One of the standout ties within the third round of this season’s FA Cup will happen at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night as Arsenal welcome Championship leaders Leeds United.
The Gunners will enter the match off the rear of a morale-boosting 2-0 convert Manchester United within the Premier League,
while Leeds drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion within the Championship on New Year’s Day Day.
Arsenal and Leeds United round off the primary batch of FA Cup third-round fixtures because the two sides meet on Monday night.
Mikel Arteta are going to be hoping for an additional encouraging win after an outstanding 2-0 victory over Manchester United last week,
though Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds – top of the Championship – are the toughest side the Gunners could have drawn outside of the highest flight.
Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa are in position for a return to the top-flight for the primary time since 2004 – and it is a very different place to once they left it.
The Whites play a terrific, high-octane 3-4-3 under Argentina , which has seen them occupy the automated promotion places for many of the campaign.
How that style works within the top-flight though may be a complete mystery –
so this may be an honest test for both Leeds and their long-suffering fanbase.
But this is often a really tricky tie and therefore the Spaniard would have hoped for something easier on home soil.
It’s got shock written everywhere it – remember Jermaine Beckford netting ahead of the Stretford End back in 2010? Yep, that level of shock.
Bournemouth vs Arsenal Team News
Arsenal are going to be without the services of Calum Chambers and Kieran Tierney through injury,
while Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli are both doubts thanks to hamstring issues.
Martinelli is being tipped to shake off the complaint to start out , though,
and Arteta is predicted to form changes from the side that impressed against Man United on Wednesday night.
Fit-again Dani Ceballos should start in a complicated position,
while Rob Holding, Emiliano Martinez, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka should all inherit the primary XI.
As for Leeds, Bielsa confirmed during Saturday’s news conference that youngsters Illan Meslier
and Robbie Gotts would both make their first-team debuts at the Emirates Stadium.
Barry Douglas, Gaetano Berardi and Ezgjan Alioski have also been confirmed as starters in London,
but Pablo Hernandez, Tyler Roberts and Adam Forshaw will miss out through injury.
Patrick Bamford should return to the starting XI at centre-forward,
while Kalvin Phillips and Jack Harrison are both expected to stay their spots with Bielsa hinting at a robust side.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has been ruled out for a minimum of six months with a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin are nursing hamstring problems and can both be assessed.
Leeds are without forward Eddie Nketiah, who has been recalled from his loan spell by Arsenal.
Head coach Marcelo Bielsa says Robbie Gotts and goalkeeper Illan Meslier will make their debuts, with Gaetano Berardi and Barry Douglas also starting.
Bournemouth vs Arsenal Line Up
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Maitland-Niles, Holding, Sokratis, Saka; Guendouzi, Torreira; Martinelli, Ceballos, Nelson; Lacazette
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Ayling, White, Berardi, Douglas; Phillips, Klich; Gotts, Harrison, Alioski; Bamford
Bournemouth vs Arsenal Head-to-head (h2h)
Arsenal recorded the last five wins during a row against this opponent.
In the last 20 years , Leeds have won just twice against the Gunners.
Four of the last six clashes saw Leeds scoring three or more goals.
Since 1998, Arsenal haven’t did not score reception against Leeds.
How to watch Bournemouth vs Arsenal
TV channel: BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 5pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
You can also follow all the action on our live match blog with James Robson at Molineux.
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Bournemouth vs Arsenal
8:00pm Monday 27th January