Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth last night was out first away victory since beating West Ham on December 9th, and only the third game we’ve won on the road all season.
In came in no small part thanks to the club’s next generation, an exciting crop of young talent who represent the future.
Three 20 year olds (Matteo Guendouzi, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah), and a couple of 18 year olds (Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka) were pivotal to the performance and the result, and a clearly delighted Mikel Arteta was full of praise for them afterwards.
“They were terrific,” said the Arsenal boss.
“Their work rate as well. For me it’s the courage to play, you know, to make big decisions, to not be scared and play safe. That’s the difference with these three kids. Eddie again was terrific and Joe as well.
“I really like Joe in that position. I think he can be an outstanding player playing there and he showed that tonight.
“I think they executed everything that we planned in a really good way. They have courage to play, they have courage to make big decisions.
“They are important in this side. They are not the icing on the cake, no no, they are probably the core of that team at the moment and to play with that accountability and decision, I really like it.”
Not only are they showing real character in the way they play, they’re also coupling that with end product and that’s a massive positive when some more senior players are struggling to do that.
Young Gun Stats 2019-20
Gabriel Martinelli: Goals 10, Assists 4
Bukayo Saka: Goals 3, Assists 6
Joe Willock: Goals 4
Eddie Nketiah: Goals 1 (in 1 start)