Arteta Give Update on Team News and Injuries Ahead of Leicester Clash

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has provided the latest update on his team ahead of the clash against Brendan Rogers’ Leicester City side on Sunday.

Speaking to the media after the Gunners Europa League away victory to Rapid Vienna, Arteta said:

on team news…
We have to assess a few players today. We have some knocks and niggles from last night which is normal and after a long flight as well. Let’s see how everybody is today.

on Leicester’s start to the season…
Well, they’re a really difficult team. I think Brendan and his team have done a great job. They dramatically changed the philosophy and the way of playing, since they arrived and I think they had an incredible season last season. This season, ups and downs, like almost every team in the Premier League and some incredible results, like when they played against City. They can adapt and play different ways and sometimes they are really dominant, sometimes they can defend with a low block but overall they’re a really, really good team.

on whether it’s too early to comment on Dani and Willian…
I think so, I think so. They haven’t trained with us yet, so we’ll have to see how they react in the next couple of days.

on the return of some long-term injuries and welcoming the selection headaches…
Yes, we have a big squad. I think most of the teams do have this season because I think we have to bear in mind with the coronavirus situation that things can change really quickly and you have to be able to have the numbers to compete in the different competitions. With the Premier League rules allowing you to just take 18 players, it’s a headache and it hurts to all the time leave four or five players out of the squad as well. So we have to try to manage that as good as we can.

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