Arsenal have already made hard work of knocking out lower league opposition on two occasions in this season’s FA Cup and they may also need a replay if they want to advance past Leyton Orient in the fifth round.
Arsene Wenger’s team have not been eliminated from the FA Cup by a team from the third tier of English football since 1992, while Wenger has never been knocked out by a team from outside the Premier League.
Arsenal’s betting odds are understandably short at 3/10 to beat Leyton Orient and they have won eight of their last nine games in all competitions.
However, there are numerous reasons to believe that Orient are capable of getting something from the game.
They have already dumped high-flying Championship sides Norwich and Swansea out of the competition and are unbeaten in their last 11 games.
Furthermore, they have not lost in 14 fixtures at home.
Meanwhile, there is every chance that Arsenal will struggle to get up for the game after their victory over Barcelona and the fact that they are still involved in four competitions may take its toll on the squad.
Johan Djourou is set to miss out with a back injury and the fact that he was absent for the second-half capitulation against Newcastle is seen by some as the reason that Arsenal threw away a 4-0 lead.
Orient are 8/1 in the FA Cup betting to beat Arsenal, while the draw may be the best value at 9/2.
Arsenal needed a last-gasp penalty to secure a replay against Championship side Leeds in the third round and then required another late spot-kick to struggle past Orient’s fellow League One side Huddersfield in the last round.
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