The Gunners travel to Leeds United on Saturday in the Premier League looking for three points to underline their Champions League credentials. The home side will try to respond to an embarrassing defeat in their last Premier League clash!
Leeds United will seek to come back from a humiliating 7-0 loss to Manchester City last time out when they play host to Arsenal at Elland Road on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side sank to the club’s joint-heaviest ever league defeat on Tuesday night, which dropped them to 16th place in the EPL. Arsenal climbed into the fourth position a day later, with a triumph over West Ham United.
Scorer of a hat-trick the last time these two sides met in the league, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal banishment is expected to continue for at least another game, amid growing speculation that he could exit the club, following his latest bust-up with boss Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners have managed fine without him so far, though, and Arteta may resist the temptation to tinker too much, as Tuesday’s League Cup tie with Sunderland represents a better opportunity to rest players.
Gabriel Martinelli sustained a knock after netting the opener against West Ham, so Emile Smith Rowe is poised to replace the Brazilian forward.
Leeds’ own injury concerns have only worsened since midweek, with Jamie Shackleton and Daniel James joining the list of absentees due to heel and muscular concerns respectively.
Junior Firpo’s yellow card in the 7-0 defeat means that he is suspended for this match. This Therefore leaves Bielsa without a host of key players.
Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips are among the absentees, as well as other regular first-teamers, Pascal Struijk, Liam Cooper, and Rodrigo Moreno.
There was good news on Robin Koch, though, with Bielsa, confirming that the defender will be ready for Saturday’s match, after recovering from illness.
Arsenal have only won twice on their travels this season, but we are backing them to make it three away wins here. Our prediction is a slim 1-0 Gunners victory, with the goal scored in the second half.
Leeds United possible starting XI:
Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Llorente, Dallas; Klich, Forshaw; Raphinha, Roberts, Harrison; Gelhardt
Arsenal possible starting XI:
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Ødegaard, Smith Rowe; Lacazette