Mikel Arteta adds two players to Arsenal’s first-team squad ahead of Norwich
Arsenal vs Norwich
To say that Arsenal’s 2021/22 Premier League campaign has got off to a nightmare start would be putting it lightly.
The Gunners, barring a League Cup win over a very weak West Brom side, are yet to pick up a victory this term.
After a fairly active summer window, Arsenal fans were no doubt hopeful Mikel Arteta could get their league season off to a solid start as they look to improve on two previous 8th-place finishes.
However, so far, the Spaniard has done anything but. Arsenal would begin their season by losing 2-0 to newly-promoted Brentford on the opening day of the campaign.
They were then completely dominated by both Chelsea and Manchester City, losing 2-0 and 5-0 to put them dead bottom of the PL table heading into the current international break.
After such a dismal start, it is imperative that Arsenal get something out of their upcoming league clash this weekend.
The north Londoners will face off with Norwich City at the Emirates, who are one of only three teams yet to earn a point this term – Arsenal and Wolves of course being the other two.
The match takes place at 3 PM UK time on Saturday, September 11th.
Arsenal add duo to training
Now, ahead of Saturday’s clash, Mikel Arteta has added two academy stars to the first-team squad.
As per the Mirror, the Spaniard has welcomed James Olayinka and Tim Akinola into the first-team squad ahead of their crucial must-win clash against Norwich.
Both players are 20 years of age and have yet to make their senior Arsenal debut.
The pair are also both central midfielders by trade, which may explain their inclusion.
Granit Xhaka will be out vs Norwich after being sent off vs Manchester City last time out, whilst Thomas Partey has only recently been spotted back in training after picking up an injury vs Chelsea in pre-season.
And if Partey is not fit enough for the Norwich game, this would leave just Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga as natural central midfielders for Arsenal, making the inclusion of Olayinka and Akinola in the first-team squad a wise decision from Arteta.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta adds two players to first-team squad ahead of Norwich clashhttps://t.co/iBhZCNlD6d pic.twitter.com/yO3tCelYa9
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) September 8, 2021
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