Mikel Arteta frequently selected young starting lineups, and amazingly, the team that faced Burnley in January had an average age of under 24, making it the youngest starting lineup seen in the English premier division in 2017. Arteta has relied on people like Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka, among others, to assume greater degrees of responsibility throughout his time in the Emirates dugout.
Mikel Arteta To Select 2 Of The Five Youngest Starting
The average age of Arsenal’s starting XI for the 2021–2022 season was significantly higher than that of the other 19 Premier League.
This was seen when the Gunners manager gave 23-year-old Odegaard the captain’s armband this season. The manager made the smart choice to assemble a leadership group to assist the young Norwegian playmaker.
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In August, candidates for the positions included Gabriel Jesus, who is fluent in Portuguese and is an experienced midfielder and former captain for Arsenal, and Granit Xhaka. Since assuming their new responsibilities, the pair has succeeded and has been one of the North London club’s stars performers thus far this season.
With a group full of kids just starting their careers, it will be up to Arsenal’s seasoned players to perform once the busy autumn schedule sinks in. Ethan Nwaneri is now the division’s youngest-ever player, and Mikel Arteta has selected two of the five youngest starting XIs ever seen in the Premier League this season. The Spaniard can also turn to two more seasoned players to help mentor his young players.
After last Sunday’s excellent 3-1 victory against Brentford, Xhaka spoke to the media and explained how he has been directing Under-16 practices at Arsenal’s London Colney facility to earn his UEFA B coaching license.
The Swiss, 29, is not working alone, as evidenced by footage that has surfaced, as Cedric, 31, and Mohamed Elneny, 30, are also putting in work alongside the talented young Gunners players. Contrary to Xhaka, neither Cedric nor Elneny are in Mike Arteta’s starting lineup, hence the majority of their starts this season are expected to come in cup events.
However, as they begin their coaching careers, that shouldn’t be used against them. Since one must continue to participate in a rigorous first-team training program while working on the badges, discipline is required.
Mike Arteta will be happy to have other knowledgeable people at his disposal who can help keep Arsenal level-headed after what has been a fantastic start to the season. Odegaard can already look to the established leadership group that has already been formed, so Mikel Arteta will be relieved that there are other knowledgeable people at his disposal.