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Arsenal vs. Leyton Orient: FA Cup fifth round replay match preview

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Kickoff: Wednesday, March 2, 2:45 PM EST
TV Coverage: Fox Soccer Channel, then foxsoccer.tv on delay starting after the match

Arsenal will welcome League One side Leyton Orient to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow for the FA Cup fifth round replay.  The O's secured a 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road with a late equalizer a week and half ago to force the replay.  Manchester United and Old Trafford await the winner.

 

 

The Gunners will come out looking to regain their focus after the defeat in the Carling Cup final to underdogs Birmingham City, but they will be without a number of key players: Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas, and Alex Song are all out for the match, although it is perhaps questionable whether or not they would all have played a part tomorrow in the first place, particularly with the Nou Camp leg of the Barcelona tie in one week and a league fixture against Sunderland at the weekend.

For their part, Orient look likely to be without midfield skipper Steven Dawson, midfielder Jimmy Smith, and Matthew Spring.  Jason Crowe and Jonathan Téhoué should both be available.  Since the match against Arsenal, Orient have played once, drawing 2-2 at Huddersfield in the league.

The match against Manchester United for the winner will take place on Saturday the 12th of March.