Arsenal recovered from a poor first half in which Leeds dominated possession and chances, to perform better in the second period and advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a goal from Reiss Nelson.

It was very much a game of two halves, but in the end the Gunners did what needed to be done. That’s two wins in a row, and two clean sheets in a row too – although we did have some smart saves from Emi Martinez to thank for that.

Read the Arsenal 1-0 Leeds report and see the goal here

Here’s how the players rated this evening.

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Sean
Sean

Anybody else just love Arteta’s death stare when the interviewer told him what Lacazette had said about his ht team talk?

Akbar Saleem
Akbar Saleem

COYG!

Senor ding dong
Senor ding dong

You go round the M25 not up

Peter Cechs helmet
Peter Cechs helmet

You don’t go anywhere on the m25.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Aye. These particular wankbottles have themselves an upwards M1 journey to enjoy whilst pondering their defeat.

Optimist
Optimist

Very true, unless you get on at Heathrow and go north.

Hantal
Hantal

Should really have a first and second half rating.

I thought holding was decent in the first half defensively then quiet in the second (not a bad thing for a defender)

Pepe looked good but runs into trouble too often (probably used to using his trickery to get past crappy Ligue one defenders)

Loved Sok vs 3 in the corner then Willock getting involved

Martinelli is really something special

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

Holding was really poor on the ball throughout the whole game. Thought blogs is being overly harsh on Gunedoozi, he was everywhere 2nd half.

YpsiGooner
YpsiGooner

Yeah, but Matteo’s first half uselessness was kind of emblematic of that poor 45 minutes from everyone.

Anders Limpar
Anders Limpar

Honestly for some weird brain fart of a split second I though – what has Dominic Matteo got to do with anything!

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

I completely agree, but then everyone should be marked down not just Guendouzi…

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

“everywhere” is in his locker, the rest isn’t yet imo.

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

Yes, Matteo was a beast in the second… I remember thinking that if this boy could be consistently playing as he was in that second half, then we won’t have to overly rely on Torreira for that bite. He still has some growing to do of course but he’s special nonetheless.

db10s

I don’t think so.

Guendouzi is probably the only player in the squad that seems abit lost like he was still being privately coached by Unai. 2nd half was big improvement but the annoying thing to me is all about his application. He is far too casual off the ball. All that is required is just more commitment.

There was one instance in the game where leeds were breaking through and they crossed the ball into the box. Guendouzi stopped tracking his runner midway in the box and opted to hold his position where he was marking empty space. If David Luis didn’t fly in to block the player receiving the cross, it could have all been very different.

He needs to buckle up and absorb everything Arteta says. All the talent is there, he just needs that added focus to make him complete.

Tim
Tim

I thought Laca and Xhaka really brought the fight (literally) to Leeds in the second half. Everyone else improved, too. Not a perfect game of course but I had a lot of fun overall.

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

I’m xhaka’s biggest critic but I thought he was really good, shows with the right manager he could be a decent player. Loved his tackles, loved Sokratis dribbling down the line aswell. Adios Leeds

Drewkernster
Drewkernster

I’m Xhaka s 2nd biggest critic and no I thought his performance in the first half was shocking like everyone else but especially him. He made silly xhaka errors sliding when all he has to do is stay on his feet against a player going absolutely no where. His lack of pace and trailer turning radius is a massive negative for him. Takes away his good passing skills. If you have to weigh the good vs the bad of xhaka the bad will win. I still think he should be moved on.

db10s

I’d moved him on only if we were getting a real upgrade. We’re missing athletic ball carrier in the middle. A kante, Wijnaldum, Santi etc. Right now are using 2-3 players to fulfill the transition to play out of defense. Our CB/CMs are looking for Laca/Ozil in between the lines to pass to. Where as none of our CMs can turn and carry the ball forward breaking the press. Guendouzi can do this but he’s very nervous to try it in our third and him and Xhaka doens’t work. He leaves Xhaka over exposed.

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

I think that is part of Artetas game plan! I would like to see if we are committing more fouls under his management in order to break up play early and not let teams get into a rhythm.

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

13 touches from ozil in the first half. can’t wait for us to get rid of him

Maul Person
Maul Person

Oh shut up!

Magic City Gooner
Magic City Gooner

Enjoy your ebening, Unai.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Ozil was pretty good I thought. Struggled a bit with physical opposition like this, as we have seen before, but he put in a decent shift.

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

16 successful passes in the whole game. no shots, no tackles, no interceptions, no blocks. lost possesion 4 times. so unless we’re talking about off the ball play or something, he didn’t even touch the ball enough to say he was ‘pretty good’

A P
A P

13… which is still more than double your IQ.

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

i gave my opinion on a player’s performance and you reply trying to offend me, instead of actually explaining why you differ (which is actually the point of the comment section). think about it. cheers!

Aleksander Włodarz
Aleksander Włodarz

Xaka was very good!

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Seems like I was watching a different match. I thought Xhaka was generally poor. Giving away silly free kicks, often out of position, giving the ball away to Leeds, off the pace in general, slow to track back. He did play a couple of his nice long trademark passes but for me that’s not enough to earn a place in Arsenal first team and we suffer by not having someone with quicker feet and quicker instincts in that position. Definitely not a terrible performance but not what we need and we were lucky one or two of his mistakes didn’t cost us more in the end (could say that for couple of Holding’s suicidal passes too).

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I got to say, a big shout out to the ref. Was nice to see a game refereed where yellow cards weren’t flashed around and every 50 50 wasn’t punished. I thought he let it be a real FA cup tie so fair play to him.

Goonerink
Goonerink

We got off easy on yellows I feel but still was good to see.
Why was the game stopped for their var check for violent Conduct but ours wasn’t?

