Carragher urges Mikel Arteta to rebuild Arsenal around these players

Jamie Carragher has urged Mikel Arteta to build his Arsenal team around the impressive youngsters at the club.

The Gunners have had a poor season and the current team is being led by the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney.

These players represent the most reliable at the club, yet they are also some of the youngest in the team.

Arsenal’s bid to blend youth and experience have seen them offer new deals to the likes of David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But it is the teenage stars who Arteta can truly trust and Carragher thinks the Spaniard should build his team around them.

The former Liverpool defender says Arteta’s challenge on the job has always been bringing back the mindset that helped the club to thrive with players like Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.

He says to achieve that, he needs to trust the likes of Saka, Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli.

He also urged the Spaniard to only keep more experienced players that he can trust.

“From day one, Arteta’s challenge at Arsenal has been to restore the mindset which once typified the club, getting it back to what it was when Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira ran the dressing room,” Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.

“He can try to do that over the course of time by moulding the youngsters Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe to develop good habits.

“I would be surprised if highly-rated teenage defender William Saliba, who was signed amid much fanfare from Saint-Étienne, does not get his chance at the start of next season

“But to do it quicker Arteta also needs reliable senior professionals. It is too much of a burden for youngsters to carry a club of Arsenal’s stature through a season.”

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  1. Mogunna says:

    Caragher is a true Red who can not wish us best but be what Reds where few years back, out of C.

    So they stznd a better xhznxe to achieve that goal.

    Anyone in his right mind will not focus on players but on Arteta and Dumbo’ard. to exit urgently.

    Thatt’s our main issue and priority!

    We have best suqd in over a decade at worst spot ever ‘

    And a golden Boot CF burried at LW not scoring…

  2. Lugdush says:

    Its probable that we would have a worst squad next season since we would not have the funds to keep odegaard or we would need to sell players only to keep him. So, if we are not a big team anymore, because of the owner ambitions and because the table dont lie, we should go for a coach who can inspire, someone who thr players ca buy in his philosophy, someone who can trust and bring the better of our young lads. We should get back saliba and guendouzi and tell them to send on loan arteta, and we should go for bielsa.

    Trying arteta was too rushed. An ambitioned club would get an experenced manager like ancelotti or bielsa and bring arteta as a second, thinking for the future

    1. John Ibrahim says:


      both Ancelotti has won the title and qualify for champions league with Everton…

  3. Jah son says:

    Villa squad is not better than Arsenal kmt. Look at Martinez 😢😢😢 they will never say Arteta is ROBBING our beloved Arsenal.

    1. Sue says:

      Everyone scores against the scousers…except us 🥺 And look at their going being chalked off by var – wouldn’t have happened last season 😉

    2. instrooments says:

      I feel ur pain Jah son… Martinez was an integral part of the FA cup winning squad… Solid gk, we became hard to beat just like villa right now… Our Defenders were confident passing out from the back.. Look at us now..

      We obviously don’t have the resources to compete anymore, we might as well use the remaining games to try out all our young players, just like Lampard did last season and see how it goes…

      I feel we might unearth more useful players to lessen the burden of recruitment next season, then use all the budget for a marquee signing..

      Look at what solksjaer is doing with James, greenwood, mctominay, Radford, Shaw, bissaka, Fred.. He took the risk sold lukaku,sanchez,young,valencia,depay,darmian benched underperformers like matic ,mata just to buy a Bruno Fernandes.. Look at the results..

      The time is now for change.. Get mavropanos, saliba,guendouzi, Willock, Nelson, Saka,rowe,balogun,martinelli,lopez,azeez etc into the first team, create an amazing brand of football and stick to it…
      Gone are the days of experience players carrying clubs, the best players around currently are young lads as soccer is filled with tech right now..

      I hope Arteta gets it right soon.. If not its bielsa for me

      1. Gede says:

        Thank you. Well said

  4. Armoury says:

    He should build the tram around Saka, Smith-Rowe, Tierney, Seliba, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Balogun, Gouendouzi, Azziz, and Willock. He’s got young talent at his disposal, but he doesn’t appreciate that. No manager will rebuild the team around old players. Just few old players to guide these youngsters.

  5. Reggie says:

    Why should we think Arteta is capable of producing our young players, he has ignored most of them this year and apart from Saka ESR was put in the team by him as a last resort. He obviously prefers geriatrics to youth, he had a massive chance to change the attitude of the club this year and blood the young players and refused. He isnt the one to take this club in a different direction, our young players dont need the confusion of fidling about each game, they need structure and trust. No thanks, potential disaster ahead. Rafa for me.

    1. vieralyn says:

      agree with everything minus the call for Rafa…except for his Newcastle gig, he hasn’t been at any club for more than a 2 year span since he left Pool in 2010, in fact several didn’t even last that long

      he might of made some sense right after Wenger to bring the hammer down and send the deadwood packing, but he hasn’t been anything more than a short-term gun for hire for over a decade…we need someone who’s looking long-term, who wants to plant deep roots and bring a philosophy that’s more reflective of our present realities

      Hag, Nagelsmann and Gasperini have achieved things on considerably lower budgets…all have managed teams with a healthy mix of youthful and veteran players, while still maintaining an exciting brand of football…furthermore, they have been heavily involved in both the identifying and subsequent development of recruited talent

      1. Reggie says:

        Mine is a judgement call on where we are as a team/club. Rafa has won it all, voted European coach of the year and managed to turn round a baying fan base at a struggling Chelsea and in 6 months improved them no end, won the Europa league and got them an improbable CL spot, when called on as interim manager. Fans at that club that hated his appointment, dont call him one bit for what he did, he got them out of a big hole and with great dignity. I just want a manager that can put us back on a level footing.

  6. Akan says:

    It is a statistical fact that every season since the arrival of Xhaka Arsenals defense has declined and as a result so too our league position. Top top it all he was singularly responsible for the action that caused the team to drop out of the champions league, a position we have no chance of achieving again until he is gone.

    1. guy says:

      Holding and Mustafi joined at the same time as Xhaka, Akan and they ARE defenders. Perhaps you could be less blinkered and spread the blame for Arsenal’s defending a little more fairly?

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