Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they face Leeds United at Elland Road.
The Gunners have lost three of their last four Premier League games and have failed to score in each of those three defeats. It’s a record that manager Mikel Arteta is fully aware of and one reason why many fans have urged him to make changes to his starting line-up.
Arteta’s squad suffered a number of issues over the international break including two COVID-19 cases, with Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac ruled out of Sunday’s game due to testing positive for the virus while on national team duty with their respective countries.
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There is the added worry of burn out for some players including Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney, who both played three games in six days during the November internationals, although Saka remains unconcerned about the amount of minutes he’s played recently.
“It’s a lot of minutes but as a kid this is what you dream of,” he said.
“So I can’t now turn around and say I don’t want to play it because I am living my dream, playing for England.
Rob Holding, Dani Ceballos and some of their Arsenal teammates during an Arsenal training session.
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“I played all three games – who’d have thought I would do that? So I’m not going to complain.
“I just have to trust the people in charge will manage me in the correct way and continue to help me thrive and progress as a player.”
Arsenal haven’t found the net from open play in their last six hours and 26 minutes of Premier League and Arteta is expecting Sunday’s opponents to continue with their high-intensity style which has won many plaudits among supporters this season.
“That they will go full gas like they always do and they have had two…