Video – Arteta tells Smith-Rowe and Balogun to be patient…

It was great to see Emile Smith-Rowe and Folarin Balogun combine for Arsenal’s third goal against Molde last night, but they are still a long, long way from becoming Arsenal first-team regulars with the vast experience already in Arteta’s first team.

Youngster’s like Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah have had to fight their way into Arteta’s first team plans, and the boss thinks that these two young stars also need to be patient and prove themselves regularly first.

This is what Arteta said…


  1. Having qualified for the next stage of the Europa Cup an opportunity exists to play ESR and Balogun in the matches against Rapid Vienna and Dundalk .Unless they are given a chance to play in the first team, how can they “prove themselves”?

  2. Have to take their chance when it arises, just like they did last night!! With these youngsters how bright is our future?! Excited 😊

    Mari is back and playing for the U23s, alongside Chambers and Saliba… Currently 1-0 up 👍

          1. Thanks for the U23 heads up. Note from the game. To me, Saliba looked like a man amongst boys. I expect him to be in the first team squad very soon.

  3. yes, they should be patient and wait for a certain German team come calling.

    Teenage talents are rising in Continental Europe, for some talented ones with ambition and courage, they should take the chances there.

    Same for Martinelli – if Arteta continues to limit his game time like before his injury.

    People chemistry is an unique thing, if you cannot get along with your boss, it may be a win-win situation to leave.

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