Leeds United have published their Arsenal training video on YouTube and it appears that Jesse Marsch has called up five Under-21 stars to first-team training – ahead of Sunday’s outing at Elland Road against the Premier League leaders.
After a winless run of five Premier League matches, Leeds go into the game as firm underdogs. That is, despite Arsenal playing in Norway on Thursday night – and home advantage in Elland Road. But Luis Sinisterra is expected to return.
Leeds will be looking to put it right after surrendering a lead to lose to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last time out. Jesse Marsch’s solid start has now resulted in two points from a possible 15. He likes a big squad in training, though.
That is clear from the video, which shows the players in the gym before heading out to training. Darko Gyabi (2.25) is spotted with Willy Gnonto and Crysencio Summerville, before Max Dean comes into picture (2.30).
Leeds training video: Five Under-21 stars called-up
Then, on 2.35, the Under-21’s two goalscoring stars are also spotted during a warm-up drill in the form of Mateo Joseph and Sonny Perkins. The duo have been on fire, Joseph boasting nine goals in eight outings. Perkins has eight.
Right at the end of the video, at the back of shot with Luke Ayling, Sean McGurk also appears to be in training. The Scouse midfielder has had a haircut, making him almost unrecognisable – but on 5.10, he is also captured.
Of course, the likes of Gnonto, Summerville, Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh also feature. But these players, having made their senior debuts, are considered first-team players. Gnonto is still waiting to make his senior Leeds debut.
Whether any of the five names make the bench on Sunday afternoon remains to be seen. But all five have been in eye-catching form for the 21’s this season, as they sit top of Premier League 2’s second tier – under Michael Skubala.