Mikel Arteta will allow Arsenal’s promising youngsters to play in the Europa League group games next season, according to a report.
If Arsenal had qualified for the Champions League, you’d imagine most of their most promising young talent would go out on loan.
For someone like Omari Hutchinson, you know you’re unlikely to play ahead of Bukayo Saka in either the Premier League or the Champions League. Every game simply means too much to take risks on youth.
But given that Arsenal ended up qualifying for the Europa League, it may be a different story now.
The S*n report that Mikel Arteta is ready to allow promising youngsters like Charlie Patino, Miguel Azeez, and Hutchinson to play in the Europa League group stage.
Add in the League Cup games and an occasional Premier League opportunity, and there are quite a few games to go around before the January transfer window opens.
So it’s not impossible that Arsenal might hang onto one or two of their top youngsters this summer, before loaning them out in January.
On the other hand, it’s worth noting that Azeez has previously stated he wants to spend the entirety of next season in the senior game.
“I want to play the whole season in senior football. Wherever that is, that’s the main goal,” Azeed told The Athletic.
Whether the midfielder would settle for 5-10 games for the Arsenal first-team followed by a loan remains to be seen.
As for Hutchinson, there seems to be interest in him from Reading if he does want to go on loan. You suspect the youth trio might wait and see what happens in pre-season before making a decision.