Arsenal know all about the attacking verve of Leeds United after their FA Cup encounter from back in January.

Leeds went at the Premier League giants from the start and completely dominated the first-half of the game before fading in the second half.

Arsenal ran out 1-0 winners that day but it could have been very different if Patrick Bamford had been in the sort of form he’s displaying in the Premier League now.

The attack momentum graph from SofaScore shows what a shock Leeds gave to Arsenal in the first 45 minutes.

The two teams meet up again a week on Sunday and we think Marcelo Bielsa has to make three big changes.

The first is bringing in Raphinha for £70k-a-week star Helder Costa.

Raphinha – on a reported £60k-a-week – has looked brilliant in his cameo appearances for Leeds, while Costa has fizzled after a strong start to the season.

Costa also suffered a horror show against Palace, scoring a freak own goal.

Kalvin Phillips will hopefully come back in after he revealed that he was set for an injection that should see him fit for the game.

That means that Marcelo Bielsa can play his strongest back four with Illan Meslier in goal.

Jack Harrison keeps his place on the left with Mateusz Klich in his more familiar advanced role.

Rodrigo is the other big piece of the jigsaw. He missed the last two games after testing positive for Covid-19 but all being well he’ll be back for Arsenal.

He’s been a massive miss, especially after Pablo Hernandez was dropped for his reaction to getting subbed off against Leicester.

It’s been two successive 4-1 defeats for Leeds but we think they can get back on track at Elland Road against Arsenal.

And this is the strongest starting XI that Bielsa can put out…

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