'Ridiculously loud' – Lee Dixon on Leeds fans, fires warning to Arsenal ahead of FA Cup clash
Lee Dixon has warned Mikel Arteta to get the job done against Leeds United first time around and claimed Elland Road is the “loudest place I have ever played a football game”.
Leeds travel to the Emirates on Monday night with Marcelo Bielsa getting the chance to try his side out against the Premier League giants.
It could be a case of bad timing for Leeds. Before Arteta was announced as manager, the Gunners were in the doldrums and slipping down the league table.
Arteta has already effected a change and Arsenal beat Man United 2-0 last time out in an impressively dominant display.
And Dixon thinks that Arteta will take the FA Cup seriously.
Talking to the PA News Agency, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph, Dixon said, “I think he [Arteta] will take it seriously and it is certainly a competition he will be trying to win.”
Dixon also paid tribute to the Leeds fans and fired out a warning about going back to Elland Road for a replay.
“Without question, Elland Road is the loudest place I have ever played a football game,” Dixon added.
“The atmosphere and not just the loudness of the fans, for some reason the way the stands are built the sound bounces off them and you can be five or 10 yards away from a team-mate and you can see his mouth moving, but have no clue what is coming out.
“It is ridiculously loud and if it does go to a replay, you can bank on Leeds making it a tough place to go and play.”
It’s great to hear former players like Dixon talk about the Leeds fans like this.
The travelling fans will do their best to liven up a stadium that isn’t known for its vociferous support but a replay at Elland Road would really lift the roof off the stadium.
That’s actually the last thing either Marcelo Bielsa or the players will want, though. In fact, losing to Arsenal could well be the best thing that could happen to the team.
Concentrating on the Championship is key this season and getting Elland Road and its fans back in the Premier League.
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