Arsenal vs Leeds Match Preview How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
LEEDS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal battles for possession with Cody Drameh of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

After a hard fought 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend, Arsenal come into this game in top form.

Mikel Arteta has also led his side to wins over Manchester United and Chelsea in recent weeks, boosting Arsenal's Champions League hopes.

The Gunner's secured a spot in next season's Europa League with their win against West Ham last week, but Arsenal are still firmly in contention to qualify for the Champions League.

Whilst Arsenal are competing at the summit of the Premier League, their opponents Leeds are in a battle of their own at the other end of the table. 

Jesse Marsch's men currently sit one place above the relegation zone, two points better off than rivals Everton.

The Yorkshire based club have seen their form improve under new American coach Jesse Marsch who took over at the end of February, so far beating Norwich, Wolves and Watford under his tenure.

However, Leeds have lost all five of their away games against the top six sides in the Premier League this season.

  • Previous Meetings

The Gunners ran out 4-1 victors in the reverse fixture at Elland Road in December, with Gabriel Martinelli bagging a brace, as well as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe also chipping in with goals.

The last time Leeds beat Arsenal in the Premier League was all the way back in 2003, where Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp both got on the scoresheet for Arsenal, but goals from Harry Kewell, Ian Harte, and Mark Viduka were enough for Leeds to win 3-2.

LONDON - MAY 4: Dennis Bergkamp of Arsenal scores their second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Highbury on May 4, 2003 in London. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 4: Dennis Bergkamp of Arsenal scores their second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Highbury on May 4, 2003 in London. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)
  • Player to Watch

Brazilian winger Raphinha has been Leeds' danger man this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further three in the Premier league.

Raphinha is a player known for his skills, trickery, and fiery personality, and scored from the penalty spot against the Gunners earlier this season.

The 25-year-old has been subject to a lot of transfer interest from a host of clubs such as Barcelona, which is no surprise for a player of his calibre.

  • Team News

Mikel Arteta will be without Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey for this game, but has issued an update on Benjamin White, who is in contention to play.

Leeds have a far superior injury list - Stuart Dallas is out for a minimum of six months with the femoral fracture he picked up against Manchester City, whilst Tyler Roberts, Adam Forshaw and Crysencio Summerville are all unavailable. 

Patrick Bamford is close to a return from his injury, although it is yet to be seen if the game against Arsenal will be too soon for him. 

Defender Liam Cooper is also set to be in contention to play against the Gunners, recovering from the knock he picked up during the warm up against Manchester City last week.

  • Predicted Lineups

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Tavares, Xhaka, Elneny, Saka, Ødegaard, Martinelli, Nketiah

Leeds XI: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Firpo, Klich, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison, James

  • Where to Watch

The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD in the UK, with kick-off scheduled at 2pm BST.

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