After their £83m summer spending spree, Arsenal are turning their attentions closer to home with the news that the club are ready to enter talks with both captain Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud over extending their contracts.
The Gunners made inroads into the transfer market with moves for Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy, while they also added goalkeeper David Ospina who is currently sidelined through injury.
With calls for a striker to be added before the transfer deadline growing by the minute, Arsenal finally bowed to pressure and secured a late deal for England striker Danny Welbeck, with the 23-year-old leaving Manchester United for £16m.
Giroud is currently ruled out of action for the rest of the year after suffering a broken tibia in the recent 2-2 draw with Everton, and he will be fearing for his place in the first-team following the arrival of Welbeck.
Leicester 1 Arsenal 1 player ratings
Leicester 1 Arsenal 1 player ratings
1/22 Kasper Schmeichel
Could have done better with the goal, but showed why he's an integral part of this Leicester team. 6
2/22 Ritchie De Laet
Impressed in attacking down the right early on, but had to show his defensive qualities as the game grew old. 7
3/22 Paul Konchesky
The experienced left-back was steady at the back. 6
4/22 Liam Moore
Mopped up well besides Morgan, and fared well in denying Arsenal's attacking talent. 7
5/22 Wes Morgan
Immense at the back for the Foxes, he put his body on the line and marshalled his defence brilliantly. 9
6/22 Jeff Schlupp
A pacey asset down Leicester's left flank, his delivery for Ulloa's equaliser was superb. 7
7/22 Andy King
Competed well in midfield against his compatriot Ramsey. 7
8/22 Dean Hammond
Protected his defence admirably. 6
9/22 Riyad Mahrez
The Algerian excited once again, but he still has selfish tendencies. 7
10/22 David Nugent
The wily goal-poacher showed another side to his game with some lovely link-up play. 7
11/22 Leonardo Ulloa
Took his goal brilliantly, and showed the attributes required to succeed at this level. 8
12/22 Wojciech Szczesny
No chance with the goal, but he was alert to many of Leicester's dangerous crosses. 7
13/22 Mathieu Debuchy
For once, the Frenchman was more use from a defensive perspective, making a number of important blocks. 7
14/22 Nacho Monreal:
Often given the runaround by Mahrez, he battled well to finish the match strongly. 6
15/22 Laurent Koscielny
Took an early knock on the head, and never recovered, leading to his early first half substitution. 5
16/22 Per Mertesacker
Solid in the air, but it was no surprise to see him struggle again the pace of the hosts' forward line. 6
17/22 Mathieu Flamini
Cut a frustrated figure in the second half as Leicester threatened on the counter. 6
18/22 Aaron Ramsey
A passing metronome in midfield, all that was missing was the usual goal threat. 8
19/22 Santi Cazorla
Combined clever passing and movement, but fluffed a couple of opportunities in front of goal. 7
20/22 Alexis Sanchez
Scored his first Premier League goal, but is still coming to terms with the pace of the English game. 7
21/22 Mesut Ozil
At times excellent, he still struggles to impose himself into this system. 6
22/22 Yaya Sanogo
Some nice movement off the ball at times, but his finishing lacked composure. 5
However, talk of a new contract will help to lift his spirits, and with his current deal set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 season, it appears Arsene Wenger is keen to tie down his long-term future with reports suggesting an extension until 2018 could be in the offing.
Arteta was only appointed captain in the summer following Thomas Vermaelen’s departure to Barcelona, although the Spanish midfielder had worn the armband for the bulk of last season after Vermaelen struggled to get into the first team.
His current contract expires at the end of the season, but the Gunners are hopeful that he will agree a one-year extension to keep him at the club until the end of next season. It appeared at one point during the summer that Arteta’s place in the squad was in jeopardy with the North London club linked heavily with a move for Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, and Italian side Fiorentina were interested in the Spaniard should he become available.
But Arteta spoke out to commit his future to the Gunners, and with a move for Khedira failing to materialise it appears the club will reward Arteta for his loyalty.
In terms of injury news, the absence of Giroud could be eased by the news that Theo Walcott is targeting a return to action against arch-rivals Tottenham at the end of this month. The irony is that Walcott ruptured his cruciate ligament against the same opposition back in January that forced him to miss the World Cup, a game in which he angered the Spurs fans after taunting them with the scoreline as he was carried off on a stretcher.
It’s fair to say that any return on the 27 September is unlikely to receive a warm reception from the Spurs faithful.
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