“I didn’t like playing for Arsenal” Gunners trainee talks about his time at the club

Leeds United defender, Luke Ayling, has criticised the training methods at Arsenal when he was coming through the ranks at the Emirates.

The Englishman is now a key member of the Leeds side that has just secured a return to the Premier League.

However, he started his career on the books of Arsenal after spending 10 years in the club’s youth system before being promoted to the first team.

He failed to make it as a regular first-team member and joined Yeovil Town permanently, where he made a name for himself over four years.

He then went to Bristol City before securing a move to Leeds United in 2016.

He has been under the management of Marcelo Bielsa, one of the most demanding managers in the world, yet he recently told the Whites TV station that he didn’t enjoy his time at Arsenal.

He said it was because the Gunners were all about playing from the back and they focused more on keeping possession in training sessions.

Ayling said on the club’s Twitter account: “I didn’t like playing for Arsenal. I didn’t like that it was all about playing out from the back, and training sessions were all geared around keep-ball.”

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  1. Glad to see Luke Ayling has “made it” as a professional footballer, after working his way through the divisions.
    Ayling didn’t give an example of training he likes for comparison. Unfortunately it is hard to score without the ball, so it is a good idea to retain possession. If you are going to score on the break, you still have to win the ball back.

  2. It sounds to me like he was incapable of maintaining possession, and is whining about being constantly made to try…

  3. Well different strokes for different folks, i guess same method made other hale end graduates in the squad

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