Arsenal: Young Gunners, The Team for the Future

Arsenal fired in six goals to beat Sheffield United 6-0 in their Carling Cup match. Arsène Wenger named a line-up that had an average age of 19 – something that’s out of the ordinary in the EPL. Many critics will argue that Wenger is counting on a base of instability. But Wenger stands by his ideal of giving an open opportunity to his youth players and this without a doubt is a sign of good intention in itself.

Arsenal failed to finish as strong as they had began their campaign last season and they would attest this failure through the team’s inexperience. Fingers were pointed at Cesc Fàbregas, who led his team’s midfield at the age of 20. Questions were raised about whether such young, raw players could carry such a difficult task in arguably, the biggest & best league in the world.

But Arsenal have something that most EPL teams don’t and that’s open-mindedness. While most teams, like Chelsea, Liverpool & Manchester United have chosen a kind of short-term plan – Arsenal’s got something that has the potential to become really special. Wenger’s youth policy may be deemed as vulnerable because of his openness to count on such young talent. However, the future is not so far away & Arsenal has got it right to stick with a young core, rather than an aging one.

And with such a great array of young talent in the club, it’s almost expected that there’s great things to look forward to in North London. The thought of having a matured side that includes Fàbregas, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Vela & Aaron Ramsey is a vision worth waiting for. And Wenger knows patience is truly the key, as Arsenal is the team for the future.


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