Thursday, February 29

Arsenal vs Leeds United: Preview

For the first time since2004, on Sunday, Arsenal host Leeds United in the Premier League. Just one point and one position separate the two sides in the Premier League table. Visitors head to the 10th-sitting Emirates Stadium in the table and with a game in hand over their hosts.

Arsenal host Leeds to North London for a top-flight meeting the last time since 2004. A 1-0 loss last weekend at Villa Park ensures that only the bottom four of the league have failed to score in more games this season than Arsenal. And their form does not bode well going into a possible season-defining time. Six of Arsenal’s next seven league matches are against teams currently above them in the table.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men have won three of their last four games to ascend the table with a game in hand above Arsenal. And another Sunday victory will see them secure three consecutive top-flight away wins for the first time since August 2002. Leeds are definitely capable of pouring more misery on Arsenal but they are equally capable of dropping to another loss.

Their inconsistency is laid bare in the Premier League table as far as results are concerned. Whatever the outcome, Leeds are always entertaining. And it would be warmly welcomed for any promoted club to step four points clear of Arsenal with a game in hand over the Gunners at this stage of the campaign.

Arsenal will be without Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey again. While Bielsa will have to look for Philips as he faces late fitness test. Diego Llorente, Rodrigo Moreno, Robin Koch, Pablo Hernandez, Ian Poveda-Ocampo, Adam Forshaw and Gaetano Berardi all still sidelined too.

Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Cedric; Ceballos, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Leeds United possible starting lineup: Meslier; Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Alioski; Shackleton; Raphinha, Dallas, Klich, Harrison; Bamford

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