Following their bruising 3-0 loss to Aston Villa, Arsenal should get back on the right track against a Leeds United side who have already caused a host of problems to ‘Big Six’ opponents this season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side pushed Liverpool thrillingly near on the opening weekend of the season and claimed an impressive draw against Manchester City, can they go one better when Arsenal trip to Elland Road?
Here is how you’ll watch the match and what to realize:
Leeds vs ArsenalDate: Sunday, Nov. 22 Time: 11:30 ETLocation: Elland Road — Leeds, EnglandTV: NBCSNLive stream: FuboTV (try for free)Odds: Leeds +220; Draw +260; Arsenal +120 (via William Hill Sportsbook)Storylines
Leeds: Two 4-1 defeats in a row intent the highlight will inevitably shine harshly on Leeds’ defence although Illan Meslier performed slightly admirably in losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester City. The reality is there is only such a lot he can do when per game the players in front of him are allowing 14 shots on their goal, the fourth highest number in the top flight.
No team cedes possession more often than Leeds, whose opponents have retrieved the ball 57.25 times per 90. The newly-promoted side give the ball absent a lot and are unable to stop shots on their goal – that isn’t a recipe for a large number of clean sheets.
Ollie Watkins celebrates his goal for Aston Villa in a 3-0 win over Arsenal
Arsenal: The question is if Mikel Arteta can or will even look to exploit those vulnerabilities in the Leeds defense. Arsenal are some of the league’s most conservative sides this season and before their shock loss to Aston Villa gave the look to be on the top flight’s more solid defenses.
The price of that is that they’ve struggled to receive their best players into shooting positions, especially Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has had just 10 shots in eight games, a tally bettered by defenders Harry Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bukayo Saka.
Arteta insists on playing his star forward wide on the left, a decision that might make sense whether Alexandre Lacazette were on form. With the France striker so bereft of confidence, alternatively, apparently perverse to leave Aubameyang so far from the action.
Neither team has looked entirely convincing of late and both will be eager to lay to rest the defensive demons that would have plagued them during the last fortnight. This can be a game where both sides look to retain it protected and as this sort of 1-1 draw feels eminently imaginable.