SHELL-SHOCKED Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa will have to reshuffle his depleted resources against Arsenal on Saturday after the Whites 7-0 humiliation at Manchester City, writes Martin Jarred.

He does not have much wriggle room but the Argentine’s hand will be forced as neither full-back who started in the Etihad debacle will be available to face the Gunners at Elland Road (5.30pm).

Bielsa saw Jamie Shackleton limp off in Manchester after 38 minutes to join Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk in the crowded treatment room.

Cody Drameh, who has just turned 20, one of the seven youngsters on the bench, came on for Firpo and looks set to make his Elland Road debut against Mikel Arteta’s revived side.

Quite who occupies the defensive slot on the other flank is open to question.

It will depend if any of those defenders currently out of action do recover, otherwise the most likely scenario would see Stuart Dallas drop back from midfield and Mateusz Klich brought into the starting line-up.

Another major call Bielsa has to make is up front. Not surprisingly he started with the side which performed so well in the agonising last-gasp penalty 3-2 defeat at Chelsea which saw winger Dan James used as a striker.

It is a ploy that has failed more times than it has worked, leading to fans calling for teenager Joe Geldhardt to start in attack.

Geldhardt, a scorer at Chelsea, replaced James at half-time on Tuesday but could do little to prevent the tidal wave of attacks bearing down on the Leeds goal.

The Whites were already 3-0 down yet Bielsa stuck to his same tactics as Leeds crashed to their joint biggest defeat in any competition since joining the Football League in 1920.

They lost 8-1 to Stoke in 1934 and suffered 7-0 reverses in the League Cup to West Ham in 1966 and Arsenal in 1979.

Defeat was expected at the Etihad but it was the manner of if that shocked Bielsa. As brilliantly as City played from first to last, sluggish Leeds offered them far too much respect and space.

“We’ve never had a performance like the one today," he said.

"We didn’t do anything well. That was evident in the scoreline. There is nothing positive to take away from our performance.

"As there’s nothing to take from it, it’s inevitable I have to take responsibility for a defeat of this type."

Bielsa oversaw a stunning 2-1 win with ten men in the same stadium last season with a tactical defensive masterclass but seemed powerless to prevent rampant City storming to a statement win with goals by Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones, Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne (2), whose second was a thunderous strike.

With a trip to Liverpool on Boxing Day to follow, the Arsenal game takes on huge significance for Leeds who need at least a draw to stop the rot.

It has been a bad week all-round for Leeds who have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players at Chelsea.

Leeds have been charged because their players surrounded referee Chris Kavanagh on the award of the Blues’s match-winning penalty in added on time.

United’s match at Aston Villa has been put back a day to Wednesday February 9 (8pm) for television coverage.