Monday, April 22, 2024

Biereth continues to make an impact on loan at Sturm Graz

Mika Biereth’s progress has perhaps been the standout story this season with regards to Arsenal’s loanees and the striker took another step in the right direction last night.

After a hugely encouraging first half of the season at Motherwell that encompassed him scoring six goals and providing five assists in 15 matches, Biereth was recalled by Arsenal and subsequently joined Sturm Graz on loan.

Biereth has settled in very quickly to his new surroundings and found the net on his debut against Austria Vienna in the Austrian Cup before also getting on the scoresheet against Slovan Bratislava in the Europa Conference League last night.

It was the first time that Biereth had featured in a European club fixture but he played as he always does – with much confidence and a determination to find the net.

Biereth scored with a clever finish after just four minutes but it is evident upon watching him that he is about much more than just goals.

The Danish youth international’s all-round game is of a very high standard and he is capable of linking play to excellent effect.

Biereth will be looking to help Sturm Graz progress as far as possible in Europe and will also be going for glory in other competitions.

It remains to be seen just what will happen when he returns to Arsenal in the summer as the club will certainly have a big decision to make.

If Biereth isn’t given an opportunity to impress in the Arsenal first-team then he seems like a player who could be sold for a significant fee.

Should he depart, there would be an element of risk attached as the 21-year-old seems well equipped to be a success elsewhere. At present he is focused on being a success for Sturm Graz.

Jeorge Bird is the author of www.arsenalyouth.wordpress.com Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird

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PGunner

Jorge seems pretty convinced on this lad. He’s got the stature to offer something different to Jesus up top, so maybe we keep him, slowly up his minutes to see how he contributes and buy another class winger (Neto) and a solid CM (Zubimendi). I’m not massively convinced by Toney or Osimhen, who are maybe a but too old/weird and a bit too expensive respectively.

PGunner

Sorry, Jeorge!

Dada

Not a fan of Toney. Just gives me bad vibes. Terrible attitude. Zero self awareness. We are a team made of ego free players.

Flash

Boniface?

Humble, good at link-up play, strong but very mobile and…
a childhood Arsenal fan.

Dada

He Wouldnt be bad at all

Flash

I don’t think we are in need of a winger. Jesus is a proper top player on either side. In fact, he was even better on the right when he played for City, so I think he would be more than ideal to relieve the burden on Saka.

In this case: we would be able to get a top striker (who delivers goals continously) plus it would open the door for a fair fight for the no. 2 striker role between Nketiah (if he stays), Jesus himself (if he wants to proves us wrong), and a rising star like Biereth.

Goonshow

I was with you all the way until you mentioned possibly keeping Eddie.

Daveo

Mika this news what you will, but I think this kid is a biereth of fresh air in our development squad

Ebo

That said if he doesn’t do well this season then just as easily as god Biereth, god will taketh away

Goonshow

The sky’s the limit for this kid – remember that the good book says that the Mika shall inherit the Earth!

Vonnie

He’s good, a far more rounded player than Eddie, I hope he wins something at Sturm Graz and gets a chance with Arsenal.

Ebo

He could be a far more rounded player just because he doesn’t have that one thing he’s really good at. Maybe if you take away Eddie’s poaching he’s just as rounded a player, ok at everything but great at nothing. He’s shown at times this season he can give a nifty Cesc-ish through ball, press, dribble, lead a counter attack, score from long range… he just can’t do those things very often. Biereth has a long way to show he can do even that.

Goonshow

I’ll tell what Eddie has shown this season:

  • a complete lack of abiity/desire to get stuck in and tackle
  • poor technique when he does decide to attempt a tackle, giving away free-kicks 4 times in 5
  • an inability/laziness to contribute to our press
  • wastefulness in front of goal
  • very poor first touch (invariably gets bounced off the ball)
  • zero hold-up play
  • an ability to score only against the weakest sides – a flat-track bully, essentially.
John C

It’s really important that players go out out and get the relevant game time and experience. Most players require anything between 50-100 first team matches before you have any idea at what level they can play at. You only have to look at our own transfer dealings for the last 20 years to see the difference between signing and playing 19-20 year olds (Walcott, Djourou, Denilson, Senderos etc) and 22-23 year olds (White, Gabriel, Tomi, Odegaard) has on results and consistency. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule, Fabregas and Saka come to mind, but most players need to graduate… Read more »

Boff

If you’re good enough – you’re old enough

Naked Cygan

RE: Saka, Martinelli, ESR and Nketia we have to give Emery some credit with showing faith and giving them the game time they required.

Vonnie

To be fair he didn’t have much else to work with…………

Heavenly Chapecoense

Why did you jump 21 (Henry & RVP)?

Cedric Fabergas

Senderos directly skipped his teenage years, he always looked 30+

GhostOfStepanovs

He always looks like he has time. His touch and hold up play seems really assured too.

Eric Blair

He’s got ‘it’, for sure, that something that all footballers seem to have who go on to have decent careers at a high level. Just not sure it’s high enough for us.

Santi’s Phonebox

Glad to see he’s doing well on his second loan, positive for him and the club. I would imagine the club will market Eddie and Reiss this summer which could leave 2 spots open in attack and maybe three if we get another 6 or 8. We have Leo as a wide left, false 9 and Kai as a L8 and false 9. Will Arteta want an all rounder like Leo, Kai, Jesus, Saka, a pacey winger like Martinelli or a central striker?

RockyRog58

Having seen the lad play he’s the ideal Plan B player but good enough to become a starter With that talent around him I’d say we need to start thinking of a Bierith song ? Plus he’s got a bit of steel to him & I like that !

Man Manny

He should definitely be given a chance at Arsenal next season. Pre-season and Carabao Cup can give the crew an idea of what he could bring to the team. Like Saka, he could save us lots of quid we could invest elsewhere.

Adam Goon

If we had him in early enough and he counts as homegrown, sell Eddie and integrate him into squad to keep quota numbers.

Goonshow

I’ve said it before – we need to keep this kid. Strong, skillful and with an unerring instinct for putting it in the net.
Great hold-up play, good in the air… has performed everywhere we’ve sent him…
what’s not to like?!

Tricky

The kid is now 21. His family are Arsenal supporters. He was born and raised in London. We should not stuff this up…

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