GOOD AFTERNOON FROM THE EMIRATES
Welcome to our live coverage of Arsenal’s home game with Leeds United in the Premier League.
Just one place and one point separate them in the table, but the mood engulfing these two clubs this season couldn’t be more different.
That was certainly the story when they met at Elland Road three months ago. While the game may have ended goalless, United were the far superior side and were only denied success by poor finishing and a goalframe struck three times. Arsenal’s performance, on the other hand, was summed up by Nicolas Pepe’s red card for a petulant headbutt.
It was a Leeds display indicative of their first year back in the top-flight since 2004, and it has been a campaign in which they have continuously excited and exceeded expectation.
Back in the winning way once again, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have chalked up victories in three of their last four matches, and now have their eyes on a top-half finish.
The gloss was taken off their latest triumph, the routine rolling over of Crystal Palace on Monday night, when Kalvin Phillips hobbled off with calf trouble late on. The influential midfielder is now a doubt for the trip to London.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are faltering once more. Having salvaged their season with a seven-game unbeaten run after Christmas, they come into this afternoon following back-to-back defeats – albeit it unfortunate circumstances at Wolves and Aston Villa.
Mikel Arteta will welcome David Luiz and Bernd Leno back after their bans, but Kieran Tierney remains unavailable, and he has been joined in the treatment room by Thomas Partey.
We’ll have confirmation of today’s teams shortly with the kick-off to come in the capital at 4.30pm.
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