Arsenal hope to stop their run of two successive defeats as Leeds visit the Emirates
Arsenal will attempt to move into the top half of the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon, as they host Leeds United at the Emirates.
Just a single point separates the sides going into the game, with Leeds showing improved form lately, after some questioned whether they were running out of steam over the Christmas period. The Whites come into the clash with three league wins from their last four, including an impressive win over Leicester at the end of January.
Things haven’t been quite as plan sailing for Arsenal recently, as Mikel Arteta’s side have lost their last two games. Defeats on the road to Aston Villa and Wolves have dented their surge towards the top eight, but their run of five games without defeat at home should bring some confidence into the game against Leeds.
Thomas Partey will miss the game after picking up another injury in Arsenal’s last game against Aston Villa, and Kieran Tierney remains sidelined as well. Thomas’s injury wasn’t expected to be bad initially, but scans have highlighted that it’s more serious, while Tierney is still one or two games away from a return from a knee injury.
Bernd Leno is expected to regain his place in the starting XI after suspension for his bizarre handball against Wolves, with Mat Ryan dropping to the bench. David Luiz is also available again after a red card in the same game.
Leeds have struggled with injuries in key areas all season, and are once again set to be without Diego Llorente and Robin Koch in defence. Adam Forshaw, Ian Carlo-Poveda, Gaetano Berardi and Rodrigo are all out with problems as well, and there’s serious doubts over Kalvin Phillips as well.
The influential midfielder is struggling with a calf injury sustained in the win over Crystal Palace, and even though Marcelo Bielsa said no definite decision has been made on him, he’s unlikely to play.
Jack Harrison has scored three goals in his last four games and should continue on the left flank ahead of Ezgjan Alioski, who told Leeds United’s official podcast that he’s relishing playing against Nicolas Pepe again, after the Ivory Coast winger headbutted him earlier this season and was sent off. No love lost this Valentine’s Day.
Arsenal take on Leeds United at the Emirates this Sunday, February 14th. Kick-off is at 4.30pm.