By Dave Woods

3rd Dec, 2019 | 12:55pm

MOT View: Sutton bang on with Leeds verdict after FA Cup draw v Arsenal

Arsenal away. It could have been an easier draw for Leeds United.

There are plenty of teams in the third round of the FA Cup that would have given us a better chance of progressing.

However, Leeds will be looking forward to this game way more than Arsenal.

Leeds are in top form… Second in the Championship, five wins in a row – the last a 4-0 hammering of Middlesbrough.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are in the doldrums.

They’ve sacked manager Unai Emery after a terrible start to the season.

Their last five results read… A draw against Vitoria in the Europa League, a defeat against Leicester, a draw against Southampton (in the dropzone of the Premier League), a defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt and a draw against Norwich (also in the bottom three).

We think Leeds would have fancied getting a win in one of those games.

Freddie Ljungberg is the interim manager and he presided over the 2-2 draw with Norwich, where his side had to come from behind twice to get a point.

BBC pundit Chris Sutton doesn’t think he is the man for the job permanently.

Talking on BBC Five Live on Monday, Sutton also thinks that Leeds can upset Arsenal at the Emirates.

“I think Arsenal against Leeds is fascinating. If it was to be played this week, I would fancy Leeds to beat Arsenal.

“They are in phenomenal form. Arsenal look like the same old Arsenal, shaky at the back. That’s a huge game.”

We agree and it will also give Leeds the chance to test themselves against Premier League opposition.

Arsenal will give Leeds a lot of space at the Emirates and that’s a mouth-watering prospect at the moment.

The FA Cup games will be played between January 3-6, which gives Ljungberg a chance to get his players motivated, but either way it’s a great game for Leeds.

If we win, the confidence it will give the players will be enormous.

If we lose, we focus on winning automatic promotion. That’s much better than a slog to a lower league side.

There’s history here. Arsenal drew Leeds in the third round in 2012 and Thierry Henry won it for the Gunners in one of his last games for the club. He won’t be there to save them this time.

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