Mikel Arteta reflects on Arsenal's defeat at Liverpool
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is planning to integrate youngster Mika Biereth into the first-team this season ahead of a loan move next term, according to reports. Biereth joined Arsenal from Fulham in the summer after turning down a contract with the Cottagers. The teenager has impressed so far in his appearances for the Gunners in Premier League 2.
Biereth, 18, has scored five goals and registered three assists in his 12 appearances so far in the competition.
The striker has had to compete with Folarin Balogun for a spot in Kevin Betsy’s under-23 side.
And his performances have clearly caught the eye of Gunners boss Arteta.
Football.london claims Biereth will be gradually brought into Arsenal first-team training this season.
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He will have the opportunity to learn from experienced frontmen such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal look set to let both Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah leave the club, with the duo’s contracts set to expire at the end of the season.
The likes of Biereth and Balogun are looked at as future strikers for Arsenal.
But it appears Biereth is set to spend next season out on loan.
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Arsenal players have had mixed success when out on loan in recent years.
Most notably Emile Smith Rowe had a fine spell on loan at Huddersfield before returning and becoming an integral part of the Arsenal side.
Arsenal appointed former Fulham and Woking winger Betsy as their new under-23 boss earlier this year.
The 43-year-old promised to do all he could to develop the next crop of youngsters coming out of the club’s academy.
“It’s an honour and 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,” Betsy said.
“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.
“I’ve had a tremendous five years working with the Football Association in vital roles across the England youth teams.
“During this time I’ve worked with many hugely talented young players and some amazing colleagues in a wide range of departments.
“My work starts here and together with the talented people at this club, 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.”
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