Leeds United were without a number of different players in their 4-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Whites were missing too many creative players such as Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez as they fell to yet another heavy loss.

Rodrigo missed the clash due to a positive COVID-19 test, whereas Hernandez was dropped by Marcelo Bielsa despite being fully-fit.

Spanish international and club-record signing, Rodrigo will have finished his quarantine period through this two-week break.

The playmaker will then return to training at Thorp Arch after missing international duty, and Beren Cross has shared whether or not he should start against Arsenal.

“We’re assuming Rodrigo is going to recover to his normal level after COVID-19, so he starts, I think,” he wrote in a Leeds Live Q&A.

“Hernandez would back onto the bench for me. I wouldn’t have dropped him in the first place.”

Missing the Spanish duo against Palace seriously hampered Leeds.

Hernandez should be back available after issuing an apology for his reaction against Leicester, although Cross believes he will be on the bench.

Rodrigo had cemented his spot in the playmaker role after impressive displays against Sheffield United, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

Leeds were lacking any sort of creativity and link between midfield and attack on Saturday, and that will be needed against Arsenal.

Arsenal struggled desperately against Villa on Sunday, and the away side made six more key passes despite only having 41.3% of the ball – showing that Leeds can take advantage of the Gunners if they are direct enough.

It is simple, Rodrigo must start and Hernandez must be involved.

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