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Orient's unlikely FA Cup hero

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Chris Bevan | 22:33 UK time, Sunday, 20 February 2011

Brisbane Road

He had been patiently fielding questions from dozens of journalists who knew next to nothing about him, so no wonder the FA Cup's newest hero, Leyton Orient striker Jonathan Tehoue, was not in the least bit surprised when he was told that Arsene Wenger hadn't heard of him either - well not before his last-gasp equaliser against the Gunners anyway.

There cannot be many French footballers that Wenger's famed encyclopedic knowledge of the game does not cover but, to be fair to the Arsenal boss, Tehoue's own manager at Orient, Russell Slade, was not completely clued up on the 26-year-old striker either.

Slade was unable to clarify when quizzed about Tehoue's (now corrected) Wikipedia entry, which had him down as the cousin of Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue. Tehoue himself had to clear that one up (they are good friends and share Ivorian heritage but are not related).

It turns out Tehoue also hangs around with a few of the sizeable French contingent in the Gunners squad - he is mates with Abou Diaby and has known Alex Song since they played at SC Bastia together. Perhaps one of them could have warned Wenger about what he is capable of, because he certainly knows all about him now.

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Cup magic is in the numbers for Orient

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Chris Bevan | 09:56 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011

Nothing sums up the contrasting emotions of anyone connected with Leyton Orient at the moment better than the two back-to-back press conferences that were held at their Brisbane Road home on Wednesday.

One minute, charismatic Orient chairman Barry Hearn was kissing the FA Cup trophy and admitting he was "giddy" about the prospect of the League One side's fifth-round tie against Arsenal on Sunday. The next, he was glumly talking about the "grave implications" for the future of his club if, as now seems likely, West Ham move into the Olympic Stadium a few yards up the road after the 2012 Games.

It's not hard to see why Hearn, a trained accountant who admits he "loves a spreadsheet" is so excited about the former and agitated by the latter because, if you wanted to, you could boil both issues down into what they mean in hard cash.

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