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The Race to the Finish Begins for Mikel Arteta’s Side | Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Line-up – Arsenal vs Leeds United

Arsenal vs Leeds United

We take a look at the team news as Arsenal host a Leeds United team that have displayed a recent resurgence in their battle against relegation. The Gunners are currently at the top of the Premier League table with an eight-point lead over second-placed Man City and only 10 games left to play.

In their latest game against Crystal Palace, the Gunners demonstrated their attacking prowess, with Gabriel Martinelli creating the opening goal and Bukayo Saka scoring twice as they convincingly won 4-1. Granit Xhaka also put his name on the scoreboard, assisted by Leandro Trossard.

Bukayo Saka, Patrick Bamford, Arsenal, Leeds United
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Meanwhile, despite a recent run of good form, the Peacocks still sit in 14th place with just 26 points, and they remain in danger of getting relegated. They will be hoping to maintain their form and secure a positive result against the league leaders.

Injury/Suspension List:

Arsenal will be missing Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu for the rest of the season due to surgery, while there are doubts over the fitness of William Saliba and Thomas Partey. The Japanese sustained an injury during the Gunners’ Europa League game against Sporting CP after stretching too far for a tackle on Francisco Trincao.

Kieran Tierney is also a doubt due to a calf injury sustained during the international break. Eddie Nketiah is unlikely to recover from his ankle injury for the game against Leeds United, and the Arsenal medical staff are hard at work once again.

William Saliba
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Meanwhile, Emile Smith Rowe has had a season plagued with injuries, starting with a groin issue that kept him out for a significant portion of the campaign, followed by a thigh strain during his rehabilitation. The 22-year-old has since returned and has been included in the Gunners’ matchday squad for the last five Premier League games.

Javi Gracia’s side have also been affected by injuries during the international break, with Wilfried Gnonto and Maximilian Wober both picking up knocks while on international duty. Tyler Adams has undergone surgery for a hamstring injury and will be out for a while.

On the other hand, Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw are already on the long-term absentee list, and Luis Sinisterra and Pascal Struijk could be called upon to address the team’s recent fitness concerns.

Player To Watch Out For – Junior Firpo

Junior Firpo is a talented left-back, known for his quick pace, strength, and technical skills. One of his most notable skills is his dribbling ability. He is adept at running at defenders and making quick changes in direction to open up space and create opportunities for his teammates. His excellent ball control coupled with his skilled dribbling allow him to weave in and out of defenders with ease, and he is not afraid to take on multiple opponents at once.

Junior Firpo
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In addition to his dribbling, the 26-year-old is also a solid defender. His pace and athleticism enable him to recover quickly when caught out of position, and he is tenacious in his pursuit of the ball. He is also an excellent tackler, with the ability to make well-timed challenges to break up opposing attacks.

However, Firpo’s attacking abilities are not limited to his dribbling skills. He is also an excellent crosser of the ball and can deliver pinpoint crosses into the box from a variety of angles. His crossing ability makes him a valuable asset in attacking set-pieces, as he can swing the ball into dangerous areas and create goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates.

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Arsenal Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Aaron Ramsdale (GK); Ben White (RB), Rob Holding (CB), Gabriel (CB), Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB); Granit Xhaka (CM), Thomas Partey (CM); Bukayo Saka (RW), Martin Odegaard (CAM), Gabriel Martinelli (LW); Gabriel Jesus (ST).

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Predicted Score:

Arsenal 2-1 Leeds United

Arsenal have been affected by injuries to some key players, compounded during the break due to international fixtures, but they still have a formidable starting lineup that should be too strong for Leeds United. The Gunners are expected to display their vibrancy and sharpness against their opponents.

The Whites have displayed resilience in their fight against relegation and are currently sitting outside of the bottom-three. However, a loss to Mikel Arteta’s side could jeopardize their position in the league table, particularly if other teams below them collect points.

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