Danny Mills: Only two Leeds players would get in the Arsenal team
Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips are the only Leeds United players who would get in the Arsenal starting XI.
That is according to 134-time Whites right-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider ahead of Leeds’ meeting with Arsenal on Sunday.
Leeds have surpassed all expectations in their first season in the Premier League since 2004 and will go four points above 11th-place Arsenal with a win.
Mills claimed that very few Leeds players would nail down a place in the Gunners line-up but that Bielsa’s side is greater than the sum of its parts.
Asked how many players from the Leeds team would get into Mike Arteta’s starting XI, he told Football Insider: “Not many, is the answer.
“I’ve said this many times about Leeds. When you compare it to the Arsenal team in their last match against Aston Villa…
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“Their goalkeeper’s probably better. Bellerin is probably a better right-back on his day. Centre-halves, that’s tough… That one’s hard to call. Cedric Soares, you’d probably have him in ahead of Alioski.
“You’d definitely have Kalvin Phillips alongside Thomas Partey in midfield.
“Raphinha maybe ahead of Pepe on form at the moment. Then you’ve got Lacazette and Aubameyang, you maybe even throw Smith Rowe in there.
“There aren’t too many Leeds players who get in there on sheer ability.
“But what Leeds do is they play in a unique way to an incredibly high standard. Marcelo Bielsa is getting 150% out of those players. They are paying to the absolute maximum and a bit more.”
Phillips, who is an injury doubt for Sunday, won his first England call-up earlier in the season and has gone on to play four times for Gareth Southgate’s side.
Raphinha meanwhile is in electric form and has four goal contributions in his last four games.