Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the club’s young players ‘reinvigorated’ the squad after a return to form | Football News

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised the recent impact of the club’s young players, saying they had “re-energized” the team.

The Gunners begin their FA Cup defense on Saturday when Newcastle travel to the Emirates to a third-round draw with the hosts to secure a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions.

Ahead of a Boxing Day win over Chelsea, Arteta’s side had gone seven games without a win in the Premier League, but the introduction of Emile Smith Rowe, 20, and Gabriel Martinelli, 19, into the XI coincided with a return to form. .

In addition to teenager Bukayo Saka, who has become a regular in the past 12 months, Arteta has also turned to Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 23, and Joe Willock, 21, from the bench in recent matches, and admitted that they all brought new energy to the team.


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Arteta said: “You use the right word that is enthusiasm and needs to thrive sometimes in a team when she is a little worried and scared because of the results and the pressure.

“I think they’ve been really helpful because they’ve re-energized the team and pushed the team in a different direction and pace.

“Obviously young players need that strength and experience and maturity that experienced players bring, so it’s a good combination. ”

But Arteta has warned that his youngsters will need to be managed properly to improve their development.

“Bukayo does what he does because last year, at times, he was managed and he changed jobs,” he added.

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Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (second left) has scored three goals in all competitions this season

“People would say” why? He needs to stick to a position “but no, he needed to enrich his understanding of the game.” He’s still a left-back, he has to play left-back or left-back “but no , he can also play as an attacking midfielder.

“Then we see the cohesion he finds within the team and the position where he can be a winner, which he has the capacity to do.

“Where is this position?” Where do we miss a player like him? Then we try to fit it in and then we give it the clearances and consistency of position, but first we have to find it.

“With Emile it’s a bit easier with his position, but with playing time again we have to deal with that and the same with Gabi. ”


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Thomas Partey could return from a thigh injury while David Luiz and Willian will look to play against Newcastle from the start.

It could mean Smith Rowe is rested after starting three straight games for the first time in his Gunners career.

In 2017, the academy graduate was part of the England squad to win the Under-17 World Cup alongside Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, but numerous setbacks in the years that followed limited his time. game compared to the aforementioned duo.

“He has huge potential, he really wants it and he has the personality when he goes out on the pitch to express himself and play the way he can play,” said Arteta.

“Doing it consistently is a different thing. The boys you mentioned did. It is true that they are ahead of their development phase as they play a lot more games and minutes in the last two seasons.

“But he’s able to do it. If he’s going to do it? It depends on how he continues to develop, how he takes the chance he has in front of him and how much we can help him get there. ”

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