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Arsenal vs Leeds United: FA Cup preview, predictions, possible XIs & live stream

By Steve Jennings

Published: 16:40, 3 January 2020

Mikel Arteta will manage in the FA Cup for the first time as Arsenal take on Leeds United on Monday night.

Four of the last five meetings between the clubs have come in the FA Cup, with Leeds’ quest to return to the Premier League still ongoing.

Thierry Henry scored a memorable winner upon his return to the Emirates the last time Arsenal and Leeds faced off eight years ago. But will there be drama this time around?

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, TV info and more.

Key info for Arsenal vs Leeds United – and how to stream live:

Competition: FA Cup

Venue: The Emirates Stadium

Date: Monday, 6 January 2020

Kick-off: 7:56 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BBC One

Live stream: Bet365* are streaming all FA Cup matches live for account holders. Those without a Bet365 account already who are interested in streaming Arsenal v Leeds United live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.

  1. Click on this link
  2. ‘Join now’ and enter details.
  3. Log in and fund the new account.
  4. Pick the desired event from among the ‘live now’ or ‘schedule’ sections in Bet365’s ‘live streaming’ category.

*Geo restrictions apply, 18+ only, must have a funded account, BeGambleAware.

Last five meetings: Arsenal vs Leeds

9 January 2012: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds (FA Cup)

19 January 2011: Leeds 1-3 Arsenal (FA Cup)

8 January 2011: Arsenal 1-1 Leeds (FA Cup)

16 April 2004: Arsenal 5-0 Leeds (Premier League)

4 January 2004: Leeds 1-4 Arsenal (FA Cup)

Aggregate Score: Arsenal (WWDWW) 14-3 Leeds (LLDLL)

Ones to watch

Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli

Martinelli has scored just once in the Premier League for Arsenal, but the teenager has shone in other competitions, scoring four goals in two EFL Cup appearances and finding the net three times in the Europa League. A home game against Championship opposition is the ideal match for Martinelli to build more confidence in order to push for a starting spot in the Premier League.

Key stat: Martinelli has scored eight goals in 17 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal.

Leeds: Patrick Bamford

If Leeds are able to control periods of the game at the Emirates, they will count on Patrick Bamford to put away any chances they manage to create. The striker has been in fine form of late and was on the scoresheet in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Key stat: Bamford has scored seven goals in his last 10 Championship appearances for Leeds.

Team news

Arsenal

The Gunners will be without Calum Chambers (knee) and Kieran Tierney (shoulder). Arteta is likely to hand opportunities to the likes of Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin if fit.

Predicted XI: Martinez; Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Saka; Willock, Guendouzi; Nelson, Ceballos, Martinelli; Lacazette.

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Leeds

Pablo Hernandez is a doubt for the visitors because of a hamstring problem while Adam Forshaw is still out with a hip injury. Eddie Nketiah has been recalled by Arsenal but the striker wouldn’t have been able to play against his parent club anyway.

Predicted XI: Casilla; Ayling, White, Cooper, Douglas; Phillips, Klich; Costa, Harrison, Dallas; Bamford.

Squawka prediction

Arteta is likely to make a number of changes in order to assess his squad. But with the whole group bouncing after the victory over Manchester United, the hosts should still have enough quality to see off Leeds, who will be more concerned with continuing their push for promotion.

Scoreline prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Leeds