A cup for Arsenal this year?
Arteta mentioned that: “We have to be challenging for the cups and we’ll try to do that again this season. Obviously it is a competition that is very attached to this football club in recent years and we have to take it very seriously. I follow [Leeds] coach [Marcelo Bielsa] for a long time and I know how tough it will be to play against them. He makes them fight and challenge and run and compete, and never give up in any game or any circumstances.”
So from his little quote, you can expect him to take the FA and UEFA Cups seriously and to also take Leeds seriously. Leeds’ major aim is to win (ideally) automatic promotion to the EPL after missing out on it last year. They have not lost in 15 games but only won 1 of their last 5 matches.
Leeds are winless against us in their last 6 games (losing 5 times) against us since their unprobably 3-2 victory at Highbury in 2003 and we have progressed to the 3rd round of the FA Cup 22 times in the last 23 years (only hick up happening in 2017-2018).
Statistics are with us and I think that Bielsa may not play his strongest Leeds squad so with the wind in our back from our first half vs Chelsea, our win vs Utd, I expect Arteta to put in a good side out there and secure a win. It will not be easy but we will get a win.
Chambers, Tierney are out, Bellerin and Martinelli are a doubt so here is my expected line up:
AMN Mustafi (or Holding) Mavropanos Saka
Pepe Willock Nelsson
I can also see Smith-Rowe, Jules, Ceballos join the team on the pitch at some point, depending on the score.
I would say that we will secure a 2-1 win, courtsey of goals from…Lacazette and Willock. Leeds to score through Harrison assisted by their star man Bamford (he is a good player).
Leeds won the FA Cup for the only time in 1972 by beating Arsenal 1-0 in the final.
This is a seventh successive away tie for Leeds – they’ve lost the last three, including at National League side Sutton United and Newport County of League Two.
The Whites have only lost once in 15 league games – but won just one of their past five.
Since being relegated from the Premier League in 2004, Leeds have played nine away FA Cup matches against top-flight opponents and won just once: 1-0 at Manchester United in January 2010