Mark Lawrenson believes that Arsenal will edge a close encounter on Sunday when they host Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.
Writing in his regular column on the BBC Lawrenson claimed that after getting Nicolas Pepe sent off last time around, they would need to keep 11 players on the pitch to pick up the three points.
“When these two sides met at Elland Road in November, Arsenal had Nicolas Pepe sent off and, despite Leeds creating a bucketload of chances and hitting the woodwork three times, it ended up as the only goalless draw Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had in 24 games in all competitions this season,” Lawrenson said.
“There will be goals this time, though, I am sure of it. Leeds were too good for Crystal Palace on Monday, while Arsenal have been hard done by to lose both of their past two games, against Wolves and Aston Villa.
“I’m expecting an open game and I’m going with the Gunners to edge it, although they will have to keep 11 players on the pitch if they want to take the three points.”
Phillips the key for Leeds
Injury news has been taking centre stage this week ahead of this clash.
The good news from Leeds’ point of view is that midfield bruiser Thomas Partey is out for the Gunners. Kieran Tierney is also out injured.
That puts the spotlight back on Leeds and Kalvin Phillips.
He is said to be doubtful for the game after limping out of the game against Crystal Palace last week.
If Phillips is playing then we think that Leeds can come out on top.
We’re a different side without him and it will be a fascinating battle if both midfielders are out.
However, we still think that Arsenal are there for the taking.
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