Arsenal: Arteta expecting tough Foxes test

29 October 2021 23:28:19 GMTPlus11
Mikel Arteta is ready for a tough test

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta expects a severe test of his side's recent improvements when they visit Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Gunners, who have won six of their last eight league and cup matches, are 9/5 to beat their 29/20 hosts in the first top-flight game of the weekend, while a draw at the King Power Stadium is a 5/2 chance.

Gunners overcoming slow start

Arsenal started the 2021-22 season with three straight defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, but their form has picked up since then.

The North Londoners are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions, but Arteta is preparing for a major test against the Foxes this weekend.

Both teams are going to play to win the game.

Mikel Arteta

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He told reporters: "Both teams are going to play to win the game. We both know that it's going to be a tough game.

"I think in every department we can get better. The use of the ball, the understanding of the game, how we manage situations, how we deal with moments of pressure.

"In everything, in every department, I think we have a lot of improvements to make, but there are some basics that we are doing much better."

Defensive doubts remain

On the injury front, Ben White, signed from Brighton in the summer, came off in the 55th minute of the 2-0 midweek EFL Cup win over Leeds United as he was struggling with a sickness bug that has also affected fellow defender Pablo Mari.

Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney and attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard missed the Leeds game due to injuries, but Arteta hopes the pair could be in the squad at Leicester.

In his pre-match press conference, Arteta added on White's fitness: "He hasn't trained yet. We will have to wait and see how he is feeling and make the decision then.

Kieran is progressing in training. He felt a little bit better the last couple of days but he wasn't 100 per cent to start the other day."

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