Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Gunners unchanged again, Leno returns to bench: Leeds v Arsenal team news

Arsenal take on Leeds at Elland Road this evening, looking to improve on away form which has been a bit sketchy this season.

Here are the official line-ups.

Leeds: Meslier, Drameh, Ayling, Koch, Dallas, Klich, Forshaw, Raphinha, Roberts, Harrison, Gebhardt

Subs: Klaesson, Moore, Kenneh, Jenkins, Bate, McCarron, Gray, Summerville, Greenwood

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Holding, Chambers, Tavares, Cedric, Elneny, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Nketiah

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Corona X

“Never change a winning team”. Harsh on ESR though! COYG!


Happy with that team (minus Xhaka). Against a weakened Leeds we need 3 points today!


Never thought I’d ever say this as an Arsenal fan since the 60s of “dirty Leeds” but I feel sorry for them.

How can Spuds/ Manure/Leicester et al get games called off for a few Covid cases but Leeds have to play with a mass of genuine injuries and a 15 year old on the bench???


Because you can’t catch a hamstring injury by being close to someone


Would be unfair to piggyback on a protocol for comfort, you can’t mix the two scenarios together

Nainsley Aitland Miles

They could have called Robbie Fowler seeing as they’re probably still paying his wages.


A massive massive 3pt opportunity on a weakened Leeds side!! I hope our young lads recognize this. They need to go for it from the blast of the whistle! COYG !


Would be a great game for Pepe to get a look in.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Only if we get to 2-0 or 3-0 up. He’ll start against Sunderland though.


Weird that Sambi isn’t on the bench. 3 full back options, but no Maitland Niles

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Lokonga tested positive for Covid.

Bad timing (from a football perspective of course) as he almost certainly would have played the Sunderland game.

Get well soon, Sambi.




he has covid :/


It’s not unreasonable to imagine we may have players unavailable because of the virus too.


Feel sorry for Smith-Rowe.

Utterly bizarre that we’re the only PL game on a Saturday afternoon.

This is it: it’s time to show that we can go away and play well and win. If we can then I’ll believe that we’ve turned the corner with Arteta.

Another Everton/United performance and he should go.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

No, this is Arsenal not Watford.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Xhaka, yep, that’s great.

Would be nice to go one match without one of these posts. 🙂


Worried by the zero rotation. The team played one of its (if not the) best but also most physically high intensity games only 2 days ago and the only thing you can guarantee from Leeds is a physically high intensity game…

Nainsley Aitland Miles

I’m not worried at all. We haven’t had European football this season and most – if not all – of the starters today will have 8 days rest after this game.


In the Europa League era it was pretty much exclusively a fully rotated B team that would play in Europe so the main squad didn’t really suffer from it. But there will always be fatigue to overcome with a 2 day turnaround between matchdays. The festive fixture list is just brutal on players.

Mayor of the Woolwich

Don’t fix it if it is not broken!

Let smash them Peacocks.


Brady’s bunch

Win this and I think we’re top 4 for Christmas been a while since that happened

We’re already guaranteed top 4 for Christmas because West Ham and Man United games got postponed.


It’s a Christmas miracle! 🎄

Sammy Nelsons Arse

Watching Liverpool TV and Souness says Laca hasn’t had a shot. How does he account for goal against Saints !!!


Why on earth would you do that?


Martinelli!!! You sweet pretty little Brazilians!!!💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻



Up North

Almost feeling a bit sorry for Leeds fielding a team like this tonight. We just need to keep our intensity up in second and don’t get lazy. A bit exited of who will be replaced by ESR,in this match Odegaard is capable of creating a lot of chances, I would rest Saka. Only one negative, we are quite terrible at finishing, we get to easily blocked, dribble to much and hit the goalie at close range instead of putting it in the roof of the net. Both Saka and Odegaard are a bit indecisive in frot of goal. Nothing proper… Read more »


Now Xhaka is doing everything possible to earn a red card and screw Arsenal up! That’s a needless bad challenge and a stupid grin on his face! What in the world is wrong with xhaka!?!

Alan Sunderland

Give it a fucking rest, we’re 3 up away from home and you’re hoping he fucks up so you can whinge about him.


If the ref had shown him a red card for that bad stamp and the match went sideways for us, you would have been here eating your fucking heart out over idiotic Xhaka.

Alan Sunderland

Shut the fuck up, if you’re going to hate watch arsenal, why not just support spurs.

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