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Arteta explains heavy Arsenal rotation for Leicester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal talks to Thomas Partey of Arsenal before making his debut during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal rotate heavily

Arsenal vs Leicester in Sunday’s early kick-off has seen the Gunners’ line-up significantly changed in comparison to their 3-2 victory in Greece against Benfica.

Mikel Arteta has chosen to make a total of 6 changes – bringing in Cedric, Pablo Mari, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe, Willian and Alexandre Lacazette.

The notable absentees and bench sitters are Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalhaes, Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey.

The latter did not start the match against Benfica, but has recently returned from another significant injury on the back of which Arteta has looked to protect the Ghanaian international where possible, bringing him back into his squad gradually.

Interestingly, though, Gabriel Martinelli is still unable to make the first-team line-up from the off. The Spanish coach has instead opted for Nicolas Pepe and Willian.

The Brazilian and former Chelsea man came on against Benfica, and set up Kieran Tierney’s equaliser, which brought about praise from Arteta after the game.

“Hopefully Thursday’s performance is going to give him the platform and belief that he is a really important player – he is a player I really like and I did a lot to bring him in and hopefully he can still give us more,” he said.

Arteta explains decisions

Arteta has revealed that a number of fitness issues during the recovery process after Benfica on Thursday have enforced many of the changes to his side versus Leicester.

“We have had some problems in the last 48 hours to recover players. Players with some muscular issues. We got here on Friday evening and we had to freshen up ands the reality is that there are other players as well who are fighting for chances and they deserve the chance to play,” he said.

The last time Arsenal played Leicester was at the Emirates, where the Foxes came away with a 1-0 victory after Arteta and his side had dominated much of the match.

The Gunners boss revealed that his side have set up to deal with both possible scenarios of a dominant Leicester performance or a more conservative defensive display. Much will be expected regardless of heavy change in the team.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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