Alan Smith has claimed that the “shaky” tactics of Leeds United could massively benefit Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Sky Sports pundit believes that the Whites will be extremely keen to bounce back from back-to-back 4-1 defeats, but that could leave them open.
Arsenal are also coming into this after a 3-0 thrashing at home to Aston Villa, with a lack of creativity clearly their biggest problem.
Aubameyang has only scored twice this season, and only one of them has come from open play for the Gunners.
Writing in his Evening Standard column, Smith believes that the Gabon international could be set to end that run at Elland Road.
Should Leeds do the same, it will be a difficult day up at Elland Road, where Marcelo Bielsa will be extremely keen to bounce back from a couple of 4-1 defeats,” he said. “His defence has turned shaky, which has had an effect on young Illan Meslier in goal.
“A lack of creativity doesn’t help his cause, a shortfall that leads to Arsenal struggling against sides adopting a low block. Leeds, however, don’t go near that tactic, with Bielsa insisting on attacking verve. As a result, this might be a day for Auba’s huge grin.”
Leeds’ defence has definitely turned shaky, but they certainly have an excuse.
Kalvin Phillips has been missing for a number of weeks now, but Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that he will return and will also likely start.
The Yorkshire Pirlo sits back and allows the creative players to spring into action at Elland Road, and that should benefit Leeds massively this weekend.
No one has made more tackles per game for the Whites according to WhoScored, and that should go some way to strengthening Leeds in defence.
In turn, the likes of Mateusz Klich will finally be released ahead of him and the Polish international will also be relishing that – time to turn that grin into a frown, sorry Alan.
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