Leeds United have recently been drawn to face Arsenal in the Third Round of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium in January.
It could be set for an interesting game for both sides, with Leeds likely to fancy their chances of piling on the misery for the Gunners, who are without a win in their last eight games in all competitions.
One player in particular that will be keeping a close eye on the result will be Eddie Nketiah, who is currently on loan at Leeds United from Arsenal for the season.
The 20-year-old took to Twitter to issue a somewhat excited reaction to the announcement of the Third Round draw, and it’l be interesting to see who he sides with for this one.
— Eddie Nketiah (@EddieNketiah9) December 2, 2019
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth revealed that Nketiah is unavailable for selection for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in this game due to the terms of his loan agreement.
He can't play, for those asking.
— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) December 2, 2019
Nketiah will be frustrated by his lack of game time with Leeds so far this season, with the youngster still yet to make a league start for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
He has scored five goals in all competitions this term, and will be keen to be presented with an opportunity to impress in the near future as he’s recently returned from an injury lay-off.
The FA Cup could potentially be a distraction to Leeds’ promotion bid, so it seems like a ‘win-win’ scenario for Marcelo Bielsa, as they look to give a good account of themselves at the Emirates Stadium.
He’ll be disappointed that he can’t play in this one.
Marcelo Bielsa has given Nketiah a chance to impress in the cup competitions, so for him to be unavailable for this game will be hugely frustrating for the Gunners striker.
He’ll know that he isn’t first-choice striker at Elland Road at this moment in time, and it’s important that he takes the next opportunity presented to him by the Leeds boss heading into the festive period, where rotation in the squad could be likely.