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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