Ben White was taken off in the 55th minute against Leeds United so is the defender likely to face Leicester at the weekend and will Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney be back?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Ben White of Arsenal reacts as he leaves the pitch after being injured during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Ben White of Arsenal reacts as he leaves the pitch after being injured during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Arsenal beat Leeds on Tuesday night to progress to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup with a team that was largely stuffed full of reserves.

Ben White, however, started at the back alongside Rob Holding, and there was concern when he had to be replaced by Calum ‘scored with his first touch’ Chambers after 55 minutes.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Calum Chambers of Arsenal celebrates with team mates after scoring their side's first goal during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Calum Chambers of Arsenal celebrates with team mates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Speaking to the press after the game, Mikel Arteta confirmed that the problem was an illness, confirming that a bug was going around the team.

Pablo Mari also missed out on the squad due to illness (not Covid) although he hasn’t actually been in the Arsenal squad since 18 September.

Had he been well, he would have started instead of White.

“No, there is a bug going on,” Arteta said after the match.

“We lost Pablo today as he wasn’t feeling great and Ben had it as well in the last day or two. He wasn’t feeling great, so we decided to take him off.”

Arteta also gave an update on Martin Odegaard, who was also not included in the squad meaning Emile Smith Rowe played instead, and Kieran Tierney who continues to recover from a bruised ankle picked up in training.

“They were both out with two different injuries,” Arteta said.

“They tried yesterday but they didn’t feel great, they wanted to be involved but they didn’t feel good enough to be selected today and hopefully in the next few days they can feel better and be available for Leicester.”

There has been no update specifying what Odegaard’s injury actually is.

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