Wenger to stick with young Gunners

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The Frenchman has long used the competition to give his youngsters a taste of first-team football and this season has been no different as the likes of Matt Macey, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah have all been given their chances.

And, speaking ahead of tonight’s visit of the Hammers to the Emirates Stadium, Wenger said: "It's a very exciting bunch of young players.

"I made the decision a few months ago to try and keep them at the club because I believe they all have futures at the club.

"I am convinced as well, but it is very important for Arsenal to continue giving chances to young players we educate here.

"For example on Saturday, we had four players who have been developed in our academy - Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere, Hector Bellerin and Ainsley [Maitland-Niles].

"That shows you that our level you have not many teams who can show up with that. That's a positive sign. We have some good young players coming through as well, behind them."