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Leeds team news: Duo could be handed debuts vs Arsenal, two fringe men to play

Leeds United are due to play in a FA Cup third round clash against Arsenal at the Emirates on Monday night, with the Championship leaders looking to cause an upset.

The Gunners will naturally go into the game as favourites as they play in a higher division, but the North London side have been far from their best this term.

Leeds can however fancy their chances of defying the odds and recording a memorable victory.

Arsenal are currently in a phase of development and have entered the new decade as a shadow of the team that they have been previously.

If Marcelo Bielsa’s side play to the best of their ability, the game could prove to be a tight affair.

Leeds will have to make do without the services of talented striker Eddie Nketiah going forward.

The youngster has been recalled by Arsenal after having spent the first half of the season on loan with the Whites, according to BBC Sport.

The report added that Robbie Gotts and goalkeeper Illan Meslier could be in line to make their debuts for Leeds.

Furthermore, Gaetano Berardi and Barry Douglas could be handed game-time.

The game will mark the first time that the two sides are playing against each other in the FA Cup since January 2012.

The Gunners went on to win that match 1-0 following a goal from Thierry Henry.

Leeds have not defeated Arsenal during the last six games played between the sides.

The last time that the Yorkshire giants defeated the Gunners was during a 3-2 Premier League victory at Highbury in May 2003.

A win for Bielsa’s side during Monday’s game could be a major confidence boost for his side.

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