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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/leeds-united/8248317/FA-Cup-draw-at-Arsenal-shows-that-Leeds-United-are-still-famous-and-belong-back-in-the-Premier-League.html

FA Cup draw at Arsenal shows that Leeds United are still famous and belong back in the Premier League

Those of us gathered at the Emirates on Saturday were presented with another stirring reminder that Leeds United are only on loan to the Football League.

Leeds United will be back in the Premier League one day, playing at the Emirates on an annual basis. The size and passion of their support and the quality of individuals like Robert Snodgrass will continue to lift them up.

Most importantly, their ambitious manager Simon Grayson has the drive, nous and level-headedness to keep Leeds marching on together, marching on upwards.

The club’s colossal support, 9,000 of whom had brought a real atmosphere to the Emirates, may need to rework their chant of “we’re not famous any more”, even if it is sung with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Leeds will always be famous, just occasionally off the national radar. The FA Cup provides an opportunity to show they are still here, still believing.

At the final whistle, Grayson’s men went over to salute those chorusing “we’re Leeds and we’re proud of it”. Not for the first time, Snodgrass led the way across Arsenal’s lush lawn, walking to the corner to applaud the jubilant crowd. Alex Bruce strode through the middle, ripping off his sweat-stained shirt and launching it into the writhing throng.

Leeds captain Jonny Howson was also stripped to the waist, the armband now clamped around a bicep, the midfielder finally able to draw breath after his immense efforts. As he led his players towards the tunnel, Howson glanced up, slightly surprised, to find row upon row of Arsenal fans had remained behind to clap Leeds off.

The refreshing attitude suffusing Leeds has been reflected elsewhere this season. Ian Holloway’s Blackpool have taken the Premier League by surprise, attacking relentlessly. If Leeds follow Grayson’s old club up into the Premier League, they would undoubtedly continue to abide by such positive principles.

Grayson is like Holloway, a real football man driven by a desire for his team to work hard and entertain. Before Leeds emerged from their well-appointed dressing room, Grayson told his charges “do yourself proud”. No regrets. Go for it.

And they did. Kasper Schmeichel, Howson and company gave everything, seizing the lead through Snodgrass’ penalty and resisting the rising red tide until the class of Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas eventually told. Any tinge of frustration at the denouement lasted only a moment in Leeds hearts. The delight at the draw, at getting such aristocrats back to Elland Road, was voiced long and loud.

Hearing a noise above them, a few hundred Leeds fans immediately looked up to the corporate section on the tier above. Soon thousands were pointing and waving to the smart seats, where a handful of Leeds supporters were unveiling a club flag. It felt the friendliest of invasions.

Not famous any more? No chance. Not with so many strong people dragging them back towards the promised land. Leeds’ performance here was a reminder of the quality that can be found outside the Premier League.

From back to front, Leeds’ players did their club proud, also delivering a display that was in the rich tradition of FA Cup endeavour. Schmeichel and Bruce excelled in frustrating Arsenal.

Snodgrass particularly caught the eye. Although lacking electric pace, the 23 year-old undeniably possesses the technical calibre and invention to threaten leading defences, whether through the middle initially here or then out wide as Grayson cunningly set Arsenal more challenges.

Snodgrass shone against Tottenham last season and Andrea Dossena’s Liverpool career never recovered from his mauling by the Scot at Elland Road. Arsenal will not find it straightforward in Yorkshire next week

Good journalist is Henry Winter.

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Great match lads, ye should be very proud. Unreal fans, Unreal stadium and a great club all round. Can't wait for ye to get back to the Prem ,where Leeds belong, so we can play ye more often.

Very relieved to get that win, bragging rights over my brother too so I'm a happy lad:D

Well done anyway lads, put up a great fight.

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Fans were great, first time I've ever seen East stand start a song, or West Stand stand up! Quietest moment of the game was the 2 seconds that Bradley Johnson's strike was in the air. It all fell quiet, mental strike, then it hit the back of the net.

Totally outplayed and I would have started Somma not Paynter. Gradel, quality as ever but when you move the ball as well as they do we're always going to struggle. Every single player of theirs was faster than every single player of ours, barring Bendtner and Gradel respectively.

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Very proud of our players today, worked their socks off. Maxi never stopped running. We fared better than some Premiership teams and just as well as most against a top side. Blackpool lost 6-0 to these ffs.

Main thing is we can now focus 100% on the league. And with no more cups, and having not missed any fixtures due to the weather, we actually have the upper hand in terms of fixture congestion.

Portsmouth on Saturday, can't wait. By far the more important match of the two.

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He's at the Copa Americana with Honduras' date=' it's the semi-finals tonight. Honduras play El Salvador.

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Nunez scoring in the quarter-final

nice goal , but surely it hasnt taken months and months for this Copa?.

Was he injured before that cos i see he's only been involved in a couple games for leeds being a sub alot aswell

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There is no need for the use of a capital M at the beginning of the word "miles".

If only your grammar was as good as your geography:D:D:D;)

There are 1760 yards in a mile but 1761 yards in a Mile, didn't you Know that? :)

If you know, then you know something. If you Know, you Know a lot & if you KNOW you KNOW IT ALL :)

ALL ...... :eek:

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I take credit in 'reviving' it and will look to troll it more often for you;)

Sorry with the late comment lads but I was too busy viewing us go joint top of the Premier League table this afternoon.

Losing to Derby away.

In the Championship.

And selling us Cantona, Smith and Ferdinand.

Shame:p:D

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