How Arsenal could line up against Leeds with Ben White in race to be fit for must-win clash after injury

How Arsenal could line up against Leeds with Ben White in race to be fit for must-win clash after injury

ARSENAL could name an unchanged side from the team that beat West Ham 2-1 at the London Stadium for Sunday's clash against Leeds.

The Gunners boosted their chances of Champions League qualification after edging the Hammers to move two points clear of Tottenham in fourth.

But Arsenal were dealt a blow prior to kick-off after Ben White was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Bukayo Saka was then withdrawn late into the second half to spark fears off a possible knock.

And returning right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was making his first start since New Year's Day following a calf injury, also had to be substituted.

The Japan international, 23, went down clutching his leg with fans worried he could be set for a further spell on the sidelines.


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But Arteta has delivered a positive update on the trio, as he stated that Saka and Tomiyasu are fit and available for selection.

As for White, he hasn't ruled out the centre-back from featuring against his former employers.

The Spanish gaffer has hinted that White, who helped Leeds win the Championship title during his loan from Brighton in the 2019-20 season, will have to be assessed in training on Saturday.

Arteta said: "Ben White is still in contention so he needs to train tomorrow to make sure that he's available to play."

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But with Arteta to potentially keep one eye on the crucial North London derby next week, White could be rested to stay fresh for the trip to Spurs.

Here SunSport takes a look at how the Gunners could line-up against the Whites.

Aaron Ramsdale will certainly keep his place between the sticks having established himself as the No1 after three Premier League games.

Tomiyasu should start ahead of Cedric Soares, with Nuno Tavares to continue deputising in left-back Kieran Tierney's absence.

Rob Holding and Gabriel, who both scored in the win against West Ham, may then be paired together again with White to miss out.

With Thomas Partey still out injured and youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga guilty of inconsistent performances, Mohamed Elneny is likely to be deployed as the defensive midfielder for a fourth consecutive game.

Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard would then slot in as the the two No8s.

England international Saka would then start on the right wing, with Brazilian ace Gabriel Martinelli to be preferred ahead of Emile Smith Rowe down the left.

Eddie Nketiah would then be tasked with leading the line as he continues to impress in place of Eddie Nketiah.

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