Mikel Arteta unable to rest key Arsenal stars with eight out for Leicester clash

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be without up to eight players for the Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City on Wednesday.

The Gunners have begun the season in fine form, winning both of their Premier League matches and scoring three in each game.

Arteta may have been tempted to rest some of his first-team stars for the League Cup tie with the Foxes with plenty of fixtures to come this season.

Though his potential plans have been dented with plenty of Arsenal stars set to miss the Emirates clash.

Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli and Shkodran Mustafi are all long-term absentees and will not have recovered in time for the match.

Kieran Tierney remains out with a tight groin though there are hopes that he will resume full training by the end of the week.

Attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe injured his right shoulder in training and is not expected to return to the London Colney pitches for at least a week.

Sokratis and Cedric Soares complete the injury list with both suffering calf problems, though may return by the weekend.

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New goalkeeper Alex Runarsson could make his debut after signing for Arsenal on Monday.

On signing, the Icelandic shot-stopper said: “I'm just extremely happy, extremely proud, it is a big day for me and my family. I can't wait to get started!

“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world – they've won the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup 14 times, it is a huge club and obviously playing in the Premier League as well, it is a win-win situation.

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“I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready to do everything I can to get the most amount of minutes as possible.”

Arsenal take on Leicester having not won the League Cup since 1993, though Arteta's side impressed in the cup competitions last season, winning the FA Cup.

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