Arsenal v Leeds United preview: Team news, ones to watch, predicted line ups, and how to watch.
Leeds United's Macedonian midfielder Ezgjan Alioski and Arsenal's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney clash after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on November 22, 2020. (Photo by Michael Regan / POOL / AFP)

The Gunners are back at home this Sunday evening after back to back away losses, encountering an impressive Leeds United.

Last week was dreadful for Mikel Arteta's side. A loss to Wolverhampton Wonderers and Aston Villa in the space four days, dismantled Arsenal's unbeaten run, leaving them in 11th place.

Whereas for Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa's side will travel to the Emirates in good spirit.

Currently sitting a place above Arsenal, Leeds will look to continue their winning ways, after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday.

A win for either side will put them on the right track for a top half finish. Three points for Arsenal will push them above Leeds into 10th by two points.

However, success in North London for the Peacocks will allow them to continue their climb away from Arsenal.

Team news

The Gunners will have two huge blows to their side this weekend.

Summer signing Thomas Partey has had a fantastic run of games, however the Ghanaian will miss Sunday's clash due to a hamstring injury.

The midfielder came off against Aston Villa last week, and annoyingly for Gooners, will miss out again. Arteta does not expect Partey to return swiftly.

The outstanding Scotsman that is Kieran Tierney will also be absent due to a leg injury. Arsenal are hoping that he will return to training next week.

On the bright side, David Luiz and Bernd Leno, who both earned red cards against Wolves, will return to the first team squad after serving their suspensions.

For Leeds United, a handful of players will miss out.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been doubted for this weekend due to a calf injury picked up on Monday. The Englishman will be assessed before travelling to London.

Attacking Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez will also not be included in the travelling squad due to muscle strains.

Diego Llorente will miss out again due to a muscle strain, as well as Ian Poveda with an ankle injury. Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi will also be absent, both having knee injuries.

Ones to watch

Arsenal: Nicolas Pepe

The Ivorian is starting to come to his senses in recent games. Although the winger has still not lived up to his monster price tag, Pepe has performed admirably in recent weeks.

His confidence is beginning to shine through onto this Arsenal team. Pepe has scored twice in four games, against Southampton and Wolves, both in spectacular fashion.

His composure, agility, pace, and shooting has really come to Arsenal's aid. Pepe is starting to show what he is really made of.

This weekend is a huge opportunity for the Ivorian to display is abilities to Arsenal fans, as well as Arteta.

Leeds United: Patrick Bamford

The Englishman has certainly been impressive, and will be huge a threat to Arteta's back-line. 

Bamford's goal last week was his 12th of the season, more than any other Arsenal player. His partnership with winger Raphinha has been praised by boss Bielsa, and has proved to be dangerous.

His goal scoring threat is one, but his contribution to build up play and bringing the team together is another, becoming an important part to this Leeds side.

The striker's recent performances has speculated a potential international appearance for the 27 year old. Bielsa has urged Bamford for consistent performances, and will for sure be kept under close supervision on Sunday.

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Cedric; Xhaka, Ceballos; Pepe, Smith-Rowe, Saka; Lacazette.

Leeds United: Meslier; Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Struijk; Raphinha, Dallas, Harrison, Shackelton, Klich; Bamford.

Head to head

Sunday's visit to the Emirates will be Leed's fourth, with the previous three being in the FA Cup (D1, L2).

In all competitions, Arsenal are unbeaten against Leeds in their last eight games, winning six and drawing twice. Their last defeat was in May 2003.

Leeds have also failed to score against Arsenal under Bielsa. They are the only team that the Argentine has failed to score against after more than one game.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 27 home matches against promoted teams (W23, D4) since losing against West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle in the 2010/11 season.

Where to watch

Arsenal v Leeds will be available to watch on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, Kick Off time at 4:30pm.

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