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Leeds told the one star Jesse Marsch depending on to ‘change the fortunes’ and threaten Arsenal

Luis Sinisterra, August 2022

Leeds United will be relying on Luis Sinisterra to put his red card behind him and pose a threat to Arsenal on Sunday, Noel Whelan says.

The Colombia star has made an immediate impact since moving to Elland Road from Feyenoord in the summer. While that impact has been positive with goals, he has also hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Sinisterra received a red against Aston Villa earlier this month for two successive yellow cards.

And the timing of the cards – one before half time and one straight after the break – led one pundit to label the star “stupid” and call on Leeds boss Jesse Marsch to punish him.

Marsch insisted, though, that the winger has learnt from the sending-off and has vowed to show more discipline.

Whelan has subsequently tipped Sinisterra to come straight back in against Arsenal on Sunday after his one-match suspension for last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

“I think they’ll try and get him back out on the field as soon as possible,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“He’s only missed one game – and he was exceptional up until that sending-off.

“We haven’t won in quite a while – five games now – and he’s one player who really could change the fortunes of Leeds.

“I fully expect to see him out there against Arsenal. He is one of the players who can make a big difference.”

Sinisterra and his growing Leeds role

Sinisterra impressed at Feyenoord last season, scoring 23 goals and assisting 14 others in 49 appearances.

He then got his Leeds career off to a flying start with a goal and an assist against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup.

Those contributions set him up for his first two Premier League goals against Everton and Brentford, respectively.

But, it was after the 5-2 defeat to Brentford – when Sinisterra was one of very few bright sparks for Leeds – that he received his red card against Villa.

He has of course not been helped by the fact that Leeds have had two games postponed this season.

However, against high-flying Arsenal, the Whites need players who can make a serious impact – and Sinisterra has proved one of those players so far.

Leeds’ other attacking options are also yet to prove themselves fully under Marsch.

Rodrigo has scored four goals this season but none since the 3-0 win over Chelsea in August.

And Patrick Bamford is just battling to consistently improve his minutes game by game until he feels ready to properly contribute.