Mikel Arteta said David Luiz’s injury and fatigue were the major factors on his side’s awful display in the second half in the game against Leicester.
“I think fatigue had a say as well. We didn’t look as sharp on the ball. We didn’t have as much purpose on the ball to create.
“Obviously, David was giving us something different when we had to attack the low block with his ability to attack the line and provoke, always threatening in behind. We lacked that a little bit in the second half.
“Still, credit to them, they are really organized when they do that. It is really difficult to create chances. We created a really good one with Hector [Bellerin’s volley] again and we didn’t convert.
“That’s the difference at the end, in the box, what we are able to do. Certainly, it’s an aspect that we have to improve.”
Having lost Rob Holding to a hamstring problem last week, the Gunners look short of options at the center-back position; a quite remarkable state of affairs given the number we have on the books. While Shkodran Mustafi made his first appearance of the season last night, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are still working their way back from injury. Whereas, young French defender William Saliba is seemingly “not ready” for the step up to the Premier League and Sokratis hasn’t been registered.
“I don’t know [when he’ll be back],” said Arteta about Luiz. “We’ve lost a few players in the last week or so. David had a muscular problem and he couldn’t carry on – we’ll have to assess him in the next 48 hours.”