Leeds Utd v Arsenal Match Thread - Raphinha, Phillips and Alioski start, Rodrigo makes the bench by

19 Nov 2020 09:38 am, by Ellandback1


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Having suffered crushing back to back defeats at the hands of Leicester City and Crystal Palace, Leeds will be relieved that record signing Rodrigo has completed his quarantine following a positive Covid-19 test, and is fit to feature against the Gunners on Sunday afternoon. Furthermore Kalvin Phillips has recovered from the shoulder injury picked up against Wolves and is likely to return to the starting eleven. Phillips has been a big miss for Leeds over the past two games, his ability to break down opposition plays and stop the counter attack was missed against Leicester and Palace.

Spanish International Llorente had returned after a month on the side-lines following the muscle injury he picked up on international duty however he suffered a small setback. He is now back in training again but unlikely to be part of the squad this weekend. Robin Koch will likely play alongside Liam Cooper in the centre of defence but will have to get over an absolute nightmare of a game midweek for Germany, as they were hammered 6-0 by Spain. Long term casualty Adam Forshaw is finally injury free, but expect him to feature in at least one U23 game before any first team appearances!

Marcelo Bielsa and talisman Pablo Hernandez are understood to have patched up their differences, but the Spaniard has picked up an injury and will be absent this weekend. With Rodrigo not 100% it could mean a first start for Brazilian sensation Raphinha who has impressed in substitute appearances.





Gunners defender Sead Kolasinac joins midfielder Mohamed Elneny in quarantine for seven days, having both tested positive for Covid-19. Thomas Partey is also missing from Mikel Arteta’s squad, the Ghanaian international having picked up an injury very early in Arsenal’s game against Aston Villa. Up font Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has looked a shadow of his usual self just three goals in all competitions and whilst Alexandre Lacazette started the season with a bang, scoring in three consecutive matches he has looked off the pace recently.

It might mean Mikel Arteta might change things up this weekend and he could do just that after Reiss Nelson was left out of Arsenal's Under-23 squad to face Everton on Friday. Eddie Nketiah may also feature against his former loanee club having scored another brace for England U21's midweek.

The Premier League have appointed Anthony Taylor to referee the clash between the two giants. Taylor officiated the last time the two sides met back in January of this year in he FA Cup. He was also in charge of second round of the play off against Derby County (lets not even go there)! Leeds won their first game in almost a decade with Taylor officiating earlier this season when the Whites make heavy weather of beating Fulham 4-3 earlier this season.


Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Raphinha, Harrison, Bamford

Subs: Casilla, Struijk, Davis, Rodrigo, Costa, Roberts, Poveda

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Smudge3920 wrote on 24 Nov 2020 05:44 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:36 pm I'd always consider Pablo for a first team spot as he is a quality footballer & the only one who consistently scores goals from our shot shy midfield, he also creates & makes things happen for us as he has done for the last four seasons.
As do I mate... but Rodrigo is now starting to show he can fill that position also,and provide the long shots and hopefully less prone to injuries too... We won't get through a full season with just 11 players, it's going to be vital they all get game time... As for Costa, we paid 17 mill for him, we need to start getting what we paid for, Harrison is on loan and apart from his one flash of brilliance in the first game against Liddypool mate, he is still not producing the end product, in fact imo, he is becoming somewhat predictable.

1964white wrote on 24 Nov 2020 05:36 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:27 pm
I'd always consider Pablo for a first team spot as he is a quality footballer & the only one who consistently scores goals from our shot shy midfield, he also creates & makes things happen for us as he has done for the last four seasons.

Smudge3920 wrote on 24 Nov 2020 05:27 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:32 pm Dallas didn't have a bad game v the gooners, one of the first names on the team sheet for me preferably as a wing-back though.

I didn't say he had a bad game Leon, I actually said "no critisism"...And my other option was to rest Ayling and play Dallas there, be unfair to drop Alioski afet the game he had...options, thats all.

As for Costa, as brilliant as that goal was he won't be playing against West Brom reserves/juniors on Saturday

Kinda stating the obvious there mate... seem to recall you saying more than once though that Pablo or someone else should be starting as they had a good run out in the u23's...which is it?

There's been enough enforced rotation in our first team this season, we need a settled XI, I know Bielsa prefers it that way!

The rotation so far has been due to injuries... we are getting players back now ...and when fit they have to be rotated... not left to be brought on after 6 weeks of sitting on a bench.

1964white wrote on 24 Nov 2020 04:32 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:06 pm I would like to see the following start against Neverton;

Meslier
Ayling,Kock, cooper Alioski
Phillips
Raphina, Kilch, Rodrigo, Costa

No critisism of Dallas, (I would not be upset if MB rested Ayling and put Dallas in on the right) but we have to start rotating. Alioski deserves to keep his place after his last performance. Costa scored a brilliant goal in the u23's against WBA, again it's about rotation.
Dallas didn't have a bad game v the gooners, one of the first names on the team sheet for me preferably as a wing-back though.

As for Costa, as brilliant as that goal was he won't be playing against West Brom reserves/juniors on Saturday

There's been enough enforced rotation in our first team this season, we need a settled XI, I know Bielsa prefers it that way!

Smudge3920 wrote on 24 Nov 2020 03:06 pm

I would like to see the following start against Neverton;

Meslier
Ayling,Kock, cooper Alioski
Phillips
Raphina, Kilch, Rodrigo, Costa

No critisism of Dallas, (I would not be upset if MB rested Ayling and put Dallas in on the right) but we have to start rotating. Alioski deserves to keep his place after his last performance. Costa scored a brilliant goal in the u23's against WBA, again it's about rotation.