It has been a long time but it is finally here. The last time Arsenal visited Elland Road to play Leeds in the Premier League was in 2003 and Arsenal ran away 4-1 winners with Thierry Henry bagging a brace. In the reverse fixture in 2004 at Highbury, Arsenal had already been confirmed champions but still had their unbeaten status to defend and Leeds United batting for their Premier League safety, they were ripped apart by Thierry Henry led onslaught which helped the Gunners banish the ghost of the previous season and condemn the Peacocks to the drop.
Times have since changed, Leeds United have learnt so much from their sojourn in the lower leagues, going from the Championship to the lower leagues before returning back to the Championship enroute the Premier League. There have been power shift in the Premier League and Arsenal have also suffered a reversal of fortune, going from title contenders to top 4 hopefuls and now, top 4 is a tall dream which the Gunners are hoping to climb up to. Leeds United are now back and look set to ruffle some feathers with Marcelo Bielsa.
They have already played Liverpool with the Reds only edging the clash with a last gasp penalty from Mo Salah. They have played Manchester City and forced a draw and trounced Aston Villa though they have also been well beaten by the likes of Leicester City and Crystal Palace but they have shown that on their day, they could upset the status quo and slay big giants.
Arsenal have had their own fair share of hues and cries this season. They have broken an age-long jinx of winless run at Old Trafford but suffered shocking home loss to Aston Villa. Pressure is on Mikel Arteta to get things going again fast and the visit to the Whites provides the perfect opportunity to bounce back but the Gunners need to be ready to grind out a result if they really want to get a good one. Playing against Bielsa’s team is not a stroll in the park, it is seriously a hardwork. His team will make you work for the result you hope to get, this, Arsenal must be ready for.