Arsenal’s recent turnaround in form is all the more impressive when put into context of just how young their Premier League side is.
Arsenal are on a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League right now, winning five and drawing the other two. Yet you could argue they haven’t been entirely consistent during that period.
The wins over Spurs, Aston Villa, and Leicester City all involved some really encouraging periods of play, but also some spells where the chances dried up and the opponents had glimpses of a way back into games that should have been dead.
The draws with Brighton and Crystal Palace were lucky to be draws at all, given the chances Brighton had and the late equaliser against Palace.
But as Jamie Carragher pointed out after the Palace game, the young age of Arsenal’s lineup makes that somewhat inevitable. At least we’re seeing the foundations of a potentially bright future for the team.
The youth of the Arsenal side was emphasised by a statistic spotted by Daniel Storey of the i newspaper. Of the top-10 youngest average age starting lineups in the Premier League this season, Arsenal have named nine of them.
Those nine lineups spanned average ages from 24.1 to 25.1, significantly younger than most of the rest of the division.
The only time Arsenal did name an older side was in the 5-0 thrashing by Manchester City, with an average age of 26.3. So perhaps it’s worth taking chances on the inexperience and occasional inconsistency of Mikel Arteta’s young players.