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Mikel Arteta slammed by ex-Arsenal starlet’s brother for his treatment of young players

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal endured a rotten evening as they saw their FA Cup ended at the first hurdle against Liverpool and the Gunners’ boss has now been on the end of severe criticism Mikel Arteta has been told to “free” Arsenal’s young players by Omari Hutchinson’s brother almost two years after his exit.

The midfielder was part of the Gunners’ youth set-up for seven years and was rewarded with his first professional contract in 2020. Hutchinson was never given a first-team debut – the closest he came was a place on the bench in an FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest in January 2022.
Hutchinson eventually quit the Emirates for London rivals Chelsea that summer. He now finds himself in the midst of a loan spell with Championship promotion chasers Ipswich.
His brother Oshaye has now taken aim at Arteta for the lack of opportunities afforded to the club’s youngsters in the aftermath of the Gunners’ FA Cup exit at the hands of Liverpool. Seven Arsenal academy graduates were included in the matchday squad but only established, first-team stars received minutes – the likes of Ethan Nwaneri, Lino Sousa and Reuell Walters all left on the bench.
Taking to Instagram, Oshaye wrote: “Some people owe my brother an apology. All the abuse and hate comments he received when he left Arsenal. I hope you guys are all seeing why!

“Man City [youth] debut, Chelsea debut, Liverpool, Spurs youth played. Arsenal [did not]. I feel sorry for my Arsenal youth man. Free the guys.”
Since leaving Arsenal, Hutchinson has made a couple of appearances for Chelsea, while he has also scored three goals in 25 appearances for adopted employers Ipswich. Speaking about the reasons why he quit the Gunners, he did not harbour any regrets.
Speaking to The Athletic, the midfielder said: “I was at Arsenal from 11 to playing for the under-23s. I have a lot of friends there and obviously the coaching staff, so it was a difficult decision to leave.

“I always felt loved there. All the fans were waiting for me to push on into the first team. But things didn’t just work out for one reason or another.
I just had to get over stuff like that. I spoke to the people at Chelsea, saw the pathway they had for me, knew the staff there and some of the players. I already knew Reece James and he told me to come. Everyone gave Chelsea a positive review. I believe it has worked out so far.”
Hutchinson will be hoping he can help Ipswich get their promotion fight back on track this weekend. Kieran McKenna’s side are winless in five Championship games – a run of form that has seen them fall 10 points behind runaway leaders Leicester.

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