Since joining our club from Everton in 2011, Mikel Arteta has established himself as an important part of our team and at times the true midfield leader that we need. In his first year at our club, he played behind the striker with an attacking minded role but after the departure of Alex Song the season after that, who joined Barcelona, he was asked to drop deeper in the midfield and to play as the defensive midfielder in pivotal role with another midfielder who mostly played the box-to-box role unlike the defensive one that Arteta plays in.
Arsenal Youth Review
Goonersphere's Arsenal Youth Review aims to keep you up to date with the happenings at Arsenal from the U16s to the U21s. Here we will feature match previews, reviews, opinions and player profiles.
Arsenal’s Academy is fit to burst with great youngsters with the potential to orchestrate any midfield in the world with the right players around them. Arsenal have an amazing choice to make in their Academy with Jebb and Crowley both impressing this season but the biggest hype this year has been around Gedion Zelalem.
This club has a lot of bright prospects, and the Academy is full with talented youngsters with huge potential. We’ve seen many youth players leave the club because they weren’t good enough to make it in to the first team but that shouldn't be the case with some players from this new generation. There are players who flatter to deceive and are great in the youth ranks but then struggle to perform for the first team. That shouldn’t be a problem with Arsenal’s young right back, Tafari Moore. Tafari Moore is only 16 years old and is one of the most highly rated prospects in our Academy.
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