Arsenal limped into the international break with an insipid 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa. The Gunners resume their Premier League campaign today against newly promoted Leeds United. Marcelo Bielsa’s side play an exciting, attacking brand of football that has seen them involved in several goal-fests already this season. They can score in bunches, but they also concede in bunches.
For me, my focus will be on the Arsenal attack. I will be looking to see whether Mikel Arteta has made any adjustments to the formation or the play patterns to try to bust his side out of their offensive slump. It might be a chicken-egg situation, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being mired in one of the worst league goal droughts of his career can’t be helping things. Or maybe it’s the poor offensive setup that’s got him into a dry spell. Either way, the Gunners need more chances, shots, and goals.
Arsenal are without Thomas Partey (thigh), Mohamed Elneny (COVID-19), Sead Kolasinac (COVID-19), Pablo Mari (ankle), Calum Chambers (knee), and Gabriel Martinelli (knee). The good news is Chambers played with the U21’s earlier this week, so he looks to be getting closer to a return. The better news is that Gabriel Martinelli has progressed to joining his teammates in some of the group work in training, even though he’s not yet a full practice participant.
Leeds have midfielder Kalvin Phillips back in contention after he’d missed a few weeks with a shoulder injury. Attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez has a slight knock that will keep him out on Sunday. Centerback Diego Llorente is still out for Bielsa’s side; he is still yet to make his Leeds debut. England youth international Jamie Shackleton is also out.
Arsenal - Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Ceballos, Pepe, Willock, Willian, Aubameyang
The team news is in!— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 22, 2020
@Joewillock comes into midfield
⛔️ @RobHolding95 partners @biel_m04
Granit joins @DaniCeballos46#LEEARS
Leeds - Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Raphinha, Harrison, Bamford
WHAT: Arsenal at Leeds United
WHERE: Elland Road
WHEN: Sunday, November 22nd 8:30 AM PT | 11:30 AM ET | 4:30 PM BT
US TV: NBCSN. Stream here.
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