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Every word Arteta said on White’s injury, Balogun and Nketiah transfers and Arsenal win v Leeds

Have you ever made a substitute that’s paid off faster than that one?

I don’t think so. I’m so happy in particular for Calum. He totally deserved it. It was a great moment because it helped us to win the game. He’s someone who deserves the best for who he is as a person and how he behaves as a professional.

Ben White limped off. Will he be out for Saturday?

No. There is a bug going on. We lost Pablo [Mari] as well today who wasn’t feeling great and Ben had it as well for the last day or two. He wasn’t feeling great so we decided to take him off.

Considering that you have a chance to win the competition was it a gamble to make so many changes?

I can’t keep demanding players to do what they do every single day without believing they have a chance to get in the team. I can ask them to raise the level to go better and control them on the minutes. I was calm because I knew they could do it even though it was against a tough opponent.

Does tonight show you what Eddie Nketiah can still offer?

I have no doubt about what he can offer. Whatever you throw at him he wants more, he demands more from himself. Another one I’m delighted to see the performance from that he had to score the goal and help the team because he totally deserved it. He’s got a lot of players as well that they play in that position and he’s got a personal situation, but I try to leave that aside and try to give him what he deserves.

Do you think Kieran is going to be all right for Leicester and is Martin [Odegaard] not involved because he’s carrying an injury as well?

They were both out with two different injuries. They tried yesterday but they didn’t feel great. They wanted to be involved but they weren’t good enough on the day. Hopefully they can be better and be available against Leicester

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has struggled for minutes. How impressed were you with him in the middle of the park?

Well we have used him a lot. In different moments he has played minutes. He can cover positions and that’s the big bonus that Ainsley has. Again he kept trying and trying to improve and today I think he had a really good performance.

Eddie had a move break down in the summer. Do you see him moving on next time having played so little this season?

Yes, but we had a situation in the summer that we tried to resolve and we couldn’t either way. That’s the contract situation. It’s more and more common in football with where we are coming from with COVID and a lot of the issues that we have to resolve. I have full belief that he’s going to be a top, top player and hopefully at Arsenal.