Leeds United v Arsenal: Nasri shatters Whites' cup dream

Arsenal duo Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas targeted FA Cup glory after their third-round replay win at Leeds.

Nasri's early goal set Arsenal on their way to a 3-1 victory completed by Bacary Sagna and substitute Robin van Persie, despite Bradley Johnson's blockbuster for Leeds.

After struggling against Leeds at home, and having been embarrassed at Ipswich in the Carling Cup last week, this was a far more comfortable ride for Arsene Wenger's side.

France international Nasri said: "We wanted to start really strongly. We scored after five minutes and tried to play our game even though the pitch was a little difficult.

"We want to win every competition and this cup is really important to us."

The Gunners remain in contention for success in four different competitions this season and club captain Fabregas echoed his midfield partner's sentiments.

"As Samir said, we want to go all the way in every competition," he added.

"We didn't know too much about (Leeds) but they played very, very well at the Emirates.

"But we were much superior to them. They were dangerous for a spell after they scored but Arsenal played fantastic football."

Johnson, who was released by Arsenal as a 15-year-old, and made his way to Leeds via non-league football, Cambridge and Northampton, will not have hit a more glorious shot in his life as he gave Leeds some hope by pulling it back to 2-1 before the break.

Johnson struck with his left foot from 30 yards out and the ball screamed into the top right corner with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny clawing at thin air.

"We are disappointed but we gave them a good run for their money again and we'll take a lot of positives from it, said Johnson.

And on his spectacular goal he added: "I've scored from outside the box before and I've been told if I get the opportunity, shoot because they know I can do that.

"But we lost the game so it doesn't count for anything really."