Leeds United host Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend, in what should be an evenly matched game.

The Whites have conceded eight goals in two games, but have a red-hot striker in Patrick Bamford.

Mikel Arteta’s side have largely been tighter defensively, but are struggling for goals and creativity.

That is shown in the difference in the numbers of shots Bamford is attempting compared to Arsenal’s forwards.

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As per Opta’s Duncan Alexander, Bamford has taken 29 shots this season – from which he has scored seven goals.

 

By contrast, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and former Leeds loanee Eddie Nketiah have only had 27 between them.

That underlines the difference in the creativity of the two teams, and shows how Leeds are geared up to get the best out of Bamford.

Arteta has done a lot of great defensive work with Arsenal but it has come at the cost of invention and chance creation.

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His midfield duo put a lot of onus on Dani Ceballos to pick the lock and the freedom afforded to the front three is not producing hatfuls of chances right now.

Arteta’s task this weekend is to stop the supply into Bamford, who was harshly denied another strike against Crystal Palace by a ludicrous VAR call.

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