Picture this team:
The average age of this starting eleven is 22 years old. If you told me that this would be our team at the beginning of the season I would make a cuppa, sit down and explain to you how this would take a beating at home to Bournemouth nevermind contend with the top six. But what do we think now?
See the reality is that this team is good. Very good. What I’d have said originally is that it lacks character, but with Matteo Guendouzi lifting Arsenal onto his back and carrying them over the line in recent games I question this. Not to forget Bellerín’s performance as captain in the Europa League and Kieran Tierney’s previous leadership skills.
Arsenal fans are sick of Unai Emery. The good ebenin’ merchant seems to have one thing going for him in what has been a turbulent time during his tenure: the inclusion of youth. I am certain that under many managers Guendouzi wouldn’t have been given games to flourish, Saka wouldn’t have started in Frankfurt and Willock wouldn’t be number ten, but Unai has had faith. And maybe he has to keep pushing it that way.
As devastatingly good as Aubameyang is (he should still start up front), at 30 years old there’s going to be a time in the not so distant future where has to step aside and Gabriel Martinelli looks to be the perfect replacement. Four goals already for Arsenal and with lethal finishes to boot, the Brazilian, I think, has surprised us all.
The Hale End is in its Golden Generation and it is time to let them play. Age is just a number and “You can’t win anything with kids” was just bollocks anyway. Experience is key and of course the team at the start of the article is by no means who should start away to Manchester City, but it’s the path that Arsenal really should take.
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