Leeds vs Arsenal
Arsenal are back in Premier League action vs Leeds United on Saturday evening.
The pair face off in the day’s late kick-off, which is now just the second game of the day currently set to go ahead on Saturday amid the on-going Covid-19 outbreak at many Premier League sides.
Arsenal head into the game sat 4th in the Premier League table, though 6th-place Manchester United would overtake them should they win their game in hand on the Gunners.
Regardless, Arsenal will no doubt be keen to press on and further extend their lead in the top-four for the time being.
And, they will likely fancy their chances of doing so against a Leeds side struggling for both form and fitness.
Though not 100 per cent confirmed, it seems as though most of Leeds’ current issues are injury, not covid, related.
Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips are two of the Whites’ biggest stars, but are both out injured, whilst Jamie Shackleton went off with an issue during Leeds’ loss to Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta on Aubameyang & Odegaard
Ahead of the Leeds tie, Mikel Arteta held his latest pre-match press conference on Friday morning.
When doing so, Arteta would confirm that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is once again out vs Leeds:
“No he’s not available for selection.”
Arteta was also full of praise for Martin Odegaard during his presser:
“He’s very young but he already has a lot of experience. He’s getting close to his best level. We’ve got a tremendous player there
“He’s a natural leader. If you look for the perfect professional you don’t have to look much further than him.”
Elsewhere, Arteta claimed he and the club haven’t spoken about a new contract:
Arteta says he and the club hierarchy haven’t spoken about a new contract
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) December 17, 2021