Arsenal vs Leeds: Preview and Starting Eleven

After playing four games in ten days in the League, it’s time for the third round of The FA Cup and we start this seasons campaign at the Emirates against Leeds.

This game comes at the right time as we need a breather from Premier League. Also most of our squad needs a rest and our returnees from injury an opportunity to up their match fitness. This in no way means that we should take this match lightly, as it is also one of the trophies that we can win despite tomorrow being just the start of it.

Last season Leeds were very impressive as they surprised United and took Tottenham all the way before bowing out. So we can expect nothing less than a determined approach to the game from them.

Still, I believe that whatever team will be put out , we will be able to get a result in our favor, provided we stick to our game.

For the starting lineup, Wenger has already confirmed that Van Persie and Nasri will be rested for this one and he will make plenty of changes. As far as I can see, it will be a team similar to the one against Wigan.

The back line will comprise of Koscielny and Squillaci, who was absent in the last couple of games. Djourou won’t be risked for this one for sure. As Sagna is suspended, Eboue returns to occupy the right back position and with Gibbs also back in the squad, he will occupy the left back.

Szczesny should start this one at least!!

In the middle, Denilson will return. To partner him I would go with Song, as Wilshere has played in almost all of the last four games. Though, I wouldn’t be surprised if I see him in the starting eleven. Rosicky to occupy the playmaker role.

Upfront, Chamakh should start, and this time we need a performance like he was giving before December. Arshavin and Bendtner to flank him. Last time they didn’t connect well but I hope this time they do.

Probable starting XI: Szczesny, Eboue, Squillaci, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Rosicky, Denilson, Bendtner, Chamakh, Arshavin.

There are reports that Ramsey will also be in the squad, so maybe we will see him later in the game. I hope he does get a few minutes.

As far as the match is concerned, just keep to the way we have played against the likes of Birmingham, Chelsea and City and we will see this through without much fuss. One more thing, kill this game early, as the more we delay in doing it, the more Leeds will believe in getting something out of it.  A repeat of this is what we can avoid if we get a result and that will be one fixture less from the fixtures for January.

A couple of goals will be enough to seal this one and it will be good if we get another clean sheet.

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14 Responses to Arsenal vs Leeds: Preview and Starting Eleven

  1. Steve says:

    Always a good idea to check the Arsenal website before you post – that way you avoid including the players the boss says wont be playing.

  2. True gunner says:

    Craig Eastmond could get a start.

  3. arsene wenger please keep it up let d spirit keep moving i love u all tel d players dat we are fully behind dem ilove u all by 4 now

  4. FoolishgooNer says:

    Good idea steve! Writer didn’t get the memo. No kol mate! The Boss ruled him out. I’m also pretty sure tha JD, and Song won’t play. Eastmond/Rambo in midfield with Denilson and Rosicky. Vela Chamak Arshavin upfront. Nb52 plus Chamak suck together room for only one of them.

  5. Agboola says:

    Killer squad. keep it up mr wenger u are d best coach in d decade

  6. Andri says:

    Donde lo puedo ver en vivo por internet pliz ayudenme

  7. PETER says:

    Wenger shld pls roll out 4rm all arsenal in2 all angles. Whoever is fielded, they shld pls be hungary for goals. We have to take every match serious either home or away, Premiership, Carling, Championship or FA. Go on shooting. Up Gooners!

  8. Gunner4lyf says:

    Wateva the squad is that he picks we know that it will always be stronger then leeds but the question is will we be able to break them up as wilshere sed during the week that all teams dat come to the emirates come with a defensive stratetgy so do not expect Leeds to come out attacking coz they to will be defensive … Best team to watch ARSENAL!!! Cmon Gunners!!!

  9. Babatunde says:

    Baba Ijebu, i believe in you.
    But tell Chamak to put more effort, i love him and warn Eboue not to overlap.

    I love them all.

    I wish them best of lucky.

    Up gunners?

    For Life joo.

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