Mikel Arteta promotes 18-year-old to first-team training

As Arsenal continues to struggle for creativity, Mikel Arteta has turned to teenage midfield star, Catalin Cirjan as he promotes the 18-year-old to their first-team training, according to the Metro.

He only joined Arsenal from Romanian side Viitorul Domnesti one year ago and only just signed his professional contract with them as well.

The report says that he has been promoted permanently to the Arsenal first-team training in what can be described as a fast start to his Arsenal life.

He was playing for the Under18s a year ago, but his impressive performances for them saw him get promoted to the club’s under23 side.

He has now made the step up to the club’s senior team and he will be hoping to get his first-team debut soon.

Mikel Arteta has shown that he isn’t afraid to trust the players being groomed at the club’s academy as long as they show that they are capable of handling the pressure that comes with playing with the big boys.

‘From today, he will train daily only for seniors, he is confidently waiting for his debut in the Premier League,’ said the midfielder’s representative Catalin Sarmasan to the Metro.

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  1. Why not if he shows the hunger like other players. ESR, Martinelli, Balogun these players are showing drive, I hope they get more chances.

    Not sure how Edie is keeping out Balogun, and Martinelli should get more time when he’s 100%.

    These players will be the ones to turn it around, as crazy as it sounds. Xhaka, Willian, Pepe aren’t finding ways to make things happen on the pitch.

    Shocking how Saliba can’t get a chance.

    1. That’s because Arteta is the coach, he chooses players he likes not according to their ability and that has been the biggest problem for this team right now.

  2. But he will ignore him and play Ceballos, Xhaka, Elneny and lose more games. None of the midfielders I just named are the future of this club yet he persists with them.

  3. Arsenal will keep on losing as long as Arteta still fields Mustafi instead of playing Saliba. I just wonder why doesn’t Arteta play Saliba?.

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