Leeds United v Arsenal: 'Supporters can be our 12th man' - Grayson

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson hopes Elland Road's atmosphere will take Arsenal by surprise when the Gunners run the FA Cup gauntlet in Yorkshire tonight.

The clubs will settle their third-round tie at the second attempt this evening, 11 days after a memorable stalemate in London, and Grayson said the support of Elland Road's biggest crowd of the season would be "hugely important" for his Championship side.

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Leeds came within minutes of causing one of the biggest upsets of the third round at the Emirates Stadium on January 8, leading 1-0 until a

Cesc Fabregas penalty earned Arsenal a replay at the end of normal time.

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Tickets for tonight's game in Leeds were on the verge of selling out within days of the original tie, and an attendance in the region of 38,000 is likely to be recorded this evening – the highest seen at Elland Road since the last day of the 2009-10 season.

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Arsenal have not appeared at United's stadium since 2004 and manager Arsene Wenger is one of the few members of their camp who have prior experience of the arena's volatile atmosphere.

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Grayson said: "The crowd will be hugely important to us. I'm not sure

how many of Arsenal's players will be aware of what the atmosphere at Elland Road can be like but I'm sure they'll realise when they come out a few minutes before kick-off.

"The game's got an edge to it and they'll thrive on that as well. But the atmosphere might be a bit special and a bit different, something they maybe haven't sampled on a Wednesday night. We've got a very vocal crowd and a very passionate crowd and we have to try and use that to our advantage.

"Arsenal have got top players who should be able to handle these situations but if they're not at it then the crowd can help us."

Wenger was frustrated by the addition of a replay to Arsenal's schedule but Grayson said the Premier League club would be privately relieved to be involved in the FA Cup tonight having come so close to a premature exit at the Emirates Stadium.

Ipswich Town followed up United's draw in London by beating Arsenal in the first leg of a Carling Cup semi-final last week, and Grayson said: "The one thing it shows is that Arsenal can lose matches like any other team in the world.

"But I'm sure they're delighted to be coming here after being a minute from going out. They'll be delighted to still be in the competition after the first game.

"We'll play with a carefree attitude again but getting a result at the Emirates doesn't make us favourites by any stretch.

"We're going to be on the back foot and we won't have too much of the ball because Arsenal always dictate large parts of the game. But if we can get into the final third then we'll create chances and take chances. We've proved that many times."

Richie Myler.

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