Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Emirates Stadium will host Monday’s football game between Arsenal and Leeds United, who face each other in the third round of the FA Cup. The Gunners have been struggling in the Premier League season, with the team sitting in the bottom half of the standings ahead of the New Year. New boss Mikel Arteta is eager to bring glory days back to Emirates Stadium, but he will need time to put all pieces of the puzzle together.
Anyhow, the Gunners have slim chances of winning the Premier League trophy, meaning that they are likely to go all guns blazing at Leeds United in Monday’s FA Cup clash. A man to watch in the home side will be Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is enjoying yet another successful season. The Whites, on the other hand, are determined to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League, meaning that the Arsenal game is anything but crucial for them.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain.
This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot.
Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
Highlighted Team (Leeds United):
Leeds United is one of the clubs that won the FA Cup. The Whites outplayed Arsenal in the final of the prestigious competition back in 1972, but they clinched the League Cup trophy as well. Leeds United faced the Gunners in the 1967/1968 League Cup final and it has to be noted that Terry Cooper scored the winner for the Whites.
Leeds play their home games at Elland Road and the capacity of the stadium is 37,914. The club was founded in 1919 and they have won three First Division (Premier League) trophies ever since (1968/1969, 1973/1974, 1991/1992). Leeds United made it to the Champions League final in 1975, but they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the title clash.
The Whites were impressive under David O’Leary. The likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Ian Harte were part of the Elland Road outfit back then and they did well to reach the semis of the Champions League in 2001.