It’s safe to say that things haven’t quite gone to plan so far this season for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, and while it hasn’t exactly been a disaster, it definitely hasn’t been perfect, either.
Still, while the critics have been out in force to point out the Spaniard’s mistakes, there is also a general acceptance of the fact that he is a new manager who is still attempting to learn the ropes. As such, there are also going to be some progressive decisions make that counter some of the errors.
One intriguing move he’s made in the build-up to Arsenal’s game against Molde is to bring Folarin Balogun, Ben Cottrell and Miguel Azeez along for the trip. All three are pretty unknown figures within the mainstream media aside from maybe Balogun who has been in talks over a new deal with the club in recent weeks. Still, we think this signifies a big step in the right direction from Arteta in regards to a youth movement at the Emirates.
Some will argue that he’s simply putting forward a few options to ensure squad rotation, but even if that’s the case, the experience these players will get from that is absolutely invaluable. They need to learn what it’s like to be thrown in at the deep end, and even if they sink, they’ll know what they need to do to rectify any issues they have and improve.
Will any of these players go on to be first team regulars for the Gunners?