Mikel Arteta has a wealth of players aged 21 and under who could break into Arsenal’s first team this season, including William Saliba and new Marquinhos with Arsenal.
Arsenal players aged 21 or younger set to make progress in 2022/23
The Spaniard put so much faith in emerging talents last season that the Emirates Stadium side narrowly missed out on qualification for the Champions League. Arsenal named the 20 youngest average players in the starting lineup during the 2021/22 Premier League season.
In fact, Arsenal has appeared in the top 30 list 25 times, with teams Arteta has participated in ranging between 23.8 and 25 years old. The XI The Gunners scored a goalless draw with Burnley in January, who scored at the age of 23.8, and was also the tenth youngest player in Premier League history.
At the time of Burnley’s visit to North London, those who started Arteta included Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard at 23, Albert Sambi Lukonga at 22, Emile Smith Rowe at 21 as well as Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka at 20. Alexandre Lacazette was the oldest of them at the age of thirty. .
The young players will eventually help lead Arsenal to fifth place under Arteta and qualify for the Europa League. Additional fixtures will see the Spaniard now give an additional influx of emerging talent a chance to break through to the higher ranks of the Gunners.
William Saliba tops five Arsenal players aged 21 or younger who can break through
William Saliba tops the list of Arsenal players aged 21 or younger in the 2022/23 season who can now advance under Mikel Arteta. The middle half has been on Arsenal’s books for the past three years, but he is yet to make his debut with the North London club.
Unai Emery signed Saliba from Saint-Etienne at the age of 18 in 2019 for £27m in a five-year deal. But the Frenchman spent the following season in the then-League on loan, returning to the Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2020 to find Arteta standing at the helm of the team.
Saliba will continue to enjoy more loan spells with OGC Nice in the first half of 2021, then join Marseille for the 2021/22 campaign. He would have proven his potential at OM, and the 21-year-old also made his first out of five appearances for France so far during the month of March.
His return to North London this summer should mark the real start of Saliba’s career at Arsenal. A breakout under Arteta is not only likely, but must be certain. While the defender has also blown up some of his Arsenal teammates, such as Albert Sambi Lukonga.
“I didn’t know it was so good,” the midfielder told The Counter Attack podcast. When I saw him for the first time, I said, ‘Wow, he’s really cool! “. Therefore, I was surprised that Arsenal allowed him to go on loan and he did not play.”
Marquinhos is one for the future but could hack after the summer signing
Mikel Arteta has signed Marquinhos as one for the future after Arsenal secured a £3m deal with Sao Paulo for the former academy player after his first-team feat last year.
The 19-year-old made 42 appearances for his hometown team before the Gunners came to claim his services. He also provided four goals and three assists, and played with Brazil at the U-16 and U-17 levels. Marquinhos can also play anywhere across the front line.
Arsenal will likely play Marquinhos’ introduction to fold the first team cautiously as they tackle the English game. But with the Europa League minutes shown, along with the Carabao Cup and FA Cup matches, it wouldn’t be surprising if the young player appeared here and there.
Brooke Norton-Cuffy to build on a successful loan spell for the city of Lincoln
Brock Norton Covey could have enjoyed that breakthrough in Arsenal’s first team this season following the successful loan spell of 18-year-old Lincoln City. He spent the latter half of last season at the LNER Stadium, and proved an immediate success in the first league with 17 games, 13 games.
The right-back also provided one goal and an assist as Imps finished the season in 17th place. While Norton Covey’s efforts have also caught the eye of Mikel Arteta, football.london reported in February that the Arsenal manager and Per Mertesacker were impressed.
Former Lincoln boss Michael Appleton also praised Norton Covey for delivering a “fantastic” performance under his coaching. Therefore, Arsenal’s first-team breakthrough could be on its way to producer Hale End, who has yet to appear in any competitive first-team squad.
Tim Aquinola to explain why Thomas Partey praised him after training
Tim Aquinola hopes to show during the 2022/23 season why Thomas Partey once praised him after a first-team training session. The 21-year-old has been with the Gunners since 2020 after moving to North London from Huddersfield Town, but has joined a senior squad so far.
Arsenal sent their defensive midfielder to Scottish Premier League side Dundee United on loan for the latter half of last season. But the switch, unfortunately, would only bring back one walk, before he sustained a severe ankle injury during training that required him to undergo surgery.
Aquinola is now back in fitness and is hoping to make progress with his first team with Arsenal, if the late loan transfer does not materialize. He already has a fan on the team, with football in London once recalling that Barty described him as the strongest player he has ever played with.
Salah Awlad Muhannad is on Mikel Arteta’s radar without first appearing
Salah Awlad Muhannad is already on Mikel Arteta’s radar, but the Arsenal academy player has yet to appear under him. The 18-year-old made his senior lineup debut last October, and finished last season with a total of nine inclusions across all competitions.
He sat on the bench for three Carabao Cup encounters, including the semi-final first leg with Liverpool. Mohanad’s boys also followed Arsenal’s 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, along with five Premier League games – including four of their last five.
Arteta may now provide his first team breakthrough to Muhannad’s boys in one of the cups in which Arsenal will compete. These will be his first minutes with any club so far, having not played for Feyenoord before leaving the Dutch team. academy in 2020.
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