Arsenal has one of the Premier League’s youngest teams, but that has not stopped them from charging for the top 4 despite a slow start under Mikel Arteta
Kieran Tierney insists on the “belief”Arsenal’s squad surpasses their youth element and they are aiming for a Champions League spot.
Gunners’ summer recruitment drive saw them target a specific type of player, with many new faces under 23.
Benjamin White and Aaron Ramsdale, Sambi Loonga, Martin Odegaard, and Martin Odegaard were some of those who arrived.
People immediately questioned the lack of skill in the squad’s starting line, and they struggled to overcome three consecutive defeats.
They have turned the tide with their young team now aiming for a Champions League place next season.
Tierney joined Arsenal at the age of 24 and is now one of the most experienced players at Arsenal.
The Scotland international insists that the average age of the squad doesn’t matter, provided they believe in what they are trying to achieve.
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He shared his story The Face “Very positive. We know what we’re doing, we know where we want to be and we know it’s going to be hard. But we’re positive and we believe.
“We know we’ve got a young squad, but what we do have is that belief and that’s the main thing.”
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are two of the leading stars at the Emirates. Gabriel Martinelli too is expected to grow in stature over the coming years.
Mikel Arteta never veered from his beliefs and the club’s strategy and is slowly beginning to prove the doubters wrong.
Several of his stars were somewhat thrown in at the deep end as teenagers.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits that there will always remain questions, but that giving them the opportunity to answer those questions was critical.
He stated: “You always question that but when you make the decision to go through that route, you want them to get some consistency.
“Because they had never done it at such a high level before and because we had many of them.
“But they have proven that they can do it and they have been really demanding with themselves and at the same time they have handled difficult situations in a great way.”
Arteta also highlighted north London’s turnaround after last year’s win over Wolves.
After three games, they were placed at the bottom of their table. However, the coach said that they can finish in fourth place, citing the importance to keep your principles.
He said: “After three defeats in the first three games we had to avoid relegation. You just have to be consistent with your vision and the way you prepare and believe the result will come.
“”At the end May, we will be fighting for those places.”