Mikel Arteta to support his youngsters ahead of Chelsea clash “The task is big”

The young Arsenal squad are probably at their lowest ebb right now after suffering three defeats in a row, which was made even worse by the fact that they totally dominated the game against Southampton but still came out on the losing side.

The Gunners are now hanging onto a place in the Top Six by a thin thread, and now face a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge to try and get their season back on track.

Luckily our biggest rivals Tottenham also dropped points this weekend, so if we could somehow take all three points off Chelsea we could be on equal points with the Spurs with six games left to play.

Mikel Arteta now has to try and bring back belief and confidence to his youngsters ahead of our visit to the European and World Club Champions. “We are in the same position as we were with one less game,” Arteta told the Standard. “We have to play on Wednesday and we have to lift them up.

“The task is big but the opportunity as well is so precious that we all want to do it. [I will] give all the support in the world to them because they need it. They are 19, 20, 21 years old most of them and that is what they need.

“We are who we are, but at the end you have to win the matches and, if you want to be there, that has to be defined in the boxes.”

Personally, having seen Chelsea destroy Southampton 6-0, and give Real Madrid a lesson in Spain, and then brush Palace aside in their last three games, it will be a miracle if Arsenal could get anything from this game even if they were at their very best.

But this is football, and we all know anything can happen in any game, so I’m not going to give up completely just yet!

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  1. It’s very lame to hear Arteta talking about how young his players are and using that as an excuse. Yet he didn’t think Guendouzi was young and needed to be taught and supported through rough periods. The same Arteta relegated Saliba to the Under 23s and later shipped away with the excuse that he was too young without thinking that the last thing Saliba needed was to be cast away especially after loosing both in parents. Talk about half measures

  2. When will people stop peddling the lie about Arsenal promoting youngsters.
    “We dont buy stars we make them”.
    Total promotional B/S.
    Leno 27 mill
    Ramsdale 30
    Chambers 16m
    Tomiyasu 22
    Torreira 27
    Saliba 27
    Guendouzie 12
    Tierney 30
    Gabriel 25m
    White 50m
    Partey 45m
    Xhaka 30m
    Lokonga 20 m
    Odegaard 30m
    Lacazette 50m
    Aubameyang 60m
    Pepe 72m
    Mustafi 30m
    Socritis 27m

    Mavropanos. For ever loan
    Runarsson For ever loan
    NIles For ever loan
    Nelson Forever loan
    Campbell. For ever loan
    Asano. For ever loan.
    Nketiah. Forever 15minute sub.
    Soares 30 years old.
    Willian 30 years old
    Luiz 30 years old
    Elneny 30 years old
    Kolasinac 25 years old

  3. Tired of hearing the “young players” chestnut, rinse and repeat. If that was a concern, then should have mixed in a veteran or two, could have done so in January.

    Arteta is struggling to get a response from his squad, had a great chance any of the last 3 games.

    This just shows why the club needed an experienced head in charge.

    I love rebuilding with youth and establishing a core group for the next several years.

    Timing was right, great choices of talent, only thing wrong was having a young inexperienced manager trying to lead them.

    Great scouting of players, great recruitment of players, but awful job of scouting the manager to lead them.

    Arteta looks to be a good manager one day, Arsenal just signed him 5 or so years too early.

  4. A player like pepe will cause problems for rudiger if used as a cf not nketiah,martinelli to james and of course saka to alonso then odegaard or esr as the creators and shooters.a high press at the middle of the park with counter attacking will do the trick.

  5. The simple fact is Arteta has overused the same players who are running on empty, he has run out of ideas, he can’t motivate them, it will be a blessing that we don’t make CL as we do not have the strength or depth in this current team. Too much has been done too soon.

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