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‘He’ll be there’: Bielsa is recalling Leeds player deemed a ‘secret weapon’ for Arsenal clash

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‘He’ll be there’: Bielsa is recalling Leeds player deemed a ‘secret weapon’ for Arsenal clash

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that he’ll be recalling Rodrigo Moreno to the Whites squad for Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Arsenal.

The 29-year-old summer signing is already a fan favourite at Elland Road after impressing in the white shirt, with six league appearances and a League Cup match under his belt so far.

Rodrigo has missed out on Leeds’ last two games as he had to self-isolate, after which the international break brought a temporary halt to league proceedings.

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Although it is unlikely that Rodrigo will start for Leeds against the Gunners, Bielsa has confirmed that the Spaniard will be in the matchday squad.

Speaking to Leeds Live, the Argentine gave an update on the availability of some of his players, saying: “Phillips: yes. Moreno: yes. Llorente: not yet.”

Asked whether Moreno was fit enough to start, Bielsa replied: “Less likely he will start, but he will be there.”


Leeds are currently 15th in the table and will be hoping to put consecutive 4-1 defeats behind them against an Arsenal side 12th in the standings.

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Deemed a “secret weapon” by Leeds Live, the outlet noted how his role in shadowing Patrick Bamford enables him to drift into space, pulling opposition defenders out of position and opening space for midfield runners to exploit.

“It is a largely unnoticed facet of the Spaniard’s game but it is extremely valuable, particularly when there are the likes of Luke Ayling, Mateusz Klich and Stuart Dallas who can and will make unobstructed, unmarked runs to join the forward line,” they wrote.

Against an Arsenal side which has come in leaps and bounds and will be eager to put their dismal 3-0 loss to Aston Villa behind them, hopefully Moreno can get some game time and do his bit to condemn the Gunners to another poor result.

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