Mar 02

Arsenal 5-0 Leyton Orient: Five star performance provides perfect response

Arsenal responded to Sunday’s Carling Cup final defeat against Birmingham with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup fifth round.

A Nicklas Bendtner hat-trick, coupled with goals from Marouane Chamakh and Gael Clichy secured Arsenal’s passage into the quarter finals where they will play Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Teenage defender Ignasi Miquel made his first home appearance and 19-year-old winger Conor Henderson a senior debut.

Almunia
Eboue – Miquel – Squillaci – Gibbs
Diaby – Denilson – Rosicky
Bendtner – Chamakh – Henderson

Moroccan frontman Chamakh, deployed in Robin van Persie’s role at the spearhead of the attack, settled any early nerves when he put Arsenal ahead from close range.

Rosicky darted into the right side of the Orient box before cutting the ball back to the penalty spot, where Chamakh guided a shot into the bottom left corner to take his tally to 12.

Arsenal were on the offensive and doubled their lead on the half-hour when Bendtner sent Kieran Gibbs’ cross back into the top-left corner with a looping header from 12 yards.

It was 3-0 in the 43rd minute when Bendtner cut in from the left and curled a low strike into the far corner, for his sixth goal of the season. Free bets would have been offered on Bendtner scoring against League 1 opposition, especially as he’s done it while on loan at Birmingham several seasons ago.

Arsenal were awarded a penalty on 61 minutes when Gibbs was tripped by Revell.

Clichy came in for the final 24 minutes and drilled number five into the bottom corner for his first goal since November 2008 as Arsene Wenger’s men booked a mouth-watering clash against their Barclays Premier League title rivals at Old Trafford on March 12.

Post-Match Reaction

“It was a good response, we took the game in a serious way. It was good to win the game,” said Arsene Wenger

“We are in a fantastic run. On Sunday we lost a game in special circumstances.”

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11 Responses to “Arsenal 5-0 Leyton Orient: Five star performance provides perfect response”

  1. GunnerMKD says:

    i reaaaaally think we didnt need this game. i had to worry for the last half ah hour for the players who came in to avoid injuries.
    can anyone tell me more about this henderson guy? he looks great, in some moves reminds me of rvp. bentner is needed for games like these, he knows how to play and score vital goals when everyone rests. i hope we win at old trafford. UP THE GUNNERS!

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  2. Mohamed says:

    So when the team win theres barely any comments on the post congratulating them
    but when they lose theirs 100+ comments slating the team???

    some arsenal fans are not serious

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  3. Charlie says:

    I totally disagree, this game is exactly what we needed. Only injury was to Rosicky who has been hopeless all season and the only players who might play on the weekend are Bendtner and Chamakh who desperately needed some goals. Not to mention that any win builds confidence. It was a chance for the fringe players to get some match practise because most if them desperately need it.

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  4. Marty Price says:

    I agree with Charlie. We needed this match, not to get over the last one, but to test for the next. Bendtner started slow and then played harder. Chamakh’s work rate is getting to be what it was, but it was good to see Diaby play well. Henderson was impressive, but lets give credit to Orient too. For 54 places or so below the Gunners, they came to play and passed the hell out of the ball.

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  5. jhnhgs75 says:

    good training practice for the boys. lovely to see new faces doing well. bring on sunderland

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  6. pastaface says:

    @Mohamed I totally agree with you, ridiculous plastic Arsenal fans. I hope they just get lost!
    Just see the evidence, I’m not saying I wasn’t disappointed on Sunday, but lets also praise other than just criticise.

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  7. Steven says:

    Congrats to the boys especially the much maligned(and still often annoying) Nik B; he played well and deserved his hat-trick.I’m also glad Chamakh also scored though as a striker, his tendency to always pass the ball backward wont help his cause in an area that is becoming highly competitive with Bendtner and him playing only when RvP is injured or in the cup games. He needs to try and turn around at times just to spring a surprise or draw a dangerous foul from the last defender at the edge of the area or even in a penalty; he’s not just there to do a one-two and bring the midfielders in, is he? If that is all he ever does, then our attack, with him, will be too predictable and blunt.

    Diaby played…er…well, just like Diaby! Explosive one minute, frustrating and annoying the next…typical Diaby. Denilson had a fair game but Miquel has all the right attributes of a great defender and surely needs a loan move 2 mature.

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  8. french gooner says:

    i agree with mohamed above.when we get a bad result,the comments come in thick and fast.i think the reason is this site is infested by glory hunters and fans of other teams.possibly also, of people who are ashamed to show their faces again after being proven wrong.80% of the country is waiting for the gunners to collapse so they can all say”i told you so”.because of a freaky goal on sunday we lost a football match.so what its not the end of the world.we won yesterday and proved than we can dig deep.lets beat sunderland now!!!

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  9. GunnerMKD says:

    i said the game was not needed because we could have finished the business at their own pitch, and yes, we scored 5 with our second team, but what would`ve happened if they didnt and had to force all the stars at the bench to work hard and get a result? its easy to say, now that tha game is over. i just dont want our players to get injured and miss games.
    still expecting for someone to say some details of henderson. and mohamed, i agree, and it shows that when we play good, they are like ,, yeaah, we play good, we are the greatest, bla bla bla(punching in the chests),, and when we lose they are like ,,wtf, this team i shitty, none plays good, we lack experience etc etc,, and that my friend is the reason why there is such a small number of fans who truly support arsenal and put their total faith in our menager. fake is just the right word for the others! UTA!!

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  10. The Left Hand Of HENRY says:

    @pastaface:
    maybe theres more comments when we lose because it ruins our weekends and dont go out for a pint so we sit and moan on our laptops

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  11. arsenal man says:

    why the hell does it bother you guys about the plastic fans, just support your team, no need to bother with the plastics

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