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Arsenal morning headlines as Merson makes Willian claim, team news and transfer prediction

Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Sunday, November 22.

Predicted Arsenal line-up v Leeds

Arsenal return to action today as they face a tricky trip to newly-promoted Leeds United at Elland Road.

Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac are both ruled out of the tie having tested positive for Covid-19 during the international break while the likes of Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney played three games in six days over the international spell.

Thomas Partey (thigh) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) are both out injured for the Gunners while Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are not yet back to fitness, as per football.london.

Predicted Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Saka; Xhaka, Ceballos, Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

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Gunners backed for January deals

Arsenal legend Alan Smith has backed the club to invest in a new striker this January amid the current goal drought at the club.

The Gunners have just nine goals in eight league games and have scored just once in their last four games – from the penalty spot.

Despite Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah being options within the squad, Smith has backed the club to invest in a new forward this January.

“Willian’s come in and not quite reached the levels he had at Chelsea, Pepe is hot and cold, for £70-odd million, that’s been a disappointing signing so far, Alexandre Lacazette hasn’t kicked on from his first season as well,” Smith told Sky Sports , as per football.london .

“Eddie Nketiah is a little inexperienced to lean on week-in, week-out, and Gabriel Martinelli is still a way off, as good as he is.

“So, that is an area that Arteta might be a little worried about.”

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