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

Completely agree, some tackles that are usually punished were let go, it really pushed up the intensity of the game. Loved some of the challenges from our boys, I thought the celebration from Sokratis after that tackle in our box toward the end of the game was just brilliant. We were never like this under Emery.

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

xhaka shoul’ve gotten a yellow card at least 3 times and he didn’t. and we’re talking about anthony taylor here so he can fuck off nonetheless

Yolo Toure
Yolo Toure

Especially as it was Anthony Taylor – he’s usually a disgrace to his federation!

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

How can we play so awful one half, and then show up for the second half? We were very lucky Leeds were not 2-0 at half time.
This BS playing good, or OK has been going on for the past 5-6 years. We did it during Wenger, Emery, and now Arteta. For some reason, our players think a football match is played for 45 minutes. The second half performance was much better, and we should use that as a baseline for every game, not when the fans are pissed or the manager tells the players the need to show up. If any player has an issue with giving everything for 90 minutes, then he should go play for Man Utd or Spurs.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

What is “BS”?

A T
A T

Bacary Sagna?

Addi
Addi

Calm yourself mate this is arsenal

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I love Holding but he needs to be put back in the oven, he’s not ready yet! A 5 was generous. I think Guendouzi’s rating is a little harsh as well, he really helped push us on second half.

Martin
Martin

For heavens sake it was his first full match for a long time and he was bound to be rusty.

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

So we shouldn’t rate him at all is what you’re saying Martin?

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

As I said, he’s not ready yet and it showed!

Benriz
Benriz

But he needs game time to get ready?

The Arsenal
The Arsenal

Anyone who has watched Leeds under Bielsa should not be surprised. Its the fa cup afterall so the fact we turned around such a poor half against decent opposition so dramatically is what I’m going to take from this game. Lacazette needs a goal but his all round play has excelled in the last 2 or 3 games. Absolutes love Martenelli. His attitude is what every youth player should aspire to.

Ben Eagerbeaver

True, Nelson especially needs some lessons from him.

the?2n
the?2n

Think Sok, playing out of position, really put in a shift. Some iffy moments in the first half but, was excellent for most of the game. Toss up between him & Martinez for MOTM for me.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Yeah I was surprised Laca got the MOTM as he was off the pace in the first half whilst Martinez was on fire the whole game. Agree that Sok did v well.

Rich
Rich

Went into the game full of optimism, but that first half was a reminder of why we’re 10th after 21 games, with a goal difference of minus 2.

No Mustafi on the bench, and he was in the training pictures, maybe on his way out?

Martinelli, Pepe, Nelson, Saka are all raw, but big potential, we’re suddenly over stacked with No9s and wide forwards.

Mark
Mark

Kind of sad that we need to play all first team players (most of whom are normal starters) in a home cup match against a Championship team and with that were drastically outplayed in the first half and lucky not be behind 2 or 3 goals. Glad we came out stronger in the second half, but that first half was awful.

Martin
Martin

It was not sad as I believe that Arteta wanted to keep the momentum going after beating Man Utd and is obviously taking the chance to win a trophy seriously. I agree we were very poor first half but a win with with another clean sheet is welcome

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

Kind of sad you think we could do anything else.

DaDude
DaDude

Well, to be fair, that’s not just any Championship team, these are the leaders. They might actually do pretty well in the PL as well and could be a solid midtable team. If we were talking about the 10th or 11th in the Championship table, I would completely agree with you.

Suhas
Suhas

Top Championship Teams are better than bottom ranked premier League teams and right now Leeds are at the top of the Championship table, So Playing most of our first team was the correct Move. You wouldn’t play your youth Team against Watford would you?

Blobby
Blobby

I normally agree with Blogs numbers but I thought Guendouzi was better than most in the first half and the driving force in the second – was really expecting an 8.

dazzlo
dazzlo

I’m literally re-watching the 2nd half as I type (all the players with the exception of Martinelli were poor for the 1st), and I can’t believe the numbers posted by Blogs for some of the players. I think Guendouzi was a beast all through the half, he was every where mopping up loose balls and snapping at the heels of the Leeds midfielders. Xhaka must have something on the ref as even he couldn’t believe how many of his challenges went unpunished, and in the latter stages of the game every time he felt a touch and went down, we got a free kick.

I would give everyone an 8 for effort and an extra 1 as bonus for the result.

Darkman
Darkman

A clean sheet is a good result afterall

gggg
gggg

Sorry for my lack of knowledge I am a younger fan of the club but why do we hate Leeds haha?

IceBerg10
IceBerg10

Because they invented Stoke

DaDude
DaDude

Not sure about things even more in the past, but they had a relatively successful team in the mid nineties early 2000s with many proper a**hole characters in their team (Lee Bowyer anyone?) and a very rough style of play.
At that time, they were proper competition for European Cup qualifying spots.
Bit like Stoke a few years ago, where you already knew before the away game that they would batter you throughout the whole 90 mins, the ref would do nothing about it and you’d return with 2 injured players and probably without points.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

What’s Danny Mills done to piss you off. See what I did there?

Zonda
Zonda

10/10 for the quality of Arteta’s side lunges and gesticulation as the patrols the side line.

Samgunz
Samgunz

Guendouzi motm

Boydy
Boydy

“I thought he was quite good and the fact that he was boiling the piss of Danny Murphy with almost everything he did made it even better. I would like to serve Danny Mills a pint of his own boiled piss. Cooled down. Then frozen. A piss pop.”

That was my first experience listening to Danny Murphy and my goodness is he a twat. Offers nothing more than pub chat. The kind of pundit who will get stuck into Arsenal for cynical fouls and not in the spirit of the game as quickly as he’ll call them soft for not doing it.