Arsenal welcome Leeds for the first time to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon
The last time the Gunners hosted Leeds in a high profile game, they were at Highbury The Yorkshire team was relegated in 2004 and the Emirates opened two years later
How Arsenal Fans Long For The Highbury Years Right Now A mini-resuscitation after Boxing Day win against Chelsea has stalled for the past fortnight There was a goalless draw against Manchester United, followed by two defeats in the Midlands to Wolves and Aston Villa
Mikel Arteta’s side face Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday – a game that is becoming increasingly important – but this afternoon’s game offers at least a chance to return to the top half of the table
Leeds are in good shape after winning three of their last four in the league This is an encouraging run for a team whose impressive campaign was at times marked by inconsistencies
Willian has also come for Smith Rowe, so it will be exciting to see how the Brazilian is doing. He has not met expectations so far and needs an effort
64 mins: Leeds is not out of this yet, but they’re going to need something special at this speed
Arteta is responding to that goal in Leeds with the preparation of Willian I’m not exactly sure if this will excite most Arsenal fans, but he’s a calm head
53 minutes: Biesla is clearly not happy – he uses his third submarine before the hour, Huggins for Alioski
Arsenal are not taking their foot off the gas here, neither will Leeds. That could be ugly
48 minutes: Raphinha drives from 25 meters away, but Leno would do well to tip him over the post
This is a hat trick for Aubameyang! Costa tries to play from behind and is caught on the ball – Smith Rowe clamps the ball on the back post and Aubameyang goes home!
The pages are out again and Leeds is making two changes: Costa and Roberts to replace Klich and Harrison
This is the break, and Arsenal looks home and dry – but you can never write this side of Leeds off. Even so, it’s a long, long way back for visitors at this rate
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