Arsene Wenger has revealed the perfect age range for the core of any successful team.
The Arsenal squad has a mix of older heads coupled with more youthful rising stars, and the manager says it is important to have this balance.
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“To be a real football player, you need to be 23 years old because before you have learned your job, you can have a great game and after, sometimes an average game,” Wenger said.
“You can have one or two exceptional talents, like at the moment we have Hector Bellerin and Iwobi, but the core of the team has to be from 23 to 30.
“If you look at the national teams, you never win a tournament with a young team, because it’s more mental at some stage to win something big.
“You need to have a certain level of experience.”
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