Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has heaped glowing praise on Arsenal ahead of their Premier League showdown this weekend.

The Whites will look to bounce back from back-to-back defeats in the top flight when they host the Gunners on Sunday.

Despite their recent disappointing form, Leeds have impressed on their return to the Premier League and Bielsa has been heralded for his style of play.

But this weekend, they come up against a resurgent Arsenal side who are beginning to shine under Mikel Arteta's stewardship.

And speaking ahead of the clash, the Leeds boss said: "Arsenal is one of the best teams in the league. They have players of hierarchy in all of their lines.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has heaped glowing praise on Arsenal

"They have a manager who proposes a style which distinguishes the team.

"He’s a coach who wants his team to play as he projects. From a tactic point of view, if you watch Arsenal closely they show things that I have never seen in any other team."

Meanwhile, Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is back in contention and expected to start Sunday's home Premier League game against Arsenal.

Phillips tore shoulder ligaments in last month's home defeat to Wolves and has missed Leeds' last three Premier League matches, including successive 4-1 defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace.

Arsenal are beginning to shine under Mikel Arteta's stewardship

When asked if the England international was fit enough to start at Elland Road, boss Marcelo Bielsa said: "It's probable. I can't guarantee it, but it's probable."

Leeds will also be boosted by the return of club record signing Rodrigo, who has also missed the last two games after a period of isolation having recently tested positive for Covid-19.

"It's less likely he (Rodrigo) will start," Bielsa added. "But he will be there (in the squad)."

Leeds confirmed earlier on Friday that defender Pascal Struijk had signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract.

The versatile 21-year-old has made five appearances for Leeds in all competitions this season, including four in the top flight.

Struijk, who arrived at Elland Road from Ajax in January 2018, made his first-team debut in the Sky Bet Championship last season in a 2-0 home win against Hull.

He made five league appearances in total as Leeds won the Championship title and started in their first Premier League game in 16 years against Liverpool at Anfield on the opening day of the current campaign.