9 Jan 2011

Arsenal sneak draw in third round of FA Cup

5:57 am on 9 January 2011

Cesc Fabregas has come off the bench to score a last-minute penalty and earn 10-times winners Arsenal a 1-1 home draw with Championship (second division) side Leeds United in the third round of England football's FA Cup.

Leeds, who beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round a year ago when they were in the third division, looked on course for another upset win after Robert Snodgrass converted a 54th-minute penalty after Max Gradel had been tripped by Denilson.

Arsenal, unbeaten in 28 home FA Cup games since Leeds won at Highbury in 1997, threw on their big names in an effort to save the tie and managed it when one of the substitutes, Theo Walcott, was pulled back by Ben Parker and another, Fabregas, stroked in the spot kick.