Lonergan wary of Gunners' hitmen
Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan says he is relishing the opportunity of testing himself against Arsenal's forward line of 'unbelievable finishers'.
Last Updated: 07/01/12 2:36pm
Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan says he is relishing the opportunity of testing himself against Arsenal's forward line of "unbelievable finishers".
The Whites No.1 - who has only recently returned from a long-term finger injury - could be set for a busy evening at the Emirates in the FA Cup third round on Monday night, especially with returning Gunners legend Thierry Henry set to play some part in the game.
Henry has netted 11 goals in 11 games in all competitions against the Elland Road club and Lonergan is quick to admit the main difference between the top flight and the Championship is the quality of strikers.
"The goals that go in are fantastic in the Premier League and you feel for the keepers because the level of finishing is unbelievable," said Lonergan. "If they get a one-on-one or a chance, they don't think about it, the next thing you know the shot is coming.
"That's the difference between our level and the Premier League. Every league you go up in the difference is always the strikers and we're playing a Champions League team, so the finishing is clinical.
"Henry is probably one of the best players to play in the Premier League, probably the world., He is fantastic and it will be a pleasure to share the pitch with him, hopefully.
"If he plays there will be a lot of attention on him, but there are 10 others who are equally capable of hurting us."
Leeds drew 1-1 at Arsenal in the third round last season before losing the replay, but were less impressive against Premier League opposition in the League Cup this season - losing 3-0 at home to Manchester United.
"We want to give a better account of ourselves than we did against Manchester United - we didn't get near them," added the 28-year-old.
"A big deal has been made of our league position - this gives us a different kind of pressure. We can go and enjoy it a bit more."