By Nick Ames
Nico Yennaris believes that hard work will give him the best possible chance of succeeding at Arsenal and he won't ease off now that first-team football is in his sights.
The lifelong Gunner, who made an impressive Premier League debut against Manchester United in January, told this month’s Official Arsenal Magazine that he has taken the advice of Club staff firmly to heart.
“I’ve always believed that what you put in is what you get out,” said Yennaris.
“One of the coaches here once said to me that if you’re going to fail, do so through your ability and not your work rate. I’ve stuck by that and thought that if it’s not going to be, it can’t be because I haven’t tried.
"I’ve always been focused and worked very hard to give myself the best opportunity of succeeding."
Yennaris' efforts have certainly paid dividends with captain Robin van Persie paying tribute to the 18 year-old's work ethic.
“For the last few weeks I’ve been training with the first team every day and that makes me up my game," noted Yennaris.
"They’re on one level and, as a youth and reserve player, I’d been a step below. Training with these guys has helped me, and Robin has been very good to me too - giving me advice and confidence on the pitch, and telling me just to play my game.
“My whole game in general [has improved]. My decision-making is getting sharper, my passing’s improved, I see the picture more quickly and physically I think I’m becoming stronger too. Now I just need to take all this forward and keep working hard.”
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