Arteta wary of Leeds threat

22 November 2020 21:42:06 GMTPlus11

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expects a stern test from an aggressive Leeds United outfit at Elland Road on Sunday as they bid to return to winning ways.

The Gunners have endured mixed success this season, winning four and losing four of their opening eight games.

Arsenal suffered a shock 3-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa prior to the international break and that was the third time in four Premier League outings in which they had lost without scoring.

Talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has managed just four goals in 10 appearances in all competitions this season and his dip in form has coincided with Arsenal's losing sequence.

Arsenal have won only four of their last 15 Premier League away games and Arteta is wary of the threat Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds carry.

Speaking to Arsenal's official website about the challenge of Leeds, Arteta said: "They will go full gas like they always do and they have had two weeks to prepare for the game, they don't have as many internationals as us and I don't expect them to change too much.

"They are very loyal to their principles, to the way the play and they approach every game the same way, which is to win and to be very aggressive with and without the ball and try to win."

Arteta confirmed Thomas Partey joins fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny as an absentee for the trip to Leeds and said: "He [Thomas] has done really well, he is working very hard and he wants to be available.

"Hopefully we can get him back soon but it is an area where we have to be careful and a bit protective with the player."

Arsenal are 2.00 to win at Leeds, who are 3.40. The draw is a 3.80 chance.

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