Preview – Leeds United v Arsenal

The Gunners will travel to Elland Road to face Marcelo Bielsa’s side on Sunday. Arsenal will be looking to get all three points after a shocking 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa in London before the international break.

Both sides have had rather mixed form coming into this game, the north Londoners and Yorkshire based side both started the season in rather good form picking up some much needed results, since then Mikel Arteta’s side have had a few spikes of disappointment as have their opponents, despite this Leeds are the team in worse form having picked up two 4-1 losses back to back against Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

Team news

The Gunners will also be missing in-form Mohamed Elneny alongside Bosnian left back Sead Kolasinac who both tested positive for COVID-19 whilst on international duty with their respective nations. Thomas Partey is expected to be available.

The hosts won’t be missing the Spanish forward  Rodrigo as he has completed his quarantine, Kalvin Phillips also looks to return for Leeds after missing Leeds last three games with a shoulder injury. Jamie Shackleton, Diego Llorente and Pablo Hernandez will all be missing for Leeds due to injury.

Predicted lineup

Gabriel, David Luiz and Rob Holding will most likely form a trio with Bellerin and Tierney out wide as the wingbacks whom may take the chance to menace forward if needed.

The gap in midfield left by Elneny could see the return of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos with Joe Willock coming back being a possibility also. Fans would have loved to see Emile Smith Rowe get a call up but he was used in Arsenal’s under 23 match as he still looks to get fully match fit.

In the final third, I would love to see Aubameyang down the middle with Pépe on the right and Saka out left, but with Saka being fatigued from his duties with England, it seems very likely we will see a front three of Aubameyang on the left, Lacazette down the middle and Willian or Pepe out on the right, this is dependent on what has happened with the Willian-Dubai situation.

Match Prediction

I can see this being a very cagey affair for the first half with Leeds putting pressure on the Gunners for the majority of the first 45 minutes due to Marcelo Bielsa’s hard working system. I can then see Arsenal coming out of their shell in the second-half as they look to grab hold of all three points, the away side will begin to put a lot of pressure on and finally breakthrough with a goal from their number fourteen and seeing it out for the crucial three points.

Prediction: Leeds 0-1 Arsenal



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