Video: Arteta is quizzed on Saka & Smith Rowe – ‘We have to do it’

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists it hasn’t been easy to drop some ‘big players’ in favour of the young duo Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, but ‘we have to do it’.

The manager adds that the players are all training hard, but Willian and Pepe will need to do more to break back into the team, but Smith Rowe and Saka are in form and deserve their place.

I struggle to see why either of Smith Rowe or Saka would be dropped unless they needed a rest after seeing them flourish in recent weeks.


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  1. RSH says:

    He should’ve responded much sooner and we may have a couple more points this season. Think he had a hard time seeing that Willian was a bad buy. And apparently he’s a fan of Pepe, but if we’re being honest things are not working for him at Aresnal. He should bring in other youngsters this season as well. I hope to see more Azeez, and Balogun off the bench may convince him to stay. How young or old the players are doesnt matter right now. The players that perform get the starts.

  2. Reggie says:

    I wonder wether he sticks by the youngsters like he did the oldies. Certain players have got away with murder and helped too cost us our place in the top 6. They were allowed a dip in form without condemnation or accoutabilty for their place for too long. How many chances will the younger players get before they are replaced by those “experienced” players.

  3. ken1945 says:

    If we’re perfectly honest, Mikel stumbled into the current successful style, thanks to injuries and covid 19.
    However, like any of us, he has grabbed that slice of luck and improved on it.
    ESR has been the most important player in this, bringing the creativity that his earlier teams lacked.
    He has also brought in Thomas Partey, someone that could become as important to us as Patrick Vieira in my opinion.
    The only disappointments this season (Ozil apart for me) has been Willian, Pepe and AMN,all three for different reasons… just look at how other players are/have responded to him.

    The future looks bright, but I agree with RSH and Reggie, if only he had seen the this much earlier and sticks with the opportunity that has, so fortunately, opened up for him.

    1. GunneRay says:

      Right on, ken1945!

      It’s a blessing really but, ESM is taking his chance thank god! He puts Pepe to shame. Willian too! I believe it makes us realise that spending silly money isn’t always the right thing to do. Especially when we don’t have money! 🙁 We have a good batch of youth now. However, players like Partey are unquestionably needed to bring the experience and the steel the the squad. I still feel we need a proven quality creative midfielder though. Someone who can pick out precise passes to open up defenses!

  4. Phenom says:

    He’s been offered a new long term contract. 40k p/w

    Congrats ESR…i have always trusted you and said it here you are better than Aouar.
    I guess av been vindicated.

    1. Sue says:

      That is fantastic news, Phenom! 🙂

  5. Gunner4life says:

    Just happy MA has realized And there is further quality in the wings with Taylor-Hart, Azeez and Balogun. These are proper ballers. Look no further than the youth Arteta.
    Move on the older egos e.g. William and even Luiz. We have experience in Leno, Auba, Xhaka and Party. No need for Brazilian Chelsea pensioners!

  6. McLovin says:

    If we look back at our academy players from the past 3 years, these players have been sold by us:

    Gnabry 5m
    Bennacer 900k
    Reine-Adelaide 1.5m
    Malen 500k
    Mavididi 1.3m

    All of them were sold for huge profit later on.

    Then we have


    Our academy is producing massive talents and we need to capitalize on it. Find the right clubs to loan our youngsters (ie. McGuinness is one of the best CB’s in League One at the moment!). Sell for millions if they are not needed and insert all sorts of buy-back clauses or sell-on-fees.

    If we were to sold AMN or Nketiah, nothing less than £20m should be the starting price. We shouldn’t be mugs in the market anymore.

  7. Jim wall says:

    I think arsenal should buy no one in this transfer market and trust youth,
    We have some excellent youngsters but some of them need to be sold in the summer eg, Chambers, Amn, willock, Nelson, nekitha sell them and also
    Willian, Pepe, xakai…

    1. GunneRay says:

      Just think what the Pepe money could have done for us!? As for Willian.. WTF were the club thinking of>??

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