Make no mistake about it, but the Gunners current crop of young English talent doesn’t look like it’s going to fade into obscurity like Wenger’s class of 2012. Far from it.
Arsenal have been accused of lacking an edge or bottle in the past, but this group of players, both young and old, have shown excellent character to bounce back from the club’s worst-ever start to a season; which is no mean feat for a club the size of Arsenal.
Although chastening at the time, that experience should stand them in good stead, especially on the international stage.
It’s still early doors for Smith Rowe and Ramsdale, and they’ll certainly face sterner tests than San Marino. But they both looked at home playing for England. There should be plenty more to come from two of the Premier League’s standout stars this term. Bukayo Saka is already in a league of his own after he was queried in the summer; his excellent performance, at both left-back and on the right-wing, shows that he is an absolute must-have in Gareth Southgate’s squad already.
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