Jamie Carragher says he is surprised Mikel Arteta continues to overlook William Saliba at Arsenal.
The 19-year-old centre-back is yet to make his debut for the Gunners since his £27 million move from Saint-Etienne.
Arsenal are now considering the option of loaning out Saliba in the January transfer window, and the defender is keen to return to his former club Saint-Etienne.
But Carragher believes Arteta needs to turn to Arsenal’s young players, including Saliba, following the team’s poor start to the Premier League campaign.
‘Arteta impressed me last year because he was able to win by sacrificing certain ideals to reflect the limitations of the squad he inherited,’ Carragher wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
‘The mistake this season has been in seeking to impose the possession-game of Guardiola’s Manchester City every week when the quality is not there yet. The defeat at Tottenham Hotspur was the grimmest example.
‘Arteta knows that the reason Guardiola’s system works so brilliantly is every player works in synchronicity. There are no passengers and at their best work as tirelessly without the ball as with it.
‘Arteta can get on the right path by working with the top class youngsters emerging from his academy, assisted by the correct assortment of more experienced players. Bukayo Saka is one of the most exciting young players in England.
‘Arteta must stake his reputation on them as he eases out those unsuited to the philosophy, building a younger, more active team over the course of two or three windows to correct the errors of the last five or six.’