Video: Arteta gets quizzed on avoiding ‘burn out’ of his younger players

Mikel Arteta was quizzed on how he is trying to avoid burning out his younger players, with Arsenal relying heavily on Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe of late.

The Gunners have enjoyed a huge upturn in fortunes in the last month, whilst relying heavily on an attack which consists of both Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, and the former’s fitness is under the spotlight at present.

ESR limped off on Tuesday, having been left out of the FA Cup clash at the weekend with injury, and the manager appears to have taken a risk by playing him.

Arteta insists that he is monitoring them closely, but doesn’t actually explain any long-term plans of dealing with such.


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  1. Youngsters and key players playing every game

    Fans: They need rest or they will get burned out.

    Manager: rests the key players and the youngsters, we lose the game.

    Fans: Should have played a full strength starting lineup. Arteta Out.

  2. Lol Dunch so true. For me burn out is over-rated. If youre good enough you can play a lot of games – see Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs etc. A bigger danger is injury, which is a slighly different thing, but that’s not age-specific, although it IS Arsenal-specific! Burnout for me means loss of form and pep which can happen at any age. But strangely not so often when your team is winning… younger players instead naturally suffer inconsistancy more which is for me unrelated to how often they play. In S America they can play 70 games a season in a very physical leagueat 17 and it doesnt seem to harm development!

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