Arsene Wenger believes his current crop of young players at Arsenal are capable of matching the Man United class of 1992, according to BBC
Speaking before the two clubs’ Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon, Wenger stated he believes his current youngsters can emulate the success experienced by the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers.
“I would say this group is as successful as Manchester United’s group of players were. We have to show that and we have an opportunity to do that – no-one can stop you if you have quality and attitude.”
Arsenal have enjoyed a successful start to the season, with new record signing Mesut Ozil proving a breath of fresh air in the Gunners’ midfield. However, with young stars such as Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, former Southampton youngsters Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, the Frenchman hopes that Arsenal will have a solid basis for continued success assuming this group of talented players remain together at the Emirates.
Wenger stated his belief that a sense of belonging remains important in the modern game, despite the notion’s necessity appearing to have reduced in recent seasons. He continued: “I believe the sense of belonging is important, and it has certainly been a bit neglected in the modern game – but it is part of the culture of the club, that the club means something to you. That is important for the fans as well.
“I believe in some difficult periods of the season or of a player’s career, that feeling that he belongs there is very important – and that can only be built with players growing up together. We have today in the team Wojciech, who for me is an Arsenal player because he came here at 15 and has grown up here. Wilshere was 10 when he started. That was always my target.”