Mikel Arteta and Marcelo Bielsa will face off at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

Bielsa’s Leeds have caught the eye with their attacking outlook – although they have leaked eight goals in their last two games.

Arteta has tightened Arsenal up since succeeding Unai Emery but is facing problems at the sharp end of the pitch.

Before the encounter, Arteta spoke to Arsenal’s official website about his admiration for Bielsa, who has inspired many managers and players.

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“They’re a very difficult opponent,” Arteta said. “I know Marcelo really well because I have followed him over the years. 

“I had the possibility to work with players who have been involved with him for years and he is a manager I have always admired because what he transmits and the way he manages to get his teams playing is very special. 


“They’re going to go 100mph for every ball, they way they press you, the way they challenge you, the way they go about the game for 96 minutes. They will make it a really difficult and really intense game.”

That’s the thing with Leeds – you know what they’re going to do, but can you stop it happening?

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Arsenal’s defence won’t be the most confident after getting ripped apart 3-0 by Aston Villa last time out.

Leeds will have to be careful about the pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the counter attack, because Wilfried Zaha cause them havoc last time out.

It should be an intriguing clash and Arteta is certainly primed for a testing afternoon on Sunday.

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