I don't get why Laca just stopped getting starts lol. Wasn't he in decent form. He is the best on the team at hold up play and does a good job linking with the attacking mid and the other forwards.
This is something arteta has picked up from pep, arteta obvs has his favourites but you dont drop a player who has just found good form.
Laporte, walker, mendy, foden, jesus all recently dropped despite good form. Could argue that some of the players who have replaced them have shown great form but foden was playing as good if not better than kdb. Walker and cancelo would be a close match but cancelo was outstanding at lb. Laporte came back played a few games and cruised it and then is dropped.
I dunno if its a mental or motivational thing.