Leeds will aim to respond to a humiliating defeat in their last Premier League outing when they host Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.


Marcelo Bielsa’s side fell to the club’s joint-heaviest ever league defeat on Tuesday night. They suffered a 7-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City. Injuries to key players have played a major role in that, but they head into this weekend’s fixtures sitting 16th in the Premier League table, only five points above the relegation zone and having played two games more than 18th-placed Burnley. They have picked up just one Premier League win across their last seven matches and conceded 12 goals in their last three games alone. Leeds are unbeaten in their last five home games in the premier league. Junior Firpo’s yellow card in the 7-0 defeat means that he is suspended for this match too, leaving Bielsa without at least eight first-team players. Daniel James, Jamie Shackleton, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper, Rodrigo Moreno, Pascal Struijk, and Kalvin Phillips are ruled out with injuries.


Arsenal will head into Saturday’s match as favorites, particularly after Wednesday’s 2-0 London derby win over West Ham United lifted them into the top four of the Premier League table for the first time since October last year. Goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe secured back-to-back wins for the Gunners, who have now scored five without reply in their last two outings following successive defeats to Manchester United and Everton before that. The Gunners have lost five of their eight Premier League away games so far this season, including each of the last three, conceding nine goals in the process. Only four teams have shipped more goals on the road this term than Arsenal, all of whom are in the bottom six. Aubamayeng was stripped of the captaincy following breaching of disciplinary rules and is expected to miss out once more. Bernd Leno and Sead Kolasinac remain sidelined.