If there have been any positives for Arsenal this season, it is the emergence and integration of several youngsters who have often outshone their more senior counterparts.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

There are few things better in football than seeing a youngster not only come through your Academy to make it into the first team but watch them boss it as well.

This season we’ve had Bukayo Saka steal just about everybody’s show and while a few of the youngsters have been around the fringes of the first team for a season or two, this year they seemed to really announce their arrival.

“I have a lot of faith in the young talent that we have at the football club, we need the right stability and the right foundations around [the young players] to make sure that they develop in the right way, at the right moment and with the right amount of pressure behind them,” Arteta said.

“In order to do that it is a process and if you want to speed up that process you risk burning them and burning that process and we cannot do that. We have some great young players who have been playing probably more than they should have been doing but they are showing great maturity and the personalities to play in difficult moments which is great for their experience.

“But as well, we need the other players to support them in the right way and that’s why we’re trying to achieve this balance to be very competitive but also excited about the future ahead of us.”

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