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Arsenal vs Leeds: Carabao Cup – LIVE!


The Gunners will be favourites to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Mikel Arteta’s side bounced back from a poor performance against Crystal Palace to ease past Aston Villa in the Premier League last time out, with Emile Smith Rowe taking the plaudits.

Now comes an all-top-flight affair against Leeds in the fourth round of a competition Arsenal have not won since 1993, with the hosts set to make changes after brushing aside West Brom and AFC Wimbledon in earlier contests.

The likes of Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli will hope for another key chance to impress ahead of a weekend trip to Leicester.

Leeds beat Crewe and outlasted Fulham in a tense penalty shootout to reach this stage, though have managed just one victory in the league so far this season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men sit just one place and three points above the relegation zone after a tough start to the campaign, while they have only reached the last eight of this competition once in the last nine years.

Follow Arsenal vs Leeds LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, including expert analysis from Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium….

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Arteta hails Aubameyang and Lacazette

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is unlikely to feature for Arsenal tonight, but Mikel Arteta was nevertheless effusive in his praise of the striker in the build-up to the visit of Leeds to north London.

Asked if Aubameyang was finally rediscovering his best form after seven goals in nine appearances so far this season, including in back-to-back games against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, the Spaniard said: “I wouldn’t go to the goals, again it is what Auba is transmitting on the pitch.

“I have never seen Auba transmit what he is doing now. It is a click.

“Apart from the goals, the celebration when they put the ball in the net, do you see the way he runs, the purpose he has to press the ball and when he takes it his movement, his link, how is leading the game?

“That is when he is changing the rest, not when he is static and then he puts the ball in the net. I prefer this Auba.”

Arteta evidently feels the same about fellow forward Alexandre Lacazette, who is providing strong leadership despite having to deal with a reduced role in the team.

“For me it is a click,” he added. “It is a combination that realising that his role has to go well beyond that.

“What was good, or very good, two or three years ago, with his role in this team, at this club, it is not enough. He had to take a step forward.

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“I would say the same with Laca. Look what he is transmitting, not just doing or playing, what he is transmitting. For me that is really, really important.

“They lead by example and not only there but as well at the training ground. Certain things, a role they could have had three years ago in the squad, now it has changed.

“Human beings change themselves every six months, they have all new selves and it’s incredible so we are able to adapt very quickly and manipulate and change our minds very quickly as well.

“They are doing that for the benefit of the club, but for sure, for the benefit of themselves.

“Leading is not telling someone what he needs to do, for me it is being able to transform that person and not just with words, but with facts as well.”

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Martinelli must grab rare chance to shine

The Carabao Cup is traditionally a competition for young and fringe players to seize their moment to shine — and Gabriel Martinelli will be hoping to do just that on Tuesday night, writes Simon Collings.

After winning Olympic gold with Brazil in the summer, the 20-year-old’s season is still yet to really get going. Martinelli started the opening two Premier League games of the season, largely because Arsenal’s squad was hit by a Covid-19 outbreak, but since then his opportunities have been limited.

An abundance of attacking options and a lack of European football are partly to blame for that. Since Martinelli joined the club in 2019, Emile Smith Rowe has burst onto the scene, while Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe can also play out on the left flank.

It has left Martinelli fighting for minutes and it is why tonight’s fourth-round tie is perhaps bigger for the Brazilian than many others in the Arsenal squad. When chances are few and far between, you have to make sure you take them.

Arsenal head into this match looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight games and, after a miserable start to the season, there is a sense this team could be going somewhere under Mikel Arteta.

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Arsenal vs Leeds prediction

Having two teams largely made up of fringe players adds a layer of the unexpected but Leeds have struggled in cup competitions under Bielsa and Arsenal should have the talent to see out the job in front of their home fans.

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Leeds team news: Raphinha a huge doubt

Leeds are likely to be without Raphinha tonight due to an injury sustained by the Brazilian in Saturday’s last-gasp draw with Wolves at Elland Road.

Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Robin Koch are also still sidelined, along with summer signing Junior Firpo.

Expect plenty of changes from Bielsa also.

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Arsenal team news: Arteta to ring changes

Both managers are set to rotate their usual teams tonight.

Bernd Leno could come in between the sticks for Arsenal with Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari set to join Nuno Tavares in defence.

The Portuguese youngster should keep his place having replaced the injured Kieran Tierney (ankle) last week, with Tierney still out.

In midfield, there could be starts for Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, behind Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah in attack. Granit Xhaka remains out (knee).

Arsenal likely XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tavares; Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketiah.

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How to watch Arsenal vs Leeds

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event and Football.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.

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Welcome to Arsenal vs Leeds LIVE coverage

Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of the Carabao Cup.

The fourth-round action gets underway tonight, with the focus here on Arsenal’s clash with Leeds at the Emirates Stadium.

Stay tuned for all the match build-up, latest team news, expert analysis from Simon Collings and live game updates, with kick-off this evening slated for 7:45pm BST.

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