By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger says it will not be until this Arsenal side has developed that their current work will be fully appreciated.

Compared to other Premier League title challengers, and European rivals for that matter, Arsenal possess a relatively young team.

Barcelona pipped a side with an average age of just 23 in the Champions League but, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas all established regulars, it is all too easy to forget the youth of Wenger's squad.

And the manager feels the work he is doing now will be felt in years to come.

"We've had a change in policy to sign younger players. It's important for football that there's another way than to just come in, put money on the table and buy a star," said the manager.

"The way we are doing things is right. Whether they play here or somewhere else you'll realise they're big players.

"If I look at this team I'm proud of them, proud of the attitude of the players and the football we play. It's only in this country that we have to face what we face.

"It's important to keep these players together. Nobody talks about the fact we built a new stadium. We have many big players in this team and the future will tell you that."

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8 Apr 2011