and five against Leeds, and are about the only club I'd expect to want Solskjaer to leave.

46'

Leeds replace Forshaw, who's feeling his way back after injury, with Klich. Bielsa wants to win this.

46'

We go again.

20:32 

Arsenal started quickly but Leeds were the better side for the last half-hour or so, without looking especially likely to score.

20:32

Half-time: Arsenal 0-0 Leeds

45+1' 

Across London, Kai Havertz has put Chelsea in front against Southampton.

45' 

There'll be one additional minute.

43' 

Kolasinac does well to nod down a searching cross and Pepe's poor touch sets Smith Rowe for a shot, which he slices high and wide.

41' 

I wonder if Arteta will change things at half-time, or wait until Leeds score - which they might not do. But the away side are looking far more dangerous at the moment.

39' 

Again, James breaks at centre-forward and has Rodrigo to his right and Dallas to his left. The ball is the former, but he goes for the latter, and doesn't put enough on it to allow him take it on the burst, instead forcing him wide, and the attack breaks down.

37'

Leeds are threatening here, Harrison picking up possession 40 yards form goal and sliding in behind for Rodrigo. But Leno is wise to the ruse, sliding out to smother.

37' 

England Women have shaded Latvia 10-0.

36'  

Drameh gets his body in front of Martinelli, moving the ball away from him, catching him with his hand. On the touchline, little Miky is enraged, but it wasn't even a foul.

35' 

Drameh brings the corner away and finds James down the left, who sends the ball over to the left, Rodrigo allowing it to pass. Roberts could shoot early, but instead ducks inside White, swiping a shot wide.

34' 

Ilian Meslier looks about 12, so it's no surprise he relies on his defenders to clear the ball for him.

34' 

Leeds give it away, Phillips dithering and Maitland-Niles charging through him; the ball works its way out to Pepe, who wins a corner.

32' 

Smith Rowe drifts right looking for the ball, but Dallas is quickly at him.

32' 

This is noice.

31' 

I'd forgotten smith Rowe was playing. Arsenal need to get him on the ball.

30' 

James is coming into this, turning up at centre-forward to turn and slides towards Dallas, whose hopeful flick towards Rodrigo is easily intercepted.

29'

This time, Holding puts a head on the corner, sending the ball towards James on the edge. But it won't come down for him, so he can only slice a tame shot that Leno saves easily.

28' 

Leeds now look the more enterprising side, and James wins a corner off Elneny.

27'

White gets the first touch on the corner but sends the ball on one to Harrison, who leathers a shot towards the near post ... forcing Leno to tip around the post! That's a good save; the resultant corner comes to nowt.

26' 

Nketiah tries to dribble out of defence and is robbed, allowing Harrison to clip towards theback post, where White heads behind, away from Rodrigo.

25' 

Leeds counter and James pops up on the right, but is quickly blocked off by Kolasniac.

25' 

Arsenal win a free-kick down the right which Cedric swerves to the back post, Llorente shovelling it away from White, and Pepe's weak follow-up shot is deflected behind. The corner comes to nowt.

23'

White bursts out of defence, so Roberts hacks him down and is booked.

22' 

Harrison carries the ball from left to right, then looks to flip a pass to meet the run of James at the back post, but sticks too much on it.

21' 

It's a pretty even game now.

19'

That's better! A gorgeous long pass from someone - I think it was Llorente but perhaps it was Phillips - takes Leeds from back to front in a split-second and James is on the end of it! But his first touch is a fraction heavy, setting him for a shot but allowing Leno to come out and snaffle.

18' 

Nketiah takes a pass from Leno and turns Struik then eases away, but he opts not to feed Martinelli and Llorente, who's playing well, slides in to unload him.

17' 

So far, neither side has mustered the class to create anything decent.

15' 

Leeds nash down the right with Rodrigo, who takes a nice ball from Drameh. But a poor first touch means he can't attack the box, so instead he drills into some shins, winning a corner that comes to nowt.

14' 

Elsewhere, England's women are 7-0 up away to Latvia in their World Cup qualifer.

13' 

64% of Arsenal's attacks have come down their left, but Drameh has stood up to them well - so far.

11' 

The corner comes to nowt.

10'

Elneny fires a pass into Nketiah, who flicks off first-time for Maitland-Niles, who's got serious wheels. He bursts into the box and looks about to shoot ... then Llorente slides in to make a tremendous tackle, the loose ball running wide to Martinelli, whose shot clips Meslier's undercarriage and goes behind.

9' 

The left flank looks like it could be nifty for Leeds and here comes Dallas burrowing down it, three defenders ganging up to close him down.

7' 

First bit o' Leeds, Dallas finding Rodrigo who sticks James in behind Cedric. But he went too early - unnecessary given he's faster Eddie - and the flag yanks him back.

6' 

Holding drives forward, over halfway and towards the box, sliding to Nketiah outside him, who pulls wide of the near post ... and then the flag goes up.

6' 

Holding finds Nketiah, who's again down the left of the box, but Llorente sticks to him and forces him backwards.

4' 

This has been a decent start from Arsenal and here's Nketiah on the left, drilling a low cross that Pepe can't quite reach.

4' 

Llorente slides out to Drameh, who waits for the ball to come to him - enough time for Martinelli to seize it, but Llorente does a good covering for his young buddy, sliding in to tackle.

3' 

Holding attacks the corner running around the back, but Leeds get the ball clear easily enough.

2' 

Dan James is on the left, not the right at the club teamsheets suggested. Meantime, Nketiah finds Pepe, whose cross is deflected behind.

1' 

The away end is giving in plenty.

1' 

Why do Arsenal have the names on their shirts done in goth writing? Very odd, likewise Leeds' numbering.

1'

And away we go!

19:46 

The players and officials take a knee.

19:42 

The players are tunnelling.

19:38 

On the PA, they're playing London Calling, but they don't live by the river anymore - not since the Woolwich Arsenal days.

19:34 

Tonight's a big night for Eddie Nketiah, who's faded from the picture lately. He's a good finisher with very good timing, but needs to improve his all-round game to make the grade at Arsenal. It seems unlikely and he's not made a matchday squad yet, which I find a little surprising - he's someone I'd want on the bench for when I needed a goal.

19:34 

These teams also met in the final of the 1972 FA Cup final.

19:31 

Arteta says when you get momentum you have to keep it going, and though he's rotated the team he's expecting a high level of performance. He wants the players getting their minutes to make it hard for him when picking the team and being four games away from winning a trophy should be enough motivation for the players.

19:27 

Anyone remember the 1968 League Cup final?

19:23 

Leeds will be delighted to have Kalvin Phillips back. They've struggled badly without him, and the sooner he can get up to speed, the better for them.

19:21 

Asked if he's gone for an offensive line-up Marcelo Bielsa tells Sky that he usually goes with four attacking players, then says that when he came on against Wolves, the 19-year-old Joe Gelhardt unbalanced the game - and he won the penalty from which Rodrigo equalised. He's on the bench again tonight.

19:20 
19:19 

Those parentheses, what a world.

19:18 

This is lovely.

19:14 

Jermaine Beckford is on the touchline for Sky.

19:12 
19:09 

The great Walter Smith passed on today. Get some of this.

19:06 

Leeds, meanwhile, are without Raphinha, who went off at the weekend, and Bamford is still injured. Otherwise, Cody Drameh makes his debut at right-back, replacing Shackleton, with Cooper and Klich also dropping out. Roberts, Phillips - back from injury - and Forshaw come in.

19:04 

Arsenal retain three of the team that won so well at the weekend - the two centre-backs and Smith Rowe, who's playing beautifully at the moment. Otherwise, though, it's a second team, with only Pepe seriously pushing for the first XI - though hopefully Martinelli gets back to where he was before getting injured.

19:00 

I'm going to write these down, and then we can chat about what they mean....

19:00 
18:56 
18:53 

Let us have some teams...

18:49 

Our teams arrive at this tie in very different states of mind. Arsenal are on the up, improving - thanks in part to a friendly recent fixture list - and with their young players firing. Leeds, on the other hand, have endured a miserable start to the season and desperately need something good to happen. We shall see!

18:45 

Evening all, and welcome to Arsenal v Leeds United in the last 16 of the League Cup!