Mikel Arteta drops Arsenal selection hint for Leeds clash after Under-23 team confirmed

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may have dropped a huge hint on what his squad selection may be for Sunday’s match against Leeds. The Gunners are in terrible form of late having lost three of their last four Premier League games.

Goals have been hard to come by as well of late with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty against Manchester United being their only league goal since beating Sheffield United 2-1 last month.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has looked a shadow of his usual self this season with just three goals nine matches across all competitions.

Arteta has opted to stick with a front three led by Alexandre Lacazette through the middle, flanked by Aubameyang and Willian of late.

Lacazette started the season with a bang, scoring in three consecutive matches.

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But he’s looked off the pace recently, leading calls for Arteta to change things up.

And he could do just that this weekend against Leeds after Reiss Nelson was left out of Arsenal’s Under-23 squad to face Everton on Friday.

The 20-year-old has impressed in his limited number of appearances for Arsenal’s first-team this season.

He played the full 90 minutes in the 3-0 win over Dundalk last month, but is yet to appear in a matchday squad in the Premier League.


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But with Arteta needing to rejig his squad in order to try and find more goals, Nelson could well provide that spark.

He’s proven to be a versatile forward since breaking through at Arsenal, playing all across the front line.

And Nelson has already proven he can find the net on the big stage having scored the winner against Liverpool last season.

Arteta will also have to rethink his midfield options with Thomas Partey ruled out.

The Arsenal boss refused to put a timeline on the Ghana international’s possible return, but hopes to have him back soon.

“He picked up an injury very early in the game [against Aston Villa], he tried to carry on and he wanted to play the second half and we knew it was a significant injury,” he said.

“He has done really well, he is working very hard and he wants to be available.

“Hopefully we can get him back soon but it is an area where we have to be careful and a bit protective with the player.”

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