Mikel Arteta issues warning to Arsenal stars ahead of Leicester City clash

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal face Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal face Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has warned his Arsenal players they will be coming up against a ‘really difficult’ team in Leicester City this weekend.

The Gunners beat Rapid Vienna in the Europa League during the week and return to Premier League action on Sunday against Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.

Arteta has hailed Rodgers for ‘changing Leicester’s philosophy’ and says they were ‘incredible’ last season as they narrowly missed out on a top-four finish.

Arsenal and Leicester have both taken nine points from their five Premier League matches so far this season, with three wins and two defeats apiece.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s clash at the Emirates, Arteta said: ‘Well, they’re a really difficult team. I think Brendan and his team have done a great job.

‘They dramatically changed the philosophy and the way of playing, since they arrived and I think they had an incredible season last season.

‘This season, ups and downs, like almost every team in the Premier League and some incredible results, like when they played against Man City.

‘They can adapt and play different ways and sometimes they are really dominant, sometimes they can defend with a low block but overall they’re a really, really good team.’

Arsenal beat Leicester in the Carabao Cup last month but Arteta does not expect that result to have any bearing on this weekend’s Premier League encounter.

He added: ‘I think it was different. Different players and probably different formations as well, in a different competition.

‘But I think we will both look at those and try to get something out of it, but I think it will be a different game.’

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson, meanwhile, is backing Arteta’s Gunners to secure another victory over the Foxes this weekend.

He told BBC Sport: ‘This is a good time for Arsenal to play Leicester, who have lost their past two league matches.

‘The Foxes still have injury concerns over Jamie Vardy and they will definitely be without a couple of other key players in Caglar Soyuncu and Wilfred Ndidi. I’m going for an Arsenal win.’

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