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Mikel Arteta faces selection dilemma ahead of Arsenal-Bayern UCL clash

Mikel Arteta has positive problems with a fit squad and some very talented youngsters in the mix as he prepares for the game against Bayern Munich.

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In the lead-up to their pivotal Champions League encounter against Bayern Munich, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta finds himself grappling with some tough decisions regarding his starting line-up.

With key players like Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey, and Oleksandr Zinchenko back in contention after recovering from injuries, Arteta now confronts what he calls ‘positive problems.’

The Gunners have enjoyed an unusual period of injury-free availability, a rarity especially at this stage of the season. With Bayern Munich looming as formidable opponents in their quest for a Champions League semi-final spot, Arteta emphasises the importance of every player contributing to the team’s success.

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However, the abundance of fit players presents a conundrum for Arteta, particularly on the left side of the pitch. The manager must decide between Jakub Kiwior and Takehiro Tomiyasu for the left-back position, weighing their capabilities against the threat posed by Bayern’s Leroy Sane.

A similar dilemma arises in the left-wing position, with Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leandro Trossard competing for a single starting spot, highlighting the depth of Arsenal’s squad.

Despite the wealth of available talent, Arsenal raised eyebrows by including youngsters in their final training sessions ahead of the crucial Bayern clash. Notably, 16-year-old Chido Obi-Martin, who has impressed with Jack Wilshere’s youth team this season, was spotted participating in training alongside senior players. Obi-Martin’s prolific goal-scoring record in youth football and his upcoming promotion to Mehmet Ali’s under-21s team underscore his potential.

The Hale End academy’s continued success in nurturing young talents like Obi-Martin and Ethan Nwaneri reflects positively on Arsenal’s future prospects. As the Gunners prepare to face Bayern Munich, the integration of promising youth players into the first team adds depth and resilience to the squad, providing fans with optimism.

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