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Since the editor in chief is in his car on the way back oop Norf after today's game, I'll take the liberties here.

Following Arsenal's narrow and slightly fortunate F.A. Cup victory over Huddersfield Town this afternoon, we were drawn to play away at Leyton Orient in the 5th Round of the F.A. Cup. Arsene Wenger's men will travel to Tottenham's soon to be local rivals on the weekend commencing 19th February.

The good news omen hunters, is that Arsenal have won all 4 of their F.A. Cup ties against the O's. The bad news is that the last three times we have played them in the Cup, we have gone on to lose the Final- in 1952, 1972 and 1978.

The F.A. are of course intent on convincing us all that the Cup is a proper family competition like. That is until it comes to the rights to print the cup draw in full, at which point they become about as admirable and well moralled as one of Don Corleone's henchmen, so we can't print the whole thing. Not unless I donate them my liver in payment. I would be willing, if only I hadn't already donated my liver to the Jamieson's brewery in County Cork.

Orient typically give up 1,459 tickets for away supporters for league fixtures. I think they'll be exempt from the 15% rule applied to clubs with bigger stadiums in the F.A. Cup. So basically, if you want a ticket, then you'll need a significant amount of away credits.LD.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Sunday January 30 2011
Time: 8:16PM


It's a good draw. This time a League one side even lower in the table than Huddersfield. A chance for some players to get their confidence back perhaps? :)
30/01/2011 20:26:00
The fact that they are lower much lower in the table than Huddersfield is nullified by it being an away tie. Their fans will be absolutely buzzing and create a hostile atmosphere. We should still book our place in the 5th round though.
30/01/2011 23:13:00
I think the Orient ground only holds about 8 or 9 thousand. It can't be that hostile surely. Huddersfield brought half that number to the Emirates. I'm not sure but I think the Ipswich support at the Emirates wouldn't have been far short of that. Not saying they can't make a noise but it's not something that should affect the confidence of any of our less assured players.
30/01/2011 23:45:00
If we all post a fixture each surely that can stick it to the man without infringement? I'll start..... the conquerors of Stratford coldspurts Fulham will play the winner of Bolton/Wigan.
30/01/2011 23:56:00
I was about to post another game in the draw, but a gentleman named "Slasher McGraw" a rap tap tapped on my door at 4 o'clock in the am and removed one of my thumbs.
Little Dutch
31/01/2011 08:05:00
It's a great draw and what I love about the FA Cup. I'm not one of these people who'll have all the bravado claiming we need to beat the best to win the competition. I love these types of games. Though considering how crap we've been against lower league opposition this season it could be quite scarey. But it's a great chance to get through to the quarter finals. I'm not one to wish an easy passage for Man Utd either, but after we were drawn I was hoping Crawley would get them. The FA Cup has been pretty bloody good so far!
31/01/2011 09:28:00
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