Both teams lost their final game before the international break and currently sit in the bottom half of the table. For hosts Leeds it was a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Crystal Palace, their fourth defeat of the season, leaving them in 15th despite a promising start to the campaign.
They are two points and four places below Arsenal, who were routinely beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa, also their fourth defeat of the season. After the initial excitement surrounding the start of Mikel Arteta’s reign, some doubts have been rising, with the Gunners 11th in the league and five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
But Arsenal have a good record against Leeds that will give them confidence going into Sunday’s game. The Gunners are unbeaten in their past seven games with Leeds across all competitions, winning six, since a 3-2 defeat at Highbury in May 2003.