LEEDS United coach Jesse Marsch will have to reshuffle his limited pack to face Chelsea on Wednesday after Sunday’s horror show at Arsenal.

He’s running out of defensive cards to play in the battle for Premier League survival after Luke Ayling’s straight red card in the 2-1 defeat in North London.

Ayling, who was making his 500th appearance, will miss the remaining three games of the season after his reckless challenge on Gabriel Martinelli, just before the half-hour.

By that time the Gunners were already two goals up, scored by former Leeds loanee Eddie Nketiah – the first gifted by a dreadful error by goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Ayling’s dismissal, coupled with Stuart Dallas’ broken leg sustained in the previous game against Manchester City, leaves Marsch with problems on the right side of the defence.

“It does present us with a dilemma," said Marsch.

"We have Jamie Shackleton to play this position. We can play Raphinha, we can try a centre-back outside at the full-back position.

"We have some options, but we've got to figure out what’s the best scenario to get us through the next three matches."

Shackleton has not featured in the first team since the 7-0 thrashing at Manchester City while deploying Raphinha in a more defensive role does not make the most of the Brazilian’s attacking talents.

Much will depend on the availability of skipper Liam Cooper, who is still nursing a knee injury and was not risked on Sunday.

Their self-inflicted defeat at Arsenal, coupled with Everton’s victory at Leicester by the same score, saw the Whites plunge into the bottom three where they are locked on the same number of points as Burnley but with a much worse goal difference.

With ten men, Leeds showed plenty of spirit after the interval and were rewarded with a Diego Llorente goal but it could not disguise a poor performance in which young substitute Lewis Bate was one of the few plus points.

“I have no doubts that if we need Lewis at some point here in the next three matches, that he'll be ready to play and that he'll perform like he did this afternoon,” said Marsch who continues to hammer home an optimistic message.

“We have to stay positive, we have to stay strong and we have to forge on. And that's the only way we can operate right now,” he said.

“Even the message after the game was that our focus is fully on Chelsea right now to do whatever we can to recover and prepare ourselves for a big match on Wednesday.”

Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Leeds fans will be hoping Thomas Tuchel’s side will take their eye off the ball at Elland Road ahead of their FA Cup final showdown with Liverpool on Saturday tea-time.

However, third-placed Chelsea still need points to secure Champions League football so it is unlikely they can afford to take their foot off the gas on Wednesday.