“And at some stage, as a manager, I must say that sometimes, you feel lonely to stand up there and say that ‘no, I want this boy to play, because he deserves it’. But just to deserve it, I know as well that he will make mistakes. But you learn your job at around 23, 24, and then you have a player. Until 23, they will be up and down.” Wenger brought Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas into the first team fold as manager when they were young, raw talents, as well as others who filled in somewhat seamlessly.
If Arteta is to reap the benefits of having such a talented group of young players on the fringes of his first team then he has to evidence that there is a clear pathway into his side and that he will take the chance on them. He has constructed a core group of talented players who will progress and develop into a rock-solid team, and with that, he has gifted himself the opportunity to take risks.