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Arsenal boss Arteta ‘worried’ by passing blunders

Gunners stars told to cut out mistakes

05 August, 2021 — By Steve Barnett

MIKEL Arteta has admitted there’s still plenty of work to do on the training pitch before the new Premier League season kicks off next week.

The Gunners boss said he was “worried” that his players are still struggling to grasp his demands to play out from the back.

Arteta watched on in horror on Sunday when Tammy Abraham pounced on Hector Bellerin’s loose pass to score the winner as Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

It was a stark reminder of the kind of mistakes that the Gunners will have to eradicate from their game before taking on Brentford next Friday.

“It worries me because when you give the ball away when you’re in the position we were in, in one or two passes they can attack your goal,” said Arteta. “It’s a really difficult situation to resolve. From those situations, as well, we created many chances.

“We need to know when to take the risk. You know that against these teams, they punish you in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, England Under-18s coach Kevin Betsy has taken charge of Arsenal’s Under-23s. The 43-year-old succeeds Gunners legend Steve Bould, who was controversially sacked in May.

Betsy is a Uefa Pro Licence coach who has developed a stellar reputation during his five years with the FA.

Now tasked with building “strong, young Gunners”, Betsy said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be joining Arsenal as Under-23s head coach.

“Arsenal is, of course, an iconic club in world football with such a rich history.

“This is also a club with a very strong current record of developing young football players for the highest level, but also placing an emphasis on producing well-rounded young people.

“We aim to continue the strong work of providing the pipeline of talent to support the first-team, whilst at the same time instilling the values and traditions of this football club, so that young players are ready for life as well as football.”

One player that Betsy will enjoy working closely with is Kido Taylor-Hart, who signed his first professional contract this week. The 18-year-old winger enjoyed a breakthrough season last term, notching up six goals and four assists in just 11 appearances for Arsenal’s Under-18s.

He also made his debut for the Under-23s in October, and went on to score four goals in 13 games.

“I’ve been at the club for a long time, so I’m proud. It’s a proud moment for me,” Kido told the club’s official website after agreeing his deal.


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