Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has explained why the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe are struggling for regular game time.

Recall that all three players were unused substitutes as Arsenal thrashed Sheffield United 6-0 in the Premier League on Monday.

Smith Rowe has made just 16 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners this season, while Nketiah and Nelson have also seen their opportunities somewhat limited.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League tie against Brentford on Saturday, Arteta was asked at his pre-match press conference why the trio did not come off the bench at Bramall Lane.

The Spaniard said, “We discussed things and we cannot play every player in every game.

“Those players played a few games ago against Newcastle and they had opportunities to do that.

“Now we have five subs, before we had only three, so we have another two players happy.

“That is the way I take it, but you always have players who want to be involved and play, but unfortunately it is impossible.

“It is not in our hands, it is impossible to achieve that so they know that.”

EPL: Arteta explains why three Arsenal players are struggling for regular game time

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