Arsenal Vs Leeds | 1-0 | Match Highlights.
Mikel Arteta was pleased to see that his side, Arsenal came victorious on the job in their 1-0 FA Cup win over Leeds, beating a team which he says ‘batters a team every three days’.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 6, 2020
The Gunners were played off the Emirates Stadium pitch at times in the first 45 minutes against the Championship leaders, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side looking far superior.
But Arsenal came back after some choice words from Arteta at the interval, and progressed to face Bournemouth in the fourth round courtesy of a goal from Reiss Nelson.
“Now I’m really pleased but we saw two different teams from the first to second half,” Arteta told reporters.
“I tried to tell them exactly what they were going to face and after 32 minutes we had won one duel, I think. We changed our attitude, desire and organisation at half-time and then we were completely different.
“They had to experience how hard and tough it was going to be and not only did they finish tough we slightly won the game
“I watched a lot of Leeds games and they battered every team every three days. It was good for my players to learn and to suffer on the pitch.
“Thank God, I wasn’t happy at all [after the first half]. If you’re not ready for Leeds, you’ll get exposed.
“To play against Leeds is like going to the dentist. They are a great team and what they’ve built is powerful.
“When I see what I don’t want to see, I cannot be happy and I have to let them know.”
Leeds are currently joint-top of the Championship, ahead of West Brom on goal difference alone but nine points clear of their next-closest competitors.
The team is getting back stronger after previously defeating Manchester united last weekend to a 2-0 victory.
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