The YEP jury give their verdict on Leeds United's FA Cup clash with Arsenal.
Years following United: 25
The result neither manager wanted but will take. A pulsating cup tie was in the balance right until the last seconds when Schmeichel made a flying save to deny Denilson what would have been a harsh winner. The Whites defended magnificently throughout and took the lead against the run of play when Gradel was upended. Snoddy scored the pen and cue 8,500 Leeds fans thinking history was about to repeat itself. Their penalty looked a tad harsh to me but a replay is now on the agenda – Scunthorpe, though, must be brushed aside beforehand.
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Years following United: 38
United did themselves proud on and off the field, the largest away following seen at the Emirates roared their approval as the Whites threatened a repeat of last year's cup heroics. The final result was the correct one in my view though it required the introduction of Fabregas to wrestle away United's advantage after Snodgrass drove home a rare Leeds penalty.
I can only hope that the additional revenue from these cup ties will be invested in the playing staff, but the more important business of Scunthorpe comes first.
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Years following United: 18
Our first-ever visit to the Emirates Stadium had been eagerly awaited following our FA Cup exploits last season. It's fair to say the boys more than exceeded expectations to earn a replay next week. Leeds defended gallantly and when Wenger decided to unleash Fabregas and Walcott we knew that they were worried. Snodgrass had put Leeds ahead through a penalty after Gradel was blatantly tripped. The Arsenal pen for their equaliser was less obvious and probably the result of an unsuccesful penalty shout seconds earlier.
Years following United: 40
United emerged from their first visit to the Emirates with their heads held high and were only a matter of minutes away from inflicting only the second home FA Cup defeat during Arsene Wenger's reign – the only other one also being courtesy of the Whites. Roared on by the 8,500 travelling hordes we took the game to the Gunners and defended like lions. A Robert Snodgrass penaly was cancelled out by an Arsenal penalty in the final minute. Gradel, Snodgrass, Bruce and Johnson were simply superb, but they were all heroes and a packed Elland Road now awaits the Gunners.
Years following United: 17
United produced a valiant display against a frustrated Arsenal at the Emirates. A draw, though, has its pros and cons. The money available from gate receipts and TV revenue for the replay will give us enough cash to pay the wages of some quality loan stars. Is this the catalyst for the return of Woodgate and Smith? Leeds have looked tired of late and the extra game sandwiched between crucial games versus Scunny and Portsmouth may have a detrimental affect. The carrot of Huddersfield at home in round four is enough of an incentive.