Arsenal v Leeds Build-up & Predicted Score for Pepe-Alioski reunion

Arsenal will play host to Leeds this evening, where Nicolas Pepe and Alioski will meet for the first time after their previous clash.

The Ivory Coast international was sent off for violent conduct, as he was deemed to have thrown his head forward in the motion of a head butt, having confronted Gjanni Alioski, and our side had to play out the remainder of the match with only 10-men.

The match had already been highly intense, a real hard-working performance from both sides, but the decision gave The Whites the advantage. They struck the post, and had Bernd Leno hard at work, but the deadlock wasn’t to be broken.

Arsenal will be keen to put that performance behind them, but don’t have the best form to fall back on going into this fixture again.

We are winless in our last three, with three defeats in our last five fixtures, and just the one win over Southampton in the league during that time.

Leeds come into the clash with very good form however, having won three of their last five, and currently sit just above us in the table.

Arsenal will need to be fully aware of the high intensity game that they will be facing today, with a strong physical battle expected to come from the kick-off.

I’m sure Mikel Arteta will have a strong idea of what to expect, and will likely have his own ideas on how to stop them, although we will likely miss having Thomas Partey in the middle of the park as stated in our confirmed team news earlier today.

I can’t say that I’m full of confidence at present, but I can’t be expecting anything less than a win. I’ll go with a 2-1 win, and feel like Bukayo Saka will make up for his miss in the reverse fixture by getting on the scoresheet today.

What are your early predictions for today’s match?

Patrick

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  1. Godswill says:

    Three full points if we complete the game with 11 men.

  2. Twig says:

    Lacazette
    Pepe Odegaard Saka
    Xhaka Ceballos
    Tierney Luiz Holding Bellerin
    Leno

    1. jon fox says:

      Tierney is definitely unfit!

      1. Twig says:

        My mistake! He’s back to training next week. Can’t wait to have him back 🙂

  3. Danny says:

    2-1 Leeds Arteta last game as Arsenal manager thank god!!

    1. Vinnie2000 says:

      Lol😃,, Why do you have to say that?? Arsenal getting the points, mate!!..
      Arsenal 2 Leeds Utd 1

      1. Twig says:

        Arsenal 9 Leeds Utd 1

        Keep the faith!

    2. Declan says:

      Fanny, possibly correct score, but very wrong outcome.

      1. Declan says:

        Oops, bloody spell check 😜

  4. Perry ames says:

    No way arteta will get sacked if we lose today

  5. Reggie says:

    No excuses, we are trying to head off the start of a bad run, we need a win ugly or impressive. It doesn’t matter how but we have to be beating teams in mid table, we also have to play more progressive football that we are doing.

  6. Illiterate says:

    4 – 1 to Arsenal fc.
    One to Saka
    Two to Laca
    One to Xhaka

  7. Declan says:

    Good to see Ødegaard starting but defence looks iffy to say the least.

  8. Goonerboy says:

    Technically gifted players gliding into half spaces, combining and creating chances. Vintage Arsenal!

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