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Leeds United vs Arsenal: Match Preview

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After a shocking loss, Leeds United will now host Arsenal in the Premier League. Manager Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping for a reply from his side that lost 7-0 away to Manchester City.

Arsenal on the other hand is coming to the match after an impressive 2-0 victory over West Ham United. The Gunner will hope to walk away with all three points against a Leeds side that is struggling this season.

Leeds currently are sitting 16th in the Premier League table and is winless in their last three matches in the league. Arsenal however has been able to push themselves to the top four with consistent results, which they will be keen to continue.

LEEDS UNITED VS ARSENAL: TEAM NEWS AND INJURIES

For the home side, injuries have been a constant issue this season. Daniel James and Jamie Shackelton became the latest to join the injury list. Junior Firpo will also miss out against the Gunners after picking up a suspension for his 5th yellow card.

Leeds will also be without their other key players. This includes the likes of Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Rodrigo Moreno and Pascal Struijk.

Arsenal is also having their issues in the squad. The future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in doubt after being stripped of the captaincy from him earlier this week. He is set to be out of the squad due to the disciplinary actions taken against him by the club.

Other absentees from the club include Sead Kolasinac and Bernd Leno. Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah could return to the side, but might only feature on the bench. Gabriel Martinelli is also a doubt after picking up a knock in their match against West Ham United.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS AND PREDICTIONS

Leeds United: Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Stuart Dallas; Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw; Raphinha, Tyler Roberts, Jack Harrison; Joe Gelhardt

Arsenal: Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Benjamin White, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Alexandre Lacazette

PREDICTIONS: Leeds United 1 – 2 Arsenal

Though Leeds United have been poor this season, they are still decent at home. The Peacocks have only lost twice this season at home. While Arsenal looks to be the better team of the two, Gunners have only won two of their away matches this season.

Injury has been a setback for Leeds but a response from their humiliating defeat to Manchester City is expected on Saturday. Arsenal has been defensively solid, keeping 8 clean sheets in the league. It won’t be easy for Leeds to take points away from their visitors.

However, the most important talking point going into the match will be the ongoing Covid situation. Omicron, the Covid-19 variant has been spreading very fastly in the UK, increasing the number of cases. This has also impacted the Premier League with plenty of players and staff testing positive.

5 of the 10 matches to be held this weekend has been called off. With more teams getting affected, there is uncertainty in whether the matches will go forward. It will be a long wait before the match to see if it will be played or not.

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