Arsenal is set to host Leeds United on Saturday as they look to extend their winning run to seven-straight league matches. Mikel Arteta’s team is in fine form and will be eager to maintain their impressive run of form, which would be the first time they’ve achieved this feat under the Spaniard. However, Leeds United head into this encounter with confidence, having claimed seven points from their four games under new boss Javi Gracia.
Gracia made an instant impact after taking over from Jesse Marsch, winning their first game since November in a crucial basement battle against Southampton. They have also impressed in narrow defeats to Chelsea and a draw with Brighton & Hove Albion. They won 4-2 in their last away league game against Wolves, which helped them climb five positions out of the relegation zone into 14th place.
Arsenal‘s manager Arteta is well aware of the challenges ahead, saying that Leeds United has a clear DNA in their style of play, which includes character, passion, and energy. Arteta recognizes that Leeds is a very dangerous team and that the Gunners must be at their best to beat them.
Leeds United has played a less frantic style of football under Gracia, which caused Arsenal problems in the reverse fixture after Patrick Bamford came on at half-time. Gracia’s attacking options include a variety of exciting and direct attacking midfielders, including Brendan Aaronson, Jack Harrison, and Crysencio Summerville, to support Bamford in a 4-2-3-1.
Arsenal‘s top scorer in the league is Gabriel Martinelli, with 13 goals, while Bukayo Saka has been involved in 22 goals this season, making him the only player in the league to reach double figures for both goals and assists.
Darren England will take charge of his first game involving Arsenal since August, where the Gunners beat Leicester City at home. He has been shown to be a referee who is relatively quick to show red cards, having shown two so far this season.
In conclusion, Saturday’s match between Arsenal and Leeds United promises to be a thrilling encounter between two teams whose respective managers have both made a significant impact on their performance this season. While Arsenal will enter the game as clear favorites, Leeds has shown that they can be a dangerous team when playing with confidence. The match offers an exciting opportunity to see two team’s different styles of play clash and could prove to be an important encounter in the context of both teams’ seasons.