Arsenal and Leeds United on the table
Watch Arsenal vs Leeds United preview as the Arsenal and Leeds United have a meeting in the premier league standings at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday Afternoon.
The Arsenal tops the league with eight points from the second position and Leeds are in the danger of the relegation Zone.
Arsenal vs Leeds United preview
The Gunners ended their Emirates hoodoo against Crystal Palace in ruthless fashion, ultimately prevailing 4-1 as Granit Xhaka and Saka netted either side of Jeffrey Schlupp’s consolation on the hour mark.
With Manchester City busy in their quest for FA Cup supremacy, Mikel Arteta‘s side steered eight points clear of the reigning champions at the top of the pile with 10 matches to go, but the Citizens do boast a game in hand and could cut the gap back down with success over Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.
There was no post-Europa League exit hangover for Arsenal last time out, as Arteta’s side focus all their efforts on the title-run in for the next two months, but the Spaniard was quick to shoot down the sentiment that elimination to Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 was a blessing in disguise.
With their minor February blip now consigned to history, Arsenal are going in search of a seventh Premier League win in a row this weekend – Arteta is yet to hit such a streak since taking the reins – and the title-chasers have also struck at least three goals in each of their last four top-flight contests.
Keeping the back door shut at the Emirates has not been one of Arsenal’s specialities this term, though, and if their trip to Molineux is anything to go by, Leeds certainly know a thing or two about making the net ripple on rival territory.
A crucial relegation six-pointer with Wolverhampton Wanderers saw Javi Gracia’s side storm into a 3-0 lead courtesy of Jack Harrison, Luke Ayling and Rasmus Kristensen, but the hosts threatened a remarkable turnaround through Jonny and Matheus Cunha.
However, after the former was sent for an early bath, Rodrigo bagged the sixth and final goal to settle that enthralling contest, as the Whites picked up their first Premier League away win since October to create daylight between themselves and dotted line.
Leeds travel to the Emirates entrenched in 14th place in the table, but they only have a two-point lead over West Ham United in 18th – such is the volatile nature of the bottom-half standings – and no side from 12th to 20th can consider themselves immune from the dogfight.
Arsenal survived many nail-biting moments to come away from Elland Road with a 1-0 win back in October, and not since the Mark Viduka-inflicted defeat of 2003 – which extinguished any hopes of Premier League title glory – have they been defeated by their Yorkshire counteparts in the top flight.
Arsenal vs Leeds head to head stats
Arsenal have a good historical record against Leeds United and have won 52 out of the 126 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Leeds United’s 41 victories.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 13 matches against Leeds United in all competitions, with their previous defeat against the Yorkshire outfit coming by a 3-2 margin in 2003.
Leeds United have not kept a single clean sheet in any of their last 13 away games against Arsenal in the Premier League – they last managed such a result in 1993.
Leeds United have won only two of their last 23 matches against league leaders in the Premier League, with both their victories during this period coming away from home.
Arsenal have won their last six matches in the Premier League – their joint-longest such run in the competition under Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal vs Leeds united prediction
Arsenal have built an excellent squad under Mikel Arteta and remain the frontrunners to win the Premier League title. Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard have stepped up to the plate for the Gunners this season and will look to make their mark in this fixture.
Leeds United have endured a tumultuous campaign but are perfectly capable of pulling off an upset on their day. Arsenal are the better team at the moment, however, and should be able to win this game.