Preview: Arsenal vs. Leeds United

Preview: Arsenal vs. Leeds United

Arsenal will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup when they welcome Leeds United to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Gunners will enter the contest off the back of a 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Friday, while Leeds played out a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Arsenal have had their fair share of criticism this season, but Friday’s 3-1 win over Villa in the Premier League made it seven games unbeaten in all competitions for the Gunners, who have also been victorious in four of their last five matches at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta’s side, who are currently ninth in the Premier League table on 14 points, recorded a 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the last round of the EFL Cup to progress to this stage, with Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah on the scoresheet.

The Gunners are the most dominant team in the history of the FA Cup, winning the competition on 14 occasions, but they have only lifted the League Cup on two previous occasions.

The North London outfit first tasted success in this competition in 1987 before winning the 1993 trophy courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the final.

The absence of European football could certainly help Arsenal this season in their pursuit of domestic success, as they will have a lot more rest than their rivals, particularly over the next few weeks.

Leeds, meanwhile, will enter Tuesday’s contest off the back of a 1-1 draw with Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday; Hwang Hee-chan’s 10th-minute opener appeared to be securing all three points for the visitors at Elland Road, only for Rodrigo to level the scores with a 94th-minute penalty.

The Whites have struggled to get going in the early stages of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign, picking up just seven points from nine matches to sit down in 17th spot in the table.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side needed penalties to overcome Fulham in the last round of the League Cup after a goalless draw at Craven Cottage, but they put three unanswered goals past Crewe Alexandra in the second round.

Leeds have only won the League Cup on one previous occasion, lifting the 1968 trophy courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Arsenal, with Terry Cooper scoring the only goal of the contest at Wembley.

The Whites have not overcome Arsenal in any competition since May 2003, though, losing seven of the last nine meetings between the two sides, including a 4-2 defeat when they last travelled to the Emirates Stadium in February.

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We say: Arsenal 2-1 Leeds United
It is difficult to know exactly what to expect at the Emirates Stadium, as neither side will be at full strength. Arsenal are on a bit of a roll at the moment, though, and we are backing the Gunners to edge their way into the quarter-finals of the League Cup courtesy of a narrow success.

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