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Arsenal: Journalist identifies key Leeds weakness ahead of Gunners clash

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Football writer Charles Watts has pinpointed the area where Arsenal should target when they take on Leeds this Sunday. 

Three successive wins over fellow European contenders Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham has put Mikel Arteta’s side in a commanding position in the race for the top four but with an intriguing north London derby to come next Thursday, there is still plenty of work to do if the club are to finish in a Champions League place for the first time since the 2015/16 season. 

This weekend they take on relegation-threatened Leeds United who are in need of a win themselves as they sit just two points above the bottom three so it will be a scrap for the Gunners.

However, they are considerable favourites against a side who were thumped 4-0 by Manchester City last weekend.

Stuart Dallas suffered a fractured leg in the defeat and Watts believes that it has left a huge void in the Yorkshire club’s side.

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Speaking on his YouTube channel (7:25) he said:

“Certainly the Stuart Dallas absence is going to be big for them because he’s a very important player for Leeds United and is pretty much a mainstay in that side so they will be missing him.”

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By the time Arteta’s men are on the pitch Sunday they will know exactly where they stand in the race for Europe.

Spurs travel to Anfield to take on title-chasing Liverpool on Saturday night and could move a point in front of the Gunners with a win. 

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However, if the Reds beat Tottenham then it would give Arsenal the opportunity to extend their lead on their fierce rivals to five points heading into the crunch north London derby next week. 

They will have the impetus and with Leeds having conceded more goals than anyone else in the league (72) as well as Dallas’ injury it should encourage the Londoners who are aiming to end a two-game losing streak at home.   

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