Arsenal v Leeds United latest odds, news and free bets

Thierry Henry is one of the greatest players to grace English football and the Frenchman’s return to the Emirates Stadium has been greeted with universal acclaim, although it remains to be seen whether the New York Red Bulls striker can make an impact on a second short stint with the Gunners

Perhaps Arsene Wenger will choose to play Henry from the start against Leeds United, something that will get the home supporters right behind the team and make the visitors nervous.

Arsenal are a 2/7 chance (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory in this match, although it is likely that Robin Van Persie will be kept on the bench as Wenger looks to ensure the Dutchman gets lots of rest ahead of a busy remainder of January, not to mention a Champions League double with AC Milan.

Henry is a 9/2 chance (Betfred – £50 free betting) to score the first goal of the game, with the north London side short of attacking options with Gervinho already off to the African Cup of Nations and Marouane Chamakh featuring for the last time.

Leeds United will feel unfortunate that they have been drawn away to Arsenal in the FA Cup for the second season running, although they were brutally close to winning at the Emirates twelve months ago, with a Cesc Fabregas penalty denying Simon Grayson’s team after Robert Snodgrass had sent them ahead from the spot.

The visitors are a 10/1 chance to claim victory and it’s not a bad price when you consider that Arsenal’s injury list is as long as your arm. Kieran Gibbs (groin), Thomas Vermaelen (calf), Bacary Sagna (ankle), Carl Jenkinson (back), Andre Santos (ankle), Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are all out, while Johan Djourou is suspended.

Another draw is a 5/1 chance, giving Leeds the chance to claim victory in a replay, something they were unable to achieve last time around.

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