After Today’s Defeat, Arsenal Striker Admits He Is Struggling With Confidence

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Arsenal academy striker Stephy Mavididi has admitted he is struggling with confidence issue.

The forward who is highly rated at the Emirates has struggled to score goals in recent months and has admitted lack of confidence is his major problem. The striker is now determined to get his confidence back as he hopes to make an impact in the Gunners U21 squad and then the first team.

“I came to Arsenal late because of the World Cup, but started well. I was full of confidence and was scoring freely. I was playing regularly but then the goals stopped coming so easily, I played less regularly and as a result my confidence dropped,” as quoted by London24.

“Confidence is vital because when you are full of it, especially for a striker, everything is so easy. You take your chances almost on auto-pilot. At the same time, it’s scoring goals that help boost your confidence.

“What I’ve been doing is trying to practice to develop my finishing. I have spoken a lot about it with Thierry Henry, who coaches us, and he’s tried to get me to be more decisive – to go with my instinct in front of goal and not question my decision about how I’m going to score.

“If your confidence is low, you can start hesitating and that’s when you are more likely to miss. I try to take every opportunity in training and give myself the best chance of finishing every effort. I feel better now than I have been and hopefully the goals will soon start flowing freely again.”

The striker has also trained with the Gunners first team in recent weeks and says training the likes of Mertesacker and Koscielny will definitely improve him as a player but for now he is focused on the U21.


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