Perhaps the biggest blunder of Arteta as Arsenal manager was refusing to sell high on him by allowing him to go to Wolves, convincing him he was a part of his plan, then leaving him out in cold and tanking his value.
Not even top 5 biggest blunder and that says it all reallyPerhaps the biggest blunder of Arteta as Arsenal manager was refusing to sell high on him by allowing him to go to Wolves, convincing him he was a part of his plan, then leaving him out in cold and tanking his value.
I don't think anyone 'ruined' this guy, he's just not very good.
Has good physical attributes but is average technically and seems to have issues with both motivation and concentration.
It would be nice to see AMN go to a team that doesn't insist on making him a RB.
His 1v1 defending is about the only thing about him as a full-back that can be used as an advantage. Everything else he does there is exactly what happens when you put a midfielder there to play. He's not that good there, he's never been consistent as a full-back and he'd have been far better off if he just developed in midfield like he was supposed to. His career is already only a smidgen of what it could have been, and partly that's his fault for not applying himself fully but I also blame his managers for not moving him across the backline and never giving him the run of minutes in midfield when they had opportunities to do so and didn't. Just because they rate him more as a full back doesn't mean it's correct or that I should have to!I know you prefer AMN in midfield and you would rather see him move to a club where he can get more game time there.
However there has to come a point in his career where he looks at where he achieves success. He got his England caps based on his ability to play wing back.
Football is changing. More substations and higher physical demands mean fullbacks won't play every game in the season. It also means that the games call for different scenarios. Players to shut games down. Players to end games.
For all of AMNs lack of concentration in possession and as much as he has the ability to play Central midfield, I don't think his ability to play in midfield surpasses how good he is 1v1 vs a top class winger. I think that skill is more valuable.
I think Arteta used it while he was here and he still needs it in big games vs big players who keep AMNs mind engaged. Give him dead time where we are in control and he loses concentration. Give him. World class winger to deal with and he is focused.
Isn't it time he grew up? 2 failed loans. One at CM where the manager said to play anywhere for Arsenal. The other where he got no game time and still played fullback.