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£27m star dropped, 27-year-old starts sixth-ever PL game: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Leeds

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Arsenal host Leeds United in what is a must-win game for us. The Whites leapfrogged us in the Premier League table after their win over Crystal Palace last time out.

Mikel Arteta will be looking to bounce back after back-to-back defeats in the league. Arsenal have to win to keep their European hopes alive, but injuries are simply not helping us at the moment.

Injury news

Arsenal confirmed today that Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey will miss the game against Leeds this weekend. (Official website)

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The former is yet to recover from his calf problem while the Ghanaian picked up a hamstring injury and could miss a few games as a result.

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Mikel Arteta needs to find a way to get the best of his side without two of his best players. Here’s the changes we think he’ll make for the game at the Emirates on Sunday.

Gabriel dropped; Mari, Odegaard and Ceballos start

Bernd Leno will come in after serving his suspension and that is a big boost on its own. Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Cedric Soares are expected to keep their places but Gabriel should make way for the fit-again Pablo Mari.

The £27 million signing from Lille (Sky Sports) has had a difficult time since his return from illness. Mari, on the other hand, was solid for us before he got injured and the Spaniard is unbeaten in an Arsenal shirt whenever he has played the full 90 minutes.

The 27-year-old joined us over a year ago but he has started just nine games in all competitions. Injuries have been cruel but he will be hoping that he gets to make his sixth-ever league start when Leeds come to town on Sunday.

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Granit Xhaka will keep his place in midfield and he is expected to be partnered with Dani Ceballos. The Spaniard has returned after missing a number of games due to injury, but with Partey ruled out, he is the right man for us in the middle.

Emile Smith Rowe has been a star for us this term but Martin Odegaard’s cameo against Aston Villa last week was impressive. The Real Madrid man deserves a chance and the way Leeds play will give him a lot of space to exploit.

The rest is expected to be the same. Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe are expected to keep their places on the flanks with Alexandre Lacazette set to start up front as he looks to score for the first time since the last week of January.

Here’s how we think Arsenal will lineup against Leeds United

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