THE Premier League relegation noose is tightening around Leeds United’s necks.

Bookies odds for the drop have been slashed after Saturday evening’s 4-0 home defeat to Manchester City coupled with weekend victories for fellow strugglers Burnley and Everton.

Just a fortnight ago the Whites were quoted at 10-1, now some outlets have them as favourites to go down at 11-8. The battle to remain in the top-flight is currently out of United’s hands.

Jesse Marsch’s side head to Arsenal on Sunday (2pm) with Burnley now above them on goal difference and Everton just two points behind with a game in hand as the trio scrap to avoid slipping into the Championship.

What’s more Leeds will be going into the final four games of the season with a growing injury list after two shattering blows against leaders City.

Minutes after Burnley scored late goals to come from behind to win at Watford, skipper Liam Cooper’s name was scrubbed from the Leeds teamsheet against City.

“Liam had a weird feeling in his knee after making a pass in warm-up,” said Marsch.

“He will need a scan. We’re hopeful it’s not a major issue but we will see.”

In the three games Cooper has played since returning from a hamstring problem, Leeds had improved defensively so it was frustrating for home fans to see their side concede the opening two goals against City from set pieces.

Worse followed Rodri’s headed opener when utility star Stuart Dallas suffered a season-ending broken leg in a challenge with Jack Grealish just before half-time. With midfielder Adam Forshaw also out for the rest of the campaign with a knee fracture, Leeds have lost two of their most experienced players for the relegation run-in.

Despite his side’s predicament, Marsch remains upbeat ahead of United’s trip to the Gunners.

“I came from vacation into a relegation battle and I knew it would go to wire and we are up for it. The confidence I have in our group, their workrate and desire, gives me optimism and confidence. It won’t be easy but we’ll keep pushing.”

The margin of defeat was hard on Leeds, who posed City problems but once again were unable to take their chances.

Marsch said: “That’s where we are. We are still not able to quite slow the game down in key moments and have quality to create big chances and goals. Another day, we manage it better.

“So much has changed in the last two months. I feel like we’ve been ahead of schedule the whole time. I’m only taking positives from this. This was almost a write-off game. Manchester City is the best team in the world, we would have surprised everyone to get any points out of it. The performance was more important to me. We’ll take it with us.”

There is an outside chance that much-missed striker Patrick Bamford may be in the squad against Arsenal.

Burnley can pull clear of the drop zone with victory over Aston Villa at Turf Moor on Saturday while Everton, who defeated Chelsea at the weekend, are at Leicester City on Sunday.