“He needs to play and we’ve been wanting to use him a little bit more on some occasions and we didn’t,” he said last month.
“To be fair, when he’s played, he’s played well, but at his age and for what he’s done the last two or three seasons, he needs more minutes.”
Against Olympiacos in the Europa League, a competition he has played in more than any other, he may have been expecting a place in the matchday squad.
But even with the ability to name 12 and make five substitutions, the 21-year-old still missed out.
The fact that Arteta opted to name two keepers, included untested Karl Hein, perhaps says it all.