Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Leeds have what it takes to beat Arsenal “comfortably” thanks to the return of Kalvin Phillips.
Phillips has been out since suffering a shoulder injury in a game against Wolves in mid-October. It was initially warned that he could miss six weeks, but there is now a chance he could return ahead of schedule.
The midfielder has been back in light training ahead of Leeds’ first game back from the international break. They will take on Arsenal on Sunday.
It is not yet clear if Phillips will be able to play, but the fact he is in contention will be a welcome boost for a Leeds side who have struggled somewhat in his absence.
In their first game without Phillips, they beat Agbonlahor’s old side Aston Villa – and were quick to rub it into the former striker.
However, in their two games since then, they have suffered consecutive 4-1 defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace.
While Agbonlahor has been fairly outspoken against Leeds in recent weeks, he has now changed his tune and suggested Marcelo Bielsa’s side could cause an upset against Arsenal – if Phillips is available.
“They’ve missed Phillips,” he told Football Insider. “He’s the sort of player Leeds need back because since he’s been gone, they’ve struggled.
“I also think [Pablo] Hernandez should return to the side because he’s a great player.
“I do actually think Leeds will beat Arsenal because they’ll run them into the ground and Arsenal are not full of confidence at the moment.
“The game is at Elland Road, too.”
‘Leeds will do well this season’
“They’ll be looking to get back to winning ways and Leeds will do well this season,” he continued. “They’ll lose games but they’ll win games and this is one of the games that I can see them winning comfortably.
“They’ve got the players.”
Leeds last met Arsenal in the FA Cup third round last season, losing by a narrow 1-0 margin. The Gunners, of course, went on to win the entire competition.
Leeds concluded their own campaign by winning promotion, ending a long wait for their return to the Premier League.
Since then, they have shown on occasion their ability to compete against the biggest sides. They ran Premier League champions Liverpool close on the opening day and claimed a draw against Manchester City the following month.