Arsenal’s 4-0 victory against Norwich was shown on BT Sport yesterday and the Gunners have received a lot of praise for their performance.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was one of the pundits talking about the north London side and he was particularly impressed with some of the youth at the Emirates Stadium. He believes Mikel Arteta has a great crop of young players at the club and feels that the Spaniard should start to rebuild his squad around three of their young stars in Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Joe Willock.
Speaking on BT Sport (via The Mirror), he said: “I think the great thing about seeing Saka’s tweet there and his statement is about how he loves the club, he believes in the philosophy and he wants to move forward here.
They need more players who think like that and they need to build around that. I’d build around him, around Martinelli, around Willock.
“These young players who have come through and the badge needs something to these boys, and they need to get players to build around that as well. To understand that and to come in and accept that this is the place we want to be, we believe in the management and we want to go forward together.”
It’s hard to disagree with Ferdinand on this one. Saka (18), Martinelli (19) and Willock (20) have all been progressing greatly this campaign and have clearly adapted well to both the Arsenal squad and the tough physicality of the Premier League. Between them they have made 96 appearances in all competitions this season, per Transfermarkt, and this highlights the faith that both Arteta and former Gunners manager Unai Emery have in the young stars.
The experience they are getting this season will help their growth massively and, under the right guidance, they could grow into future world-class stars, so there is no reason not to plan in the way Ferdinand has said and look to build a squad around them. A plan like this could help Arsenal to become a Premier League force again during the 2020s.
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