When Arsenal announced that Mika Biereth had joined the club and signed his first professional deal back in July, I doubt many Arsenal fans took a lot of notice. Admittedly, I didn’t. The 18 year old came from Fulham off the back of being the under 18 Premier League south’s 2020/21 top scorer and admitted that when Arsenal came calling, he couldn’t say no.
It feels great and I’m really excited to be here. Mika said. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t really turn it down. I think now with the recent track record of youth going into the first team, I thought it was a great project to try and be a part of.
Yesterday, he was part of the under 23 team which thrashed Chelsea 6-1 at their own ground. Flo Balogun scored two, Mika Biereth though, nabbed three. Arsenal were playing with ten men for much of the game too after Rekik received a harsh red card.
There’s a report on the game on the Chelsea website if you’re interested in reading more. Disappointingly, there’s absolutely nothing written about the game on Arsenal’s official website. Here’s a few highlights from YouTube.
For an 18 year old, he looks physically strong and he certainly caused the Chelsea defence problems. Any team from Arsenal which thrashes Chelsea is good news in my book but right now, it’s only something the women and academy are able to do. Give it time eh, give it time.
What’s great for Arsenal is that within the next few years, some of players who were beating the Chelsea under 23’s will be in the first team. They’d have had time working together in training, playing on a match day and building good relationships both on and off the pitch. The thought of Biereth and Balogun leading our attack is exciting I think. Plus we have Moller who is tipped to be top notch striker in time.
Of course Biereth is right, Arsenal are again an attractive club for younger players because Mikel Arteta has ripped up ‘let’s sign ready made’ script. All our summer signings were young with their best days in the game yet to come. Hopefully Arteta will be the one to turn Arsenal into a club which challenges for trophies but if he’s not, then so be it. It’ll be of his own doing if he’s replaced.
Biereth is as Rick says, the new kid on the block but he’s not the only one who looks as if he’ll enjoy a good career at Arsenal. Taylor-Hart, Patino, Balogun, Rekik, Ballard, John-Jules, Hein, to name a few, have a great chance of pushing their way into the first team in the future.
For now though, the enjoyment I get from watching Arsenal is mainly from the new signings Arsenal made in the summer along with the likes of Gabriel, ESR, Saka, Martinelli (when he plays) Tierney, AMN etc. Aubameyang, Pepe, Xhaka and even Leno just continue to disappoint. Still, they won’t always be at Arsenal.
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