·30 March 2023
·30 March 2023
Arsenal host Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday looking to retain or even improve their lead at the top of the table.
The Gunners sit eight points ahead of Manchester City before England's top flight resumes this weekend after the international break. With no more Europa League football to contend with, it's the Premier League or bust for Mikel Arteta's side.
Here's the side he could pick to strengthen Arsenal's grip on the title race.
Jesus will hope for a starting spot / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages
GK: Aaron Ramsdale - Can't dislodge Jordan Pickford in the England setup but there are no doubts over Ramsdale's inclusion as the Gunners' number one.
RB: Ben White - Continues to impress at right back, being alert enough in defence while helping Arsenal play out from the back.
CB: Rob Holding - Squad player Holding has a crucial role to play until William Saliba is fit again. Came through the 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace unscathed.
CB: Gabriel - Arsenal have only managed one clean sheet in Gabriel's last five games - that came at Fulham as the Brazilian scored in a 3-0 win.
LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko - His Ukraine side were given the runaround by England in the recent Euro 2024 qualifiers but Zinchenko will see much more of the ball on Saturday.
CM: Martin Odegaard - Got stamped on by Manchester City's Rodri during a game between Spain and Norway but didn't suffer any lasting damage.
CM: Thomas Partey - Had Arsenal’s lead performance physio Simon Murphy with him while on Ghana duty and is hopeful of starting here.
CM: Granit Xhaka - Scored a belter during the break as Switzerland made an excellent start to Euro 2024 qualifying.
RW: Bukayo Saka - Starting to gain similar talisman status for England as he holds for Arsenal. Looking like a prime player of the year contender right now.
ST: Gabriel Jesus - The Brazilian managed two substitute appearances and a Europa League start before the international break. Could Saturday see him included in Arteta's league starting XI for the first time since the World Cup?
LW: Gabriel Martinelli - If Jesus were to be brought in, that would leave Martinelli scrapping with Leandro Trossard for the final spot in attack. Martinelli's pace and recent clinical finishing in front of goal could see him squeeze in.
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