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Marcelo Bielsa confirms Leeds will make changes for the trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup

Arsenal are likely to make changes too, but the competition is not high on Leeds’ list of priorities

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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that he will make changes to the Leeds line-up for the trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal in the FA Cup.

France youth international Illan Meslier will take the place of former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla in goal. It is a good chance for Meslier to bed himself in, having not had any first team football since a run in the side at Lorient. It could prove invaluable as Meslier could be required to play an extended run of game should Casilla be banned for the racism allegation against him.

Captain Liam Cooper will be rested for the game, with former Switzerland international Gaetano Berardi taking his place in central defence. Having made a good substitute appearance against West Bromwich Albion Barry Douglas will start at left-back, Ezgjan Alioski will move forward on to the right-wing allowing Leeds to rest Helder Costa.

Finally, and “finally” must be what he is thinking, Robbie Gotts will start in place on Northern Ireland’s Stuart Dallas in the centre of midfield. Gotts is the record holder for most appearances on the bench without making an appearance with 35, something which Bielsa admitted to feeling guilty about, but Gotts will now finally get a chance following his good performances for the u23 side.

Predicted Line-Up

4-1-4-1: Meslier; Ayling, White, Berardi, Douglas; Phillips; Alioski, Gotts, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.

Personally, I would like Poland international Mateusz Klich get a rest as well, but with Adam Forshaw and Jamie Shackleton unavailable that is unlikely to happen. I would also like to see Mateusz Bogusz involved in some way.