How Arsenal could line up against Leeds with Smith Rowe giving Arteta selection headache and Lacazette captain again

ARSENAL are looking to build on back-to-back Premier League victories when they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds this weekend.

The Gunners followed up a 3-0 win over Southampton with an impressive 2-0 victory against top four rivals West Ham.

Now they are hoping to end a run of three away defeats on the bounce as they take on a Marcelo Bielsa side desperately lacking in confidence following a 7-0 hammering from champions Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta's men have recently suffered defeats on the road at the hands of Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton.

But they now occupy a Champions League place for the first time this season – even without former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon international was stripped of his club captaincy after arriving back late from an authorised trip to France – with Alexandre Lacazette taking the armband on a temporary basis.

He has played no part in their two most recent wins and will be left out again at Elland Road.

When asked about Aubameyang's availability, Arteta said: "No, he is not available for this game."

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Another way the Gunners could start the match against Leeds

The main selection headache the Arsenal boss faces is whether he chooses to go with Emile Smith Rowe or Gabriel Martinelli on the left-hand side of the front four.

Martinelli netted the opening goal against West Ham on Wednesday night, racing through to curl home a superb finish.

The Brazilian was then replaced by Smith Rowe who staked his claim for a starting place with a goal of his own.

Aside from the deliberation over Smith Rowe and Martinelli, Arteta is expected to name an unchanged team from the win over West Ham – with the Gunners fortunate enough to have avoided a mass Covid outbreak so far.

This means keeper Aaron Ramsdale will be supported by a defensive quartet of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney.

In midfield, Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka should keep their places.


And in the attacking areas Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and interim captain Lacazette are set to start.

It just remains to be seen whether they will be joined by Martinelli or Smith Rowe.

Possible changes Arteta could choose to make include Nuno Tavares for Tierney or Albert Sambi Lokonga for Partey.

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