BBC pundit says he enjoyed watching Leeds give the club he supports 'a chasing' last season

Sam Preston November 18, 2020
BBC pundit says he enjoyed watching Leeds give the club he supports 'a chasing' last season
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Arsenal face Leeds this weekend, for the first time since their FA Cup encounter in January.

The Gunners won out 1-0 on that occasion, but the Whites utterly dominated the first half at the Emirates Stadium.

BBC pundit Ian Wright – an avid Arsenal fan – has spoken about that performance on the Wrighty’s House podcast (18/11, 48 mins).

He has praised what Marcelo Bielsa’s side did that night and called them a ‘joy to watch’ even as they took the team he supports apart on their own patch.

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“Did you see when Leeds played us in the FA Cup?” said Wright. “They gave us a chasing! Oh my god.

“It was a joy to watch what they did to my team. I was thinking ‘what’s going on?’ The movement, everything they were doing, the confidence.

“We know exactly what Bielsa’s going to do. We need to be ready for that. When I watched that team I thought they owe it to themselves to come and play in this league.”

Arsenal had a lucky escape against a rotated Leeds side that night, and the trip to Elland Road is a tricky assignment.

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Both sides are going into the match on the back of a three-goal loss last time out.

Both Bielsa and Mikel Arteta have had plenty of time to stew on those losses, to Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

Both will likely look back at that FA Cup meeting from the early days of 2020 to see where their sides could have done better.

If Leeds can play like they did in that first half for a full 90 minutes, it will be a very tough afternoon for the Gunners.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.