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Arsenal have had their fair share of criticism this season, but Friday’s 3-1 win over Villa in the Premier League made it seven games unbeaten in all competitions for the Gunners, who have also been victorious in four of their last five matches at the Emirates Stadium.
Mikel Arteta‘s side, who are currently ninth in the Premier League table on 14 points, recorded a 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the last round of the EFL Cup to progress to this stage, with Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah on the scoresheet.
The Gunners are the most dominant team in the history of the FA Cup, winning the competition on 14 occasions, but they have only lifted the League Cup on two previous occasions.
The North London outfit first tasted success in this competition in 1987 before winning the 1993 trophy courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the final.
The absence of European football could certainly help Arsenal this season in their pursuit of domestic success, as they will have a lot more rest than their rivals, particularly over the next few weeks.
Head coach Arteta will make wholesale changes to the side that started against Villa in the Premier League on Friday, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Gabriel Martinelli, Bernd Leno, Mohamed Elneny, Cedric Soares, Nicolas Pepe and Rob Holding among those expected to come into the XI.
Nuno Tavares could retain his spot at left-back despite pressure from Sead Kolasinac, but there could otherwise be 10 alterations from Friday, with Folarin Balogun pushing to be involved at the tip of the attack.
As for Leeds, Robin Koch, Luke Ayling, Junior Firpo, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford will all be missing at the Emirates Stadium through injury.
Whites boss Bielsa will also make changes from his side’s Premier League game on Saturday, with Tyler Roberts, Crysencio Summerville, Adam Forshaw and Charlie Cresswell all in line for starts.
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A lack of options in a defensive area could see Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas continue in the full-back areas, though, while Bielsa is likely to resist the temptation to bring Kalvin Phillips into the side.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Cedric, Holding, Mari, Nuno; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Lokonga; Martinelli, Balogun, Pepe
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Shackleton, Cresswell, Cooper, Dallas; Summerville, Klich, Forshaw, Rodrigo, James; Roberts