Leeds come into Sunday’s clash with Arsenal on a similarly patchy run of form to the Gunners, with three defeats from four and back-to-back 4-1 thumpings at the hands of Leicester and Crystal Palace.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have conceded the joint-highest number of goals across the Premier League this season, and Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith told the Pitch to Post preview podcast it could provide the invitation Arsenal need to find their shooting boots at Elland Road.

Matches after international break tend to be more unpredictable: Smith

“It’ll be quite an open game, this is what Leicester profited from and that might help Arsenal,” he said.

“It’s a difficult one to call as they always are after the international break, the coaches have only had their players back for maybe a day and a half or so. People come back at varying degrees of fitness and fatigue and it can be unpredictable.

“For Leeds to have lost their last two games 4-1, there’s pressure on them to bounce back and on Bielsa to fix what has gone wrong.

I’d have to fancy the Gunners. They’ve got their own agenda and want to bounce back from the Villa game and get back to the levels they have achieved. Perhaps a close-fought away win.”


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