Leeds thrilled with cup draw
Leeds manager Simon Grayson and chairman Ken Bates hailed the FA Cup draw against Arsenal.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 29/11/10 2:56pm
Leeds manager Simon Grayson and chairman Ken Bates hailed the FA Cup draw which sees the Championship side pitted against Arsenal.
The Whites are going along nicely this season following their dramatic promotion from League One last year, and are currently pushing for a play-off place in the second tier.
A number of eye-catching third round ties were pulled out of the hat, with the fixtures taking place on the weekend of January 8th/9th, but Leeds' trip to North London is one of the stand-out games.
The sleeping giants are slowly working their way back up the Football League following relegation from the top-flight in 2004 and crippling debts.
They have never visited the Emirates Stadium and boss Grayson is eagerly anticipating the meeting.
"It's a fantastic draw," he told the club's official website. "Arsenal are one of the best teams in the country and are one of the top footballing teams in Europe.
"I'm sure our supporters will look forward to the game and will sell the full allocation once again.
"It's amazing when you look at the draws we've had and the performances and the support we've had.
"In an 18-month period, we've played Liverpool, Man U, Tottenham, and now Arsenal in the cups which is fantastic for the club and the fans.
"But as I said before the Man U game last season, we have a lot of league games to come before then and that is our focus.
"The players will all want to be involved for the Arsenal game and the league games are so important to us."
Leeds produced the shock of the third round in last year's competition when they heroically beat arch rivals Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Their cup run did, however, derail their league campaign and they went on a woeful run of form before just securing automatic promotion on the final day of the season.
Chairman Bates is similarly delighted with the draw and he hopes the match will be televised.
He told Yorkshire Radio: "We're delighted. We wanted another big game and this is another test of our progress.
"It'll be tremendous. There'll be 60,000 in a fantastic stadium and it'll be a test of how much progress we've made.
"I'm sure Liverpool against Man U will be one of the choices but there are four games so there's a reasonable chance, which would be great because it would be seen around the world.
"It'd be of great benefit to our many fans abroad and for people around the world to see how Leeds United are getting on."