Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hailed the impact Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have made at Arsenal and played up the importance of tying down the two 18-year-olds to new contracts.
Both players secured significant pay rises this week when they penned extensions committing them to the club until 2024.
Combined, the duo has featured in 61 matches this season and been directly involved 28 goals.
While their eye-catching contributions have grabbed the headlines, other youngsters, including Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson have also been making decent strides.
Speaking to the official matchday programme ahead of Leicester’s visit to the Emirates, the captain suggested the future is bright for the Gunners.
“It was great for the club that Bukayo and Gabi signed new contracts last week,” he said.
“They have made a big, big impact at the club even though they are only teenagers.
“Particularly for Bukayo, it must be amazing to sign that contract and think back to when he first put on an Arsenal shirt in the Academy when I think he was only six or seven.
“Both of them are such impressive players already, they have so much to their games – as Bukayo showed with that brilliant goal on Saturday when he just guided it in so nicely.”
Aubameyang, who was something of a late bloomer, couldn’t help but look back on his own development coming through the ranks at AC Milan.
“It’s funny for me looking back because at 18 I was really raw, there was a lot more for me to learn and it took me a few years to really see all of my potential.
“But these boys – and you can say the same about Joe and Eddie too – they already seem to have lots of mature attributes.
“And the great thing is that they are making an impression at the highest level now, but the key is that they are hungry to work hard and really want to learn more and get better and better.”