Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski says that going to Arsenal is ‘nothing special’ and he believes Leeds, when they eventually return to the Premier League at some point, will be one of the biggest clubs there.
Beating Arsenal this season has been nothing special. It’s been so easy a child could manage a team against us.
But that was before.
I have a funny feeling that the Arsenal Alioski thinks he will be facing on Monday night is not actually the team Leeds will line up against.
“It’s a nice stadium, it’s a big club, but it’s not so special to go there because it’s Arsenal,” Alioski, who plays international football for North Macedonia, said.
“You have some players who think like this, but it’s not enough to think ‘Wow, it’s Arsenal’, because we are also a good team and we want to show it.
“We need to go there with a lot of confidence like we always do and to play like we always do. Not to be scared to go there. I see the result versus Manchester United, but this United, even we can beat them. This is a cup, it’s different.
“The difference is that they’re [Arsenal] in the Premier League, we are in the Championship, and it’s nice to go there and show them who is Leeds. If we are in the Premier League, Leeds are going to be one of the biggest clubs, like I know they were before.”
Alioski, is a left sided defender/midfielder/winger who has four goals and three assists in 21 Championship games. He signed for Leeds from FC Lugano in the summer of 2017 for around £2.25m.
He is under contract until the end of the season and worth approx £4m now.