Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is concerned about Gunners’ lack of leaders as the Spaniard insists he DO have key dressing room figures to mentor young stars
- Arsenal have been targeting young additions as part of their recruitment this summer
- Mikel Arteta says young players like Bukayo Saka really developed last season
- The Gunners have spent £130m on five new players, all aged 23 or under
- Arteta insisted that he have leaders in his dressing room to guide the youngsters
Mikel Arteta has brushed aside concerns that Arsenal lack the leaders to guide its young signings.
Arsenal have turned to the youth in a clear transfer policy with all five new signings – including Martin Odegaard and Ben White – from their £130 million spree aged 23 or under.
And Arteta insisted that the development of some of his other younger players – such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe last season – is proof that he has the right support network in his dressing room.
Mikel Arteta has rejected claims that his Arsenal side has a serious lack of leadership figures
Emile Smith Rowe (left) and Bukayo Saka (right) were impressive for the Gunners last season
“I think it’s best to ask the young players,” said Arteta, whose side is meaningless after two games, and will travel to champions Manchester City on Saturday.
“They live in that situation every day. And when you see the development they’ve gone through over the past year, it’s thanks to the players who are constantly helping and supporting them, encouraging them, telling them how good they are and how much they help the team – so probably that question is better for them.’