Mikel Arteta has a close to full-strength squad available to him heading into this afternoon’s Premier League fixture against Leeds United. William Saliba is still unavailable, but Thomas Partey has been cleared for the game after picking up a ‘small injury’ during the international break. The main conundrum Arteta faces is whether to start Gabriel Jesus or Leandro Trossard up top. Here, Express Sport takes a look at Arsenal’s expected line-up for their 3pm kick-off at the Emirates Stadium.
Goalkeeper – Aaron Ramsdale
Aaron Ramsdale will almost certainly start between the sticks against Leeds. The English shot-stopper was denied a thirteenth clean sheet of the season by a scrappy Jeffrey Schlupp finish last time out against Crystal Palace.
And will do everything in his power to ensure the same doesn’t happen again today. Leeds though have been in good scoring form as of late with six goals from their last two matches including four away at Wolves.
Defence – White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko
It will likely be an unchanged back four from Arsenal’s 4-1 win against Palace with Saliba still out with a back injury. When asked if the Frenchman will play again this season, Arteta told assembled media on Thursday: "Yeah I am very hopeful, and he is as well. Back injuries are a bit tricky and how they evolve with the load that you put in certain areas. Let's push it and see how he copes with that. He's so willing to be back in the team."
Rob Holding is expected to slot in again ahead of Jakub Kiwior who is still adjusting to life at the Emirates. Meanwhile, Ben White, Gabriel Megahales and Oleksandr Zinchenko have been staples of Arteta’s defensive line and will probably remain in the starting XI today.
Midfielders – Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard
Thomas Partey is expected to be fit despite having to sit out of Ghana’s game against Angola on Monday. The 29-year-old was absent from Arsenal training earlier this week, but sources close to the player claim that it was only precautionary. If he is indeed fit, then he will no doubt start.
Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard are also expected to keep their places in the side as they have done for the majority of this season.
Attack – Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
When it comes to the front three it is a little bit more difficult to predict Arteta’s choices. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka will more than likely start on the wings, but he will have to choose between Trossard and Jesus down the middle.
Trossard has looked excellent down the centre in recent games while Jesus made the position his own before being sidelined by injury. The Brazilian is due 90 minutes of football so we will go with him.
Arsenal expected XI vs Leeds in full: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Jesus