Arsenal v Leeds Confirmed Team News & Predicted XI with key absentee

Arsenal will play host to Leeds United at the Emirates this afternoon, but look set to be without Ben White from the starting line-up.

The Gunners had to play without the England international last weekend, with Rob Holding delivering at both ends of the field in his place, and it looks like it will be an unchanged back line.

While Mikel Arteta claimed that White was in contention to feature depending on how he trained on Saturday, the pictures from our training session yesterday didn’t show the defender as present.

The boss did tell Arsenal Media that both Bukayo Saka and Takehiro Tomiyasu should also be fine to feature also, despite picking up knocks during the win over West Ham, and I expect that means that both will be in the starting line-up.

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Tomiyasu Holding Gabriel Tavares
Elneny Xhaka
Martinelli Odegaard Saka

While the likes of Cedric Soares, Emile Smith Rowe or Alexandre Lacazette could all be in with a shout also, I feel like the boss will be looking to make as few changes as possible to his line-up as we close in a fourth place finish.

Spurs draw yesterday means that we simply must win today, to give us a four-point advantage before having to face them in the North London Derby on Thursday.

Do you think the boss could look to rotate some players ahead of the NLD in midweek?


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  1. We have to be very careful today, a potential banana skin, win we go four points clear, making the NLD a must game for St Tottering Day and CL

  2. All I want today is 3points, I don’t care how we get it…play ugly and win me the 3points…COYG….

  3. 3 points required today by whatever means necessary to go 4points clear heading to Spurs Thursday and 1point behind Chelsea for 3rd spot with 3 games to go.

    1. I like the way you are defining the need of 3points today!
      This is the win we need the most and a draw to NLD will help us have at least 50% of confidence of 4th place

      1. I have been up all morning as I am really nervous/excited for this game. This is a must win for so many reasons, personal one also being my dad is a Leeds man.

        Nothing but 3points to go play freely on Thursday and start scaring Chelsea abit looking behind them!!

  4. No one desires playing relegation threatened team.

    You know…..a man trapped in a swamp draggs any thing around him down with him, in his quest to be pulled out.

    This is what this fixture looks like…..I don’t see us keeping a clean sheet cos Leeds are fierce in attack, BUT CONCEDES ALOT


  5. This is a massive game today for both clubs.

    We should have nothing less than 3 points to take us into the NLD.

    If we are prepared to run a lot today I can’t see why we can’t get the win but if we don’t Leeds will be all over us.

    I’m more nervous about this game than the NLD.

    I just hope we turn up.


  6. Our Home Support need to play their part. We cannot have nervous supporters. It does not help the players at all. We need 100 minutes support Non Stop!!! COYG!!

  7. Anyone taking any notice of the women’s league. Half time scores West Ham 0 Arsenal 0,, Chelsea 1 Manchester United 2. Arsenal are dominating with 63% possession,, but wasting set pieces. Actually it’s 2-2 in other match. Aussie Sam Kerr just scored. Being an Aussie, it’s the only time I don’t support her. Arsenal vs Leeds has me very concerned. And North London Derby even more worrying

    1. Chelseas equaliser was a cracker too! Keeper could’ve done better but what a strike on the volley. 3-2 up now, Arsenal ladies look set to miss out on the title.

  8. It’s so funny you know Sue. Australia have so many classy women playing in the English and various European leagues, they never achieve at international level. Failed miserably in the recent Asian Cup. And they can’t quite mix it with the USA. But then, the Australian coach has alot to do with that.

  9. Arsenal were playing well against Leeds until we allowed them to get back into the game with the goal. That is a weakness of our game – we often seem to gift our opposition a way back into the game and put ourselves under pressure..

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