Mikel Arteta on Joe Willock’s chances of starting for Arsenal vs Leeds

Leeds vs Arsenal

Arsenal are set to return to action on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners will face a trip to Ellan Road for what should be an entertaining affair vs Leeds United.

Arsenal head into the tie on the back of a pretty average start to the campaign.

Mikel Arteta’s side have lost four of their eight league games this season, the latest of which saw them put to the sword by Aston Villa. Said loss meant Arsenal slipped down to 11th in the league.

As for Leeds, they have lost four, drawn one and won three of their eight Premier League outings, playing some pretty entertaining football along the way.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. (Photo by Andy Rain/PA Images via Getty Images)

Arteta on Willock

One of Arsenal’s bigger issues this term has perhaps been a lack of creativity.

With Mesut Ozil exiled, the north Londoners don’t currently appear to have a true ‘no.10’ type player in their squad to provide that killer ball needed to split open certain backlines.

One man who could well do so, though, is Joe Willock.

The Englishman has been impressing for Arsenal in the Europa League with his quick feet, solid passing and bursting runs into the box a real issue for defences.

However, Willock is yet to be afforded a single minute of league action in 2020/21.

As a result, Mikel Arteta was inevitably asked in his pre-Leeds press conference if Willock could start on Sunday, to which the Spaniard responded:

“I mentioned with Joe that I’ve been really impressed with him, the way he’s handled the situation of not having much game time in the Premier League.

“I haven’t seen him train like he’s done in the last five or six weeks under difficult circumstances. I think the reflection of that is the way he’s playing in the Europa League when he’s had the minutes, or the Carabao Cup in this case. He has a chance like everybody else to play on Sunday.”

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