Once again Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal have to find the right balance between youth and experience to ensure that his latest crop of young players comes through in the best possible way.
The Gunners beat Southampton 2-0 with goals from two academy players, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock, while Bukayo Saka also started the game.
The Arsenal boss sounds excited about what they can bring to the future of the club, but wary about putting too much pressure on them too soon.
“I have a lot of faith in the young talent we have at the football club, but we need the right stability and foundations around them to make sure they develop in the right way, at the right moment, with the right amount of talent behind them.
“But to do that, it’s a process and if you want to speed up that process, you risk burning them and burning all the process – and you cannot do that.
“We have some young players who are playing more football than they probably should be doing, but they’re showing great maturity and lot of personality to play in difficult moments which is great for their experience.
“But as well we need the other players to support them the right way, and that’s what we are trying to achieve.
“To find this balance to be very competitive but as well very excited about the future ahead of us.”
Reiss Nelson is in line for a start, so too goalscorer Willock, while young midfielder Matt Smith may again be included in the squad.