Arsenal’s decision to recall Mika Biereth branded a ‘major disappointment’ by club | Football

Mika Biereth is yet to make his first-team debut for Arsenal (Getty)

Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell has described Arsenal’s decision to recall Mika Biereth from his loan spell as a ‘major disappointment’.

The 20-year-old forward joined the Scottish club in August and has impressed during his time in the SPL with six goals in 14 appearances.

It’s understood that Sheffield Wednesday are keen on a loan deal for Biereth and Arsenal have brought the striker back to the club ahead of a potential move to the Championship.

‘Mika has been recalled. It’s been a difficult one for us over the last 24 hours. Arsenal have called him back. It’s a major, major disappointment to us of course,’ Kettlewell said.

‘They feel that he’s been in a terrific position. They’ve loved the working environment here. Again, I go back to the personal relationship with myself and the player and the staff to the player. It’s been terrific, it’s been really, really good.

Motherwell's Mika Biereth (centre) is tackled by Celtic's Liam Scales (left) during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow

Mika Biereth has impressed during his loan spell at Motherwell (PA)

‘This was a little bit unexpected, the conversation was that Mika would stay here until the end of the season as recently as last week; that he would 100% be staying at Motherwell unless something really big came on the table for Arsenal and something that they thought was an opportunity that they can’t turn down.

‘There’s a situation there that’s completely out of our hands that they believe that there’s an opportunity to send him to another club that takes him that step beyond where we are just now. My hands are tied on that, it’s a major disappointment on that one for me.

‘There’s been a huge thank you from Arsenal for how we’ve handled the player and how we’ve treated him and the strides that he’s made over the last six months or so, five months or so.

‘We love working with him, we love having him in our group. He’s a good player, everybody has seen that. But as I say, I can only say that it’s a situation which is completely out of our control.

‘There’s a recall on all of these loans and we felt that unless something major came in that Mika was going to be here. But it seems that an opportunity has come about. That’s not for me to tell anybody what that is or what that looks like.

‘All I can tell you is that the player has been recalled and is back down at Arsenal.’

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