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Stuart Dalgleish 8th Jan 2012 - 17:07

Henry’s return is Thierry-ble news for Leeds

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For the second year running, Arsenal (2/7) entertain Leeds (17/2, draw 9/2) in the FA Cup third round.

Last season, the Whites did themselves proud as they took the Premier League giants to a replay after substitute Cesc Fabregas scored a 90th minute equaliser from the spot.

We have a Match Winner offer on a similar scenario happening on Monday night, we've enhanced any Arsenal substitute to score to 6/4 from 5/4.

When you think the Gunners could name perennial Leeds tormentor Thierry Henry (9/4 first goal) on the bench now, it's not a bad shout that a sub could come on to hurt United.

The French legend re-signing for Arsenal will have come as a real blow to Leeds fans, as they will remember the last time he played against them, when he pummelled four goals past the relegation-bound Yorkshire outfit - it's 10/1 he scores a hat-trick against them again.

If it wasn't for Henry, Leeds will have been thinking of another famous result as they've performed heroically against top flight teams over the last few years in the cups, which often has a bad effect on their league form.

When they dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup at this stage two years ago, they had a dreadful run in League 1 and they almost missed out on promotion, it seems this year though their poor form has started early.

Handicapped by the loss of their two most creative players, Jonny Howson and Robert Snodgrass, the Whites have had a bad run of form recently, and it would've been quite likely that Simon Grayson would've lost his job had Ross McCormack (11/1 first goal) not scored a 97th minute winner against Burnley last time out.

Now Grayson will hope that win can kick-start their season, and if some funds are put his way he can get some flair players on board and really push-on for the play-offs.

For now, the only real 'flair' player they have is Andros Townsend (16/1), and the on-loan Tottenham man would love nothing better than to help his current club knock out his parent club's arch rivals.

He enjoyed a lively debut against Burnley, and the hope must be for Grayson that he has him and Snodgrass in tandem on either wing, with Howson at the tip of the midfield.

Without these creative players, I fear it could be a long night for the hordes of Leeds fans that make the trip down south, especially if Arsenal strike early.

We have nearly 30 'time of goal' markets, but one that I like the look of is '1st to 15th minute' at 17/10 in the time of 1st goal market, if that does indeed happen then Leeds heads will drop and the floodgates will open at the Emirates.

You can get 11/4 on over 4.5 goals, and also 17/10 on Arsenal -2 goals in the handicap market, it doesn't really matter who the Gunners line-up with, they should still have too much for an injury-ravaged slow Leeds team.

Arsene Wenger will probably rest his top-scorer Robin van Persie, but he has a whole host of attacking options that could occupy a striking berth, I would imagine Marouane Chamakh (7/2) will play, then probably Andrei Arshavin (9/2) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (9/2) will support him on the flanks.

But when you compare the respective squads, Wenger has an embarrassment of riches to choose from up-front, while Grayson has Luciano Becchio (11/1), McCormack and Mikael Forssell (14/1) as recognised strikers.

It all points to a comfortable home win, but this is the cup and anything can happen.



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