Leeds United full-back Ezgjan Alioski has privately informed his fellow players he can’t “wait” to face Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe on Sunday after the red card debate at their last assembly.
Alpeki headed Pepe in an off-the-ball occasion and a 51st-minute straight red card was contested within the Premier League in November after referee Anthony Taylor noticed the substitute on a field-side monitor.
Arsenal had been dispatched as much as that point however held agency for the rest of the match to assert a share of the spoils in a 0-0 draw, with manager Mikel Arteta describing Pepe’s conduct as “unacceptable” ”.
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And now Leeds teammate Patrick Bamford has revealed that Alioski is relishing one other struggle with Pepe when the Yorkshire side journey to Emirates Stadium over the weekend.
Talking on The Official Leeds United Podcast, Bamford said: “Do what, he said within the altering room the opposite day: ‘I can not anticipate Sunday’.
“I used to be like, ‘Why? ‘It was like,’ I am taking part in against my friend Pepe once more ‘. I used to be like, ‘No method!’ ”
Former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford – a regular on the podcast – added his ideas: “It could end me taking part in a lot against him. There are at all times rats round all of the time. ”
Bamford replied: “He is the worst not him. It by no means shuts up both. ”
Leeds are at present a greater point and place within the league table than Arsenal and Bamford are “excited” for the remainder of the season, he said: “I believe on the start of the season when you said we would be taking part in Arsenal away in February and you are going to be forward of them within the league, then I do not assume anybody would have believed it.
“However that is precisely the way it has gone, and I am excited about it. I believe it’s going to swimsuit us, and we’ll see how we get on. Now, I do not wish to get forward of ourselves, however we wish to be trying forward and seeing how far we are able to get. ”
On the Arsenal recreation, Beckford added: “My cash is on us winning. Arsenal appear to be in a bad place proper now, nothing is working out for them.
“They have a few players coming in, going out, and there is not any stability inside their ranks. So I do not assume they will have the ability to deal with the overload, the work charge, having the ability to finish ours and just quantity 9. “