FA Cup draw: Arsenal would lose to Leeds if match was played this week – Chris Sutton

Arsenal would lose to in form Leeds if they played this week in the FA Cup. That is the view of pundit Chris Sutton. Arsenal were drawn against Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who have won their last five matches in a row.

In contrast, Arsenal have failed to win any of their last eight matches and drew 2-2 at the weekend against Norwich.

After the draw was made, former England defender Micah Richards said: “I’m sure they’ll go there with confidence, especially with Bielsa.”

And speaking of BBC Radio Five Live, Sutton felt the Championship side should feel confident about causing an upset.

He said: “I think Arsenal Leeds is fascinating.

“If it was to be played this week I’d actually fancy Leeds to beat them.

“They are in phenomenal form. Arsenal look [the] same old Arsenal, decidedly shaky at the back. That’s a huge game.”

The last time the two sides met in the competition was in 2012 when Arsenal won 1-0 courtesy of a late Thierry Henry winner.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to earn Arsenal a point on Sunday at Carrow Road.

And he believes interim manager Freddie Ljungberg can give the squad “something special”.

“Everybody is respectful of Freddie,” Aubameyang said.


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“He played for Arsenal, he knows as a player how we feel. It’s interesting to have him.

“We had only one session with him, maybe two for those guys who didn’t play on Thursday.

“We will see this week what is going to happen. For me personally I think it’s good for us. He played for Arsenal and he has this in his heart.

“He can give us something special. He was part of the Invincibles – his career speaks for itself.

“We will try to follow him and give the best for him.”

FA Cup third-round ties

Leicester City vs Wigan Athletic

QPR vs Swansea City

Fulham vs Aston Villa

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

Wolves vs Manchester United

Charlton Athletic vs West Brom

Rochdale or Boston United vs Newcastle

Cardiff City vs Forest Green or Carlisle

Oxford United vs Exeter City or Hartlepool

Sheffield United vs AFC Fylde

Southampton vs Huddersfield Town

Liverpool vs Everton

Bristol City vs Shrewsbury Town

Bournemouth vs Luton Town

Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle vs Coventry City or Ipswich Town

Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra vs Barnsley

Manchester City vs Port Vale

Middlesbrough vs Tottenham

Reading vs Blackpool

Watford vs Tranmere Rovers

Preston vs Norwich City

Millwall vs Newport County

Crystal Palace vs Derby County

Solihull Moors or Rotherham United vs Hull City

Brentford vs Stoke City

Fleetwood Town vs Portsmouth

Arsenal vs Leeds United

Gillingham vs West Ham

Burton Albion vs Northampton Town

Burnley vs Peterborough

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

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