Arsenal face Leeds United at home in the third round of the FA Cup, with the match to take place between the 3rd and the 6th of January.
Arsenal drew Leeds in Monday night’s draw, with Tony Adams picking out the Gunners’ opponents. The match will take place at the Emirates Stadium, with the exact date and time yet to be determined.
Leeds are the form team in the Championship right now, sitting top of the table having won all of their last five games.
The side are coached by Marcelo Bielsa, and some Arsenal fans will have been following their progress even before the FA Cup draw as a result of Leeds’ season-long loan of Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah is currently Leeds’ second-top scorer for the season with five goals. That’s despite an injury keeping him out for the whole of November, and the fact he hasn’t yet received a start in the Championship.
Thankfully, the rules prevent Nketiah featuring for Leeds in the match. If anything, he’s more likely to be available on Arsenal’s side, with recent talk of a potential loan recall.
Leeds haven’t played in the FA Cup yet, so Nketiah wouldn’t be cup-tied for Arsenal, nor for any other club if the Gunners want to re-loan him out. In fact, this draw is helpful for the player in that regard, giving him more time to assess his options without becoming cup-tied.
In his place, Patrick Bamford is likely to start up front for Leeds. Assuming Freddie Ljungberg is still in charge at that point, it will be good to get a look at how he approaches his first cup game as head coach.