Arsenal v Leeds United: We have nothing to fear - Howson

Leeds manager Simon Grayson described Arsenal as the best team in the world ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup clash at the Emirates Stadium, but his skipper Jonny Howson will not be running scared.

Grayson's npower Championship promotion chasers dumped out Manchester United at the same third-round stage last season before taking Tottenham to a replay and midfielder Howson will draw on these recent memories as Leeds bid to pull off another upset.

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Older Leeds fans will recall the 1-0 League Cup final win over Arsenal in 1968 and Allan Clarke's header that separated the two sides by the same scoreline four years later in the Centenary FA Cup final - there was also an epic fourth-round tie that the Gunners won 2-1 in a second replay in 1983.

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But Leeds-born Howson, 22, only has to look back to this time last year for his inspiration when his raking 60-yard pass set up Jermaine Beckford for his stunning winner at Old Trafford.

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Howson said: "The 1972 Cup final is a bit early for me. I've seen what happened and have heard about it, but it was a bit before my time.

"I can't say my family have drummed it into me. My mum and dad weren't big football fans. I've heard a little bit about it from my granddad though. He was a big Leeds fan and I obviously know this is a big tie.

"But with some of the players we've got in the dressing room maybe we can do it again.

"We've got some top players, who arguably could be playing in the Premier League, so I don't think we'll be going there scared or fearing the worst.

"We're looking forward to it and will give it our best shot."

But Howson, who has responded to being handed the captain's armband this season with some eye-catching displays for Leeds back in the Championship, would not swap another Cup run for back-to-back promotions.

Leeds' league form dipped this time last year and Howson added: "You'd have to go for promotion.

"Then you'd be getting this type of game week in, week out. It's nice if you can go on a Cup run, but if I had to take one it would be promotion all day long."

Grayson declared the bookmakers, who have Leeds at 12-1 for an upset at the Emirates, seldom get it wrong, but has promised his side will take the game to the Gunners in the only way they know how.

Howson meanwhile, shares his manager's admiration for tomorrow's illustrious opponents.

He said: "You've got to. You ask any football fan about some of the football Arsenal play, everybody watches them in awe.

"My personal view on it is that Arsenal play the game the best way. It's the right way I think.

"Players like Cesc Fabregas, the way they pass and move. That's the way the game should be played.

"Everyone's got their own view on it. Even if they put their B team out, they're still top players, so I don't think that'll make a difference.

"But you look forward to these ties when you get them because you want to test yourself against the best and try and become the best.

"This is the standard that you wants to play at. Every player wants to play in the Premier League and we're no different."