Once again Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal have to find the right balance between youth and experience to ensure that his latest crop of young players comes through in the best possible way.

The Gunners beat Southampton 2-0 with goals from two academy players, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock, while Bukayo Saka also started the game.

The Arsenal boss sounds excited about what they can bring to the future of the club, but wary about putting too much pressure on them too soon.

“I have a lot of faith in the young talent we have at the football club, but we need the right stability and foundations around them to make sure they develop in the right way, at the right moment, with the right amount of talent behind them.

“But to do that, it’s a process and if you want to speed up that process, you risk burning them and burning all the process – and you cannot do that.

“We have some young players who are playing more football than they probably should be doing, but they’re showing great maturity and lot of personality to play in difficult moments which is great for their experience.

“But as well we need the other players to support them the right way, and that’s what we are trying to achieve.

“To find this balance to be very competitive but as well very excited about the future ahead of us.”

Reiss Nelson is in line for a start, so too goalscorer Willock, while young midfielder Matt Smith may again be included in the squad.

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azurelas

If Guendouzi doesn’t want to be at the Arsenal so be it.
 
Playing for the Club is a massive privilege and if he isn’t smart/mature enough to realise it then he can kindly fuck off.

azurelas

Sorry, wrong thread and I can’t find the delete button.

Man Manny

Leave it there; we’ll delete it in our minds.

Nacho de Montreal is tasty

Usually, clubs would give contract in the range of 50K per week to young players like Saka but the boys knows he is more useful to the team than the highest earner. Why wouldn’t he get at least third of the highest salary? Rashford, Foden, what did their clubs do?

Dave cee

The tea lady is more useful than the highest earner, unfortunately

Ben

So when he turns 25yrs old, he could as well demand the club should pay him 700k. Great thought.

Santori

You will be giving them the right foundation if you have sufficient older players to lead.   Again night and day with Granit in the team in midfield.   In case Arteta hasn’t discovered, Wenger brought him into the squad bc he had experimented with younger players and they were premature.   Right now we can to some extent risk the strikers in Martinelli and Nketiah (Should Auba likely leave) but in concert with a senior figure like Lacazette.   However in midfield it will be a different issue. Willock and GUendouzi are talented but we need older heads and… Read more »

Rocky07

There must be a real buz in training between all the youngsters in the first team. All thinking this is our time, ‘if we prove we can do it in training, we’ve got a chance to play on Sunday’.
I bet there is a positive vibe at u23 level and Hale End Academy players must be pushing themselves that little bit more every day knowing that Arteta is excited to promote young talent.

